The Historical Account of Namaz: Prayer (Salat) in Islam (Part 5)
By Nastik Durrani, New Age Islam
14 February, 2014
After we have had a brief account of the meaning, number and timings of Namaz (Islamic prayer), we should now come back to the main theme of the article, that is; the history of Namaz in Islam. I would rather say that the decree of Namaz (Salah) in Islam did not come at once, but it was revealed gradually, first in Mecca and then in Medina. Thus, It was completed after the Prophet (peace be upon him) migrated to Medina. We also get to know that the Prophet’s prayers consisted of only two Rak’ats when he was in Mecca, but they increased in number when he migrated to Medina. Moreover, prayers were categorized into Salat ul Muqeem (non-traveler’s prayer) and Salat ul Musafir (traveler’s prayer). In addition, some more prayers were introduced in Medina whereas they were never offered in Mecca. All this happened because of the nature of the Prophethood that attained its perfection after the Prophet’s migration to Medina. Since Namaz is one of the main pillars of Islam, its edicts progressed with the evolution of Islam.