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In Islam, there is no strictly forbidden time for performing the obligatory (Fard) prayers. Muslims are encouraged to perform the five daily prayers within their designated time frames. The five daily prayers are Fajr (pre-dawn), Dhuhr (noon), Asr (afternoon), Maghrib (evening), and Isha (night).

However, there are certain times during which it is discouraged (Makruh) to perform voluntary (Sunnah or Nafl) prayers. These times include:

  1. **Sunrise and Sunset:**

   – It is generally discouraged to offer voluntary prayers at the exact moments of sunrise and sunset. The time around sunrise is known as “Ishraq,” and the time around sunset is known as “Maghrib.” However, performing the Fajr (pre-dawn) and Maghrib (obligatory) prayers during these times is entirely acceptable.

  1. **When the Sun is at its Zenith (midday):**

   – It is discouraged to perform voluntary prayers when the sun is at its zenith, which is when it is directly above and the shadow is minimal. This time is known as “Zawal.” The Dhuhr (noon) obligatory prayer is an exception, and it is recommended to perform it after the sun has passed its zenith.

It's important to note that these are recommendations for voluntary prayers, and obligatory prayers should be performed within their specified time frames. Muslims are encouraged to adhere to the guidance provided by their local Islamic authorities or scholars regarding prayer timings and practices, as interpretations may vary among different schools of thought.

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