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Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah (17)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:45

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah – Part Three

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Virtues of the Muazzin

• Those who call out the azaan have been described in the Hadith as being from the best servants of Allah Ta‘ala.

عن ابن أبي أوفى قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم إن خيار عباد الله الذين يراعون الشمس و القمر و النجوم و الأظلة لذكر الله (المستدرك للحاكم #163)

Hazrat ibn Abi Aufaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Certainly the best servants of Allah Ta‘ala are those who discharge their ‘ibaadaat upon observing the rising and setting of the sun, the moon, the stars and the (length of the) shadows for the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. they fulfill their ‘ibaadaat in its proper time according to the command of Allah Ta‘ala while keeping an account of time through observing the sun, moon, stars and the length of the shadows as explained in the Ahaadith. Hence, the muazzin accordingly calls out the azaan of each salaah upon its proper time.)

Sunday, 06 November 2016 04:51

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah – Part Two

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Virtues of the Muazzin

• From the creation, all those who hear the voice of the mu,azzin calling out the azaan will testify on his behalf on the day of Qiyaamah.

عن عبد الرحمن بن عبد الله بن عبد الرحمن بن أبي صعصعة الأنصاري ثم المازني عن أبيه أنه أخبره أن أبا سعيد الخدري قال له إني أراك تحب الغنم والبادية فإذا كنت في غنمك أو باديتك فأذنت بالصلاة فارفع صوتك بالنداء فإنه لا يسمع مدى صوت المؤذن جن ولا إنس ولا شيء إلا شهد له يوم القيامة قال أبو سعيد سمعته من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم (صحيح البخاري #609)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Abdir Rahmaan bin Abi Sa’sa’ah relates that on one occasion, Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed Khudri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to him, “I see that you like being with your livestock (i.e. grazing them) in the open fields. When you are amongst your livestock or in the open fields and the time of salaah comes and you wish to call out the azaan, then you should raise your voice and call out the azaan, for certainly jinn, human or any other creature that hear the voice of the muazzin as far as it reaches will testify on his behalf on the day of Qiyaamah.” Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter said, “I heard this from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

Sunday, 06 November 2016 04:45

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah – Part One

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Azaan is among the salient features of the Deen of Islam. Islam has afforded great honor to all those who call out the azaan, inviting people towards salaah. On the day of Qiyaamah, people will admire those who used to call out the azaan in the world on account of their esteemed position and lofty status in the Hereafter. Numerous Ahaadith highlight the great virtues and immense rewards in store for those who call out the azaan.

Virtues of the Muazzin

• The position of the Mu’azzin on the day of Qiyaamah.

عن معاوية رضي الله عنه قال : سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : المؤذنون أطول الناس أعناقا يوم القيامة (صحيح مسلم #387)

Hazrat Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Verily the mu’azzins will have the “longest necks” on the Day of Qiyaamah.”

In this Hadith, the literal meaning is not intended. Rather, the meaning of having “long necks” is that they will occupy distinct positions of honor.

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