Why Do Ismailis Pray Three Times A Day Instead of Five?

The Qur’ān only mentions three specific prayer times:

And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember. (11:114)

The five prayer times are not explicitly mentioned in the Holy Qur’ān and are derived via interpretation. As there are several possible interpretations, the Ismā‘īlī Muslims follow the guidance of Mawlānā Ḥāḍir Imām who, as the legitimate authority and interpreter of the Qur’ān, has specified the number of prayers for his community to perform in the current times and contexts. See also the below article about the history of prayer times in the Qur’ān:


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