The Zuhr prayer (Arabic: صَلَاة ٱلظُّهْر ṣalāt aẓ-ẓuhr, "noon prayer") is one of the five mandatory salah (Islamic prayer). As an Islamic day starts at sunset, the Zuhr prayer is technically the fourth prayer of the day.[1][better source needed] If counted from midnight, it is the second prayer of the day.[2][better source needed][3][better source needed]

Zuhr prayer
Official nameصلاة الظهر، صلاة الزوال
Also calledZenith prayer
Observed byMuslims
SignificanceA Muslim prayer offered to God at the noon hour of the morning.
ObservancesSunnah prayers
BeginsZenith - Noon
Related toSalah, Siesta, Nap, Five Pillars of Islam

It contains four units (rakaʿāt) and begins after the sun reaches its zenith.[4]

On Friday, the Zuhr prayer is replaced or preceded by Friday prayer which is obligatory for Muslim men who are above the age of puberty and meet certain requirements[clarification needed] to pray in congregation either in a mosque or with a group of Muslims.[citation needed]

The khutbah is given by the imam.

It is also transliterated Dhuhr, Duhr or Thuhr.

The five daily prayers collectively are one pillar of the Five Pillars of Islam, in Sunni Islam, and one of the ten Ancillaries of the Faith (Furū al-Dīn) according to Shia Islam.

Name variationsEdit

Region/country Language Main
Arab world Arabic صلاة الظهر
(ṣalāt aẓ-ẓuhr)
Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan,Kashmir Persian نماز پشین ،نماز ظهر
(namâz-e zohr/namâz-e peshīn)
Afghanistan Pashto ماسپښین


Pakistan, India Urdu, Hindi نماز ظہر

नमाज़-ए ज़ुह्र
(namāz e zuhr)

Turkey Turkish Öğle namazı
Sous (Morocco) Tashelhit ⵜⴰⵥⴰⵍⵍⵉⵜ ⵏ ⵜⵣⵡⴰⵔⵏⵉⵏ
(Taẓallit n tzwarnin)
Ghardaïa (Algeria) Tumẓabt ⵜⵥⴰⵍⵍⵉⵜ ⵏ ⵜⵣⵣⴰⵔⵏⵉⵏ
(Tẓallit n tzzarnin)
Kazakhstan Kazakh Бесін намазы
(Besin namazy)
Azerbaijan Azeri Zöhr namazı
Albania, Kosovo Albanian Namaz i mesditës
Balkans Bosnian Podne-namaz
Bengal Bengali যোহর/যুহর (Zuhor)
Greater Somalia (Somalia, Djibouti, Somali Region) Somali Salaada Duhur
Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia (nationwide) Indonesian, Malay Salat zuhur, Solat zuhur
Indonesia (West Java, Banten) Sundanese Lohor
Uzbekistan Uzbek Peshin namozi
Iraqi Kurdistan Sorani نوێژی نیوەڕۆ

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Islamic date (Hijri date) starts after Maghrib – Permanent Committee, AbdurRahman website, Published 9 September 2009, Retrieved 23 May 2020
  2. ^ see 'Glossary', Retrieved 12 July 2020
  3. ^ Significance of Offering The Isha Prayer and Its Benefits, QuranReading website, Published 29 January 2015, Retrieved 14 May 2017
  4. ^ "Salat al-Duhr". Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Archived from the original on 2019-10-25. Retrieved 2019-10-25. Noon prayer. Second of five mandatory daily prayers (salat), containing four cycles (rakah). Performed immediately after the sun reaches its zenith. Given the restrictions of modern business hours, it is increasingly being performed in the workplace during lunch breaks. On Fridays it is part of the communal prayers (jumah).