Prayer Times and Holiday Schedule

Five daily prayers are prescribed for Muslims. Prayer times vary during the year. One or two prayers fall within the work or school times. See typical prayer times at the end of the page.

The image below depicts the prayer times for the whole year. Notice that while the time for the early afternoon prayer (shown in green) doesn’t change much (it could be prayed right before 2 PM any day), the times for other prayers may change significantly with the changing sunrise and sunset times during the year. For example, the early morning prayer (shown in cyan) can be performed as early as 4 AM in July or as late as 7 AM in January. Similarly, the evening prayer could be as early as 5 PM in January or as late as 10 PM in July. The prayer times shift one hour due to Daylight Saving Times in March and November.  The dark gray areas corresponding to sunrise, midday, and sunset are the times  when prayers are not allowed.

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The image could be downloaded and printed for reference here.

There are two main holidays, known as Eids in Islam, Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha. They are determined based on the lunar calendar and expected to take place about 12 days earlier every year.

Year Eid ul-Fitr Eid ul-Adha
2016 Wednesday, July 6, 2016 Sunday, September 11, 2016
2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 Friday, September 1, 2017
2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Many websites provide detailed daily, monthly, yearly prayer times. See for example: Islamic Finder

The early and late afternoon prayers may occur during a typical school/work day in the Twin Cities. The table below shows the times these prayer periods begin at in various days of the year.

Date Dhur (Early Afternoon prayer) Asr (Late Afternoon prayer)
Jan 15 12:23 PM 2:39 PM
Apr 15 1:14 PM 5:00 PM
Jun 15 1:14 PM 5:23 PM
Sep 15 1:09 PM 4:38 PM
Nov 15 11:58 AM 2:22 PM