How to perform the afternoon (asr) prayer (Sunnah)

The afternoon (asr) prayer consists of eight rak'ahs: four rak'ahs of sunnah and four rak'ahs of fard. The sunnah is performed first.

First the intention is uttered as follows: "I intend to perform the sunnah of the afternoon prayer." Then, the sunnah of the afternoon prayer is performed like the sunnah of the noon prayer. However, while sitting after the second rak'ah, salawat are uttered after at-Tahiyyat. After salawat are uttered, it is necessary to stand up by saying Allahu Akbar. At the beginning of the third rak'ah, Subhanaka and audhu basmala are read before the chapter of al-Fatiha and additional chapter or verses from the Quran. The fourth rak'ah is performed like the fourth rak'ah of the sunnah of the noon prayer.

The fard of the afternoon (asr) prayer is performed just like the noon prayer. Only the intention is different. Qira'ah is also read silently in the afternoon prayer.

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