When Exactly is the Last Third of the Night?
  • Question:

    What is the exact time of the last third of the night?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    The third portion of the night (before dawn) is a blessed time for prayers and supplications.

    The specific timing for this varies based on seasons and regions.

    A simple way to calculate the exact time, would be to divide the night in three portions. The beginning of the night would start at the start time of ʿEshāʿ. The conclusion of the night would be at the beginning time of Fajr. So if ʿEsha commences at 6 pm and Fajr at 5 am. 2:30 am would be the start of the last third of the night.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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