Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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The time between noon and evening. The Qurʾān refers frequently to various times of the day, but does not explicitly mention the afternoon. In most cases this segment of the day appears simply in the context of instructions for Muḥammad's followers involving the Islamic rituals that were being established during his lifetime.

Several passages that address Muḥammad's situation in Mecca before his emigration to Medina command him to perform a ritual prayer (see prayer ) twice daily: “at the two ends of the day” ( q 11:114), “at evening and at dawn” ( q 40:55), etc. (Welch, Muḥammad's unde…

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Welch, Alford T., “Afternoon”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00012>

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