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Adhaan (Call for Prayer)

Fard (Compulsory) Salah should preferably be offered in the mosque in congregation. All other Salah can be offered privately at home. To call muslims to salah, the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW) introduced the system of adhaan in the first Hijra (Migration of the Prophet (SAW) to Madina. Adhaan signals that the time of Salah has arrived.

The person who gives Adhaan is called Mu'adhdhin (Caller).Allah says in the Quran " Who speaks better than one who calls to Allah and acts righteously" (Hamim As-Sajdah 41:33).

The first Mu'adhdhin of Islam in Madinah was Ibn Rabah. When calling to Salah the Mu'adhdhin stands in the minaret or in the courtyard of the mosque, facing Qiblah and raises his hands up to his ears and calls out:

Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)

Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)

Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)

Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)

Ashadudu an la ilaha illallah ( I testify that there is no god but Allah)

Ashadudu an la ilaha illallah ( I testify that there is no god but Allah)

Ashhadu anna muhammadar rasulullah ( I testify that Muhammad (SAW) is Allah's messenger)

Ashhadu anna muhammadar rasulullah ( I testify that Muhammad (SAW) is Allah's messenger)

Hayya Alas salah (Rush to Salah)

Hayya Alas salah (Rush to Salah)

Hayya Alas falah (rush to success)

Hayya Alas falah (rush to success)

Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)

Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)

La ilaha illal lah (There is no god but Allah)

During the Adhan for Fajr Salah the following words are added after Hayya Ďalal falah:

Assalatu khairum minan nawm (Salah is better than sleep)

Assalatu khairum minan nawm (Salah is better than sleep)

 

Answering to the Adhaan

We should repeat the words the Mu'adhdhin calls out after him. But when he says Hayya'alas Salah and Hayya'alal falah, we should say La hawla wala quwwata illa billah (there is no power and strength except Allah).

After hearing the Mu'adhdhin say Assalatu khairum minan Nawm, we should say - Sadaqta wa bararta (You told the truth and you did good). When the Mu'adhdhin says, Qad qamatis Salah, we should say - Aqamahallahu wa adamaha (May Allah establish it and make it permanent).

Du'a after Adhan

Allahumma Rabba hadhihi-d-da' watit-tammati was-salatil qa'imati, ati Muhammadan al-wasilata wal-fadilata, wab' athhu maqaman mahmudan-il-ladhi wa' adtahu

Meaning: (O Allah! Lord of this perfect call (of not ascribing partners to You) and of the regular prayer which is going to be established! Kindly give Muhammad (s.a.w.) the right of intercession and superiority and send him (s.a.w.) (on the Day of Judgment) to the best and the highest place in Paradise which You promised him)', then intercession for me will be permitted for him on the Day of Resurrection").

Iqamah

Iqamah is the second call to Salah said inside at the beginning of Salah in congregation (Jama'ah). When the musallis (Persons saying Salah) stand in rows, the Mu'adhdhin says Iqamah which exactly like Adhan expect that after Hayya'alal falah, the following words are added:

Qad Qamatis Salah (Salah has begun)

Qad Qamatis Salah (Salah has begun)

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