Islamic quotes on Adhan: Salah is one of the pillars of Islam, Muslims are obligated to pray five times a day. Alhamdulilah as being Muslims we have been hearing the Adhan (call to prayer) since the day we were born. Why, how, and when did Adhan came into existence are the questions still to be answered.
What is Azan & Its Meaning?
The literal meaning of Adhan is to announce or notify. In the Islamic context, it means the call to prayer to notify Muslims that it is time for Salah and they should make the necessary preparations for it.
10 – Origin Of Adhan
Before the Messenger of Allah came to Madinah the number of Muslims was small, they gathered for Salah without any call. But when the Prophet ﷺ arrived in Madinah the number of Muslims steadily kept increasing. The Prophet of Allah built Masjid e Nabwi so that people could offer Salah regularly. By the second year of Hijri, the number of Muslims had increased a lot. The people used to announce in a loud voice those who were able to hear it came to join Salah and some used to guess the time of Salah but Muslims still felt they needed another means of calling people to Salah. Prophet Muhammad asked the Sahabah for their advice. Some suggested they use a horn for calling people like the Jews or a bell, like the Christians, and some suggested a fire be lit at the time of Salah. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ wasn’t satisfied with any of the ideas. He waited to hear a better idea or to receive guidance from Allah SWT. A Sahabi Abdullah Ibn Zaid came to the Prophet ﷺ and said:
The words were beautiful and full of meaning. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ recognized that the dream of Zaid was true. He asked Zaid to teach the words of Adhan to Bilal. Bilal stood up and called the Adhan. The voice of Bilal resounded throughout Madinah. People came running to Masjid Al-Nabawi.
Significance Of Adhaan
The Adhaan is a very distinguishing feature of our religion which leads to another distinguished aspect of our Deen. Adhaan is an invitation to Salah, a special kind of invitation to present yourself before Allah SWT.
Adhaan is an incredible medium for the proclamation of Oneness of Allah SWT and the Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Adhaan sums up the teachings of Islam.
In this world, you can’t just walk in to meet a King, but Allah SWT the Kings of all Kings, grants general permission through Adhaan, to stand in front of Him. Therefore it is essential that Muadhins are the best people who have the capability of inviting people to Allah’s court.
The Adhan delivered five times a day reminds Muslims to come to Salah and leave all worldly matters behind.
9 – First Words for a New Born Muslim
As discussed in our last post on Sunnah Acts for New Born Baby That Parents Should Follow, one of the first words a newborn Muslim baby hears is that of the adhan. This is based on the following tradition:
Abu Rafi’ reported: I saw the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, pronounce the call to prayer in the ear of Hasan ibn Ali after Fatimah gave birth to him.
Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1514
8 – Shaitan Flees from Adhan
It is narrated by Abu Hurairah, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
7 – Glad Tidings For The Muadhin (The One Who Calls Out Adhaan)
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
6 – Reward For Delivering Adhan
Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said:
5 – Muadhin Will Stand Out On The Day Of Judgement
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
4 – Meaning Of Adhaan
Here are the words of Adhan in Arabic, the repetition is merely for the sake of emphasis. The words of the Adhaan are in Arabic as proven by Sunnah and should be recited that way. This is called out by the Muadhin near the time of prayer, a Muadhin usually appointed at every Masjid. He would stand facing the Qibla, with forefingers in his ears and calls out loudly:
3 – Ettiquettes Of Adhan
- The Sunnah (the practice of the Prophet of Allah) is when you hear the Adhan listen attentively and repeat silently after the Muadhin is saying, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
It is highly recommended that you stop talking and listen to the Adhaan, it is highly disrespectful that you continue with whatever you are doing regardless of the Adhaan being called out. It is not mentioned anywhere in Sunnah but it is basic common sense if you keep talking how will you repeat the words after the Muadhin.
- Send salutations upon the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, Abdullah Bin Amr reported Allah’s Messenger ﷺ as saying:
2 – Duaá After Adhaan
It is narrated by Jabar bin Abdullah that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
Meaning and Transliteration
When you are done reciting the dua after Adhaan, make dua to Allah SWT, as the time between Adhaan and Iqamah supplications are not rejected.
Have a look at Best Times to Make Dua For Highest Chances of Acceptance
1 – Conditions Of Adhan
So, to conclude Adhaan is not just the means of collecting people in one place but also reminding them of the obligatory religious duty, which is Salah.
Q. Is the hadith about not able to recite Shahadah at the time of death if you talk during Adhaan, true?
This holds no basis in our religion but ceasing to talk out of respect is recommended.
Q. What should I do if I am reciting the Quran when Adhaan is called out?
Halt your recitation respond to the Adhaan, then resume your recitation.
Q. Adhaan In English, is that possible? Or any other language?
No, only in Arabic it must be called out as proven by Sunnah. Translations can be available in any language but not the original Adhaan.