1. As soon as it is dawn, it time for prayers to begin and, therefore, no righteous person commences any work or business or journey until he has prayed.

2. One is not permitted to eat or drink before prayer.

3. However, certain people such as those who are old or feeble, those who are poor in health, or those who cannot concentrate their minds on the prayers without ‘food or drink, may eat or drink something.

4. One may, however, drink water, tea, or coffee if he does not add sugar or milk to it.

5. One may not go to greet his neighbor before the prayer.

6. He may, however, greet him if he met him by chance, but should alter his speech somewhat, in order to show that he is aware that he must not engage in other matters before prayer.