Good Deed: #119 Adhaan – Call to prayer


41:33 (Y. Ali) Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says, “I am of those who bow in Islam”?

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: When the Muslims arrived at Medina, they used to assemble for the prayer, and used to guess the time for it. During those days, the practice of Adhan for the prayers had not been introduced yet. Once they discussed this problem regarding the call for prayer. Some people suggested the use of a bell like the Christians, others proposed a trumpet like the horn used by the Jews, but ‘Umar was the first to suggest that a man should call (the people) for the prayer; so Allah’s Apostle ordered Bilal to get up and pronounce the Adhan for prayers. Bukhari 1:11:578

Narrated ‘Abdul Rahman: Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri told my father, “I see you liking sheep and the wilderness. So whenever you are with your sheep or in the wilderness and you want to pronounce Adhan for the prayer raise your voice in doing so, for whoever hears the Adhan, whether a human being, a jinn or any other creature, will be a witness for you on the Day of Resurrection.” Abu Said added, “I heard it (this narration) from Allah’s Apostle.” Bukhari 1:11:583

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “If the people knew the reward for pronouncing the Adhan and for standing in the first row (in congregational prayers) and found no other way to get that except by drawing lots they would draw lots, and if they knew the reward of the Zuhr prayer (in the early moments of its stated time) they would race for it (go early) and if they knew the reward of ‘Isha’ and Fajr (morning) prayers in congregation, they would come to offer them even if they had to crawl. Bukhari 1:11:589

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “When the Adhan is pronounced Satan takes to his heels and passes wind with noise during his flight in order not to hear the Adhan. When the Adhan is completed he comes back and again takes to his heels when the Iqama is pronounced and after its completion he returns again till he whispers into the heart of the person (to divert his attention from his prayer) and makes him remember things which he does not recall to his mind before the prayer and that causes him to forget how much he has prayed.” Bukhari 1:11:583

Mu`awiyah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying: “The Mu’adhdhinun (callers to prayer) will have the longest necks on the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim].

The Prophet of Allah has said, “I went to paradise and saw domes of pearl and its dirt is of musk.” He said, “Oh Gabrial, who is this for?” He replied, “This if for your ummah’s Muazzin (one who says the Azaan) and Imams.” [Rawahu Abu Ya’la Fee Musnad]

Beautiful Adhaan (Islamic Call to Prayer) by Tamer Hosny

Action Plan

How the Adhaan is performed

Preferably, there should be an appointed Muadhin at each Mosque who will call the people to prayer when the time of a particular prayer is due. In performing the Adhaan, the Muadhin would stand facing the direction of the “Qiblah” (the sacred mosque in Makkah). He would then raise both hands up to his ears and say in a loud voice the following words:



Allah is the greatest (to be repeated 4 times).


I testify that there is no god but Allah. (to be repeated 2 times).


I testify that Muhammad is Allah’s messenger. (to be repeated 2 times).

Come fast to prayer. (to be repeated 2 times).

The Muadhin, when reciting this turns the face slightly to the right side.


Come fast to success. (to be repeated 2 times).

The Muadhin, when reciting this turns the face slightly to the left side.


Allah is the greatest. (to be repeated 2 times).


There is no god but Allah. (to be recited once).

Note 1: In the Adhaan ,for the Fajr (Dawn) prayer, the following words are recited twice after Hayya’alal Falaah: ASSALATU KHEIRUM MINA NAWM , (to be recited two times) which means – ” Salaat is better than sleep “.

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Beautiful Adhaan for Fajr

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