The ritual prayers prescribed by Islam to be observed five times a day.
- Salat al-Fajr: dawn, before sunrise
- Salat al-Zuhr: midday, after the sun passes its highest
- Salat al-‘Asr: the late part of the afternoon
- Salat al-Maghrib: just after sunset
- Salat al-‘Isha: between sunset and midnight
To understand the importance of Namaz one can see that Namaz(Salat) is one of the 5 most important pillars for its followers. I would like to add here a few of the Sayings of Prophet of Islam, Muhammad SAW.
The following is reported from Abdullah bin Qurt (May Allah be pleased with him): The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “On the Day of Judgment, a slave will be questioned about his prayers first. If his prayers are good, his other deeds will be good, too. If his prayers are bad, his other deeds will be bad, too.” (Tabarani, Targhib)
The following is reported from Hz. Nawfal bin Muawiya (R.A.): “A person who does not perform a prayer on time is like someone whose family and the property was removed.” (Ibn Hibban)
The following is reported from Jabir Ibn Abdullah (r.a): The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Between faith and unbelief is abandoning the prayer.” (Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Musnad)