Islam: The Islamic Call To Prayer - Azan/Adhan/Athan

Islam And the Call To Prayer (Adhan)

The beautiful and true religion of Islam has a call to prayer, which is known as Adhan, or Athan. The Adhan is called continously all around the world at the prescribed times.

All Muslims throughout the world pray 5 times a day. Before every prayer, there is an Adhan which is the Islamic call to prayer to remind people that it is time for the obligatory prayers.

The first person who was a Muazzin to call Muslims to prayer with the Adhan was an Ethiopian ex-slave called Bilal. He was also known as Bilal ibn Rabah or Bilal al-Habashi. This was a man who had the most beautiful voice and he was chosen by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) to call all Muslims to prayer. He embraced Islam before being released from his owner for a high price. He went through a lot of hardship to become a Muslim and his owner, who was against Islam, punished him a lot.

After the Prophets (pbuh) death, Bilal stopped saying Adhan because he loved Prophet Muahmmad so much, like all Muslims should.

Bilal was the first man who called the Muslims for prayer with the Adhan
Bilal was the first man who called the Muslims for prayer with the Adhan

Beautiful Adhan - Must Listen!

What Is The Call To Prayer (Adhan)?

The Muslim call to prayer is very simple and short. It is to remind Muslims that the time to pray has come and to go to the mosque and pray.

The Athan is called like this:

Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar - Allah is the greatest

Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar - Allah is the greatest

Ash-hadu al-la ilaha illa llah - I bear witness that there is no Allah except Allah

Ash-hadu al-la ilaha illa llah - I bear witness that there is no Allah except Allah

Ash-hadu anna Mu─žammadan rasulullah -I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah's Messenger

Ash-hadu anna Mu─žammadan rasulullah - I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah's Messenger

Hayya 'ala s-salah - Come to salat (prayer, worship)

Hayya 'ala s-salah - Come to salat (prayer, worship)

Hayya 'ala 'l-falah - Come to salvation

Hayya 'ala 'l-falah - Come to salvation

Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar - I bear witness that there is no God except Allah

Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar - I bear witness that there is no God except Allah

La ilaha illallah - There is no God except Allah

The minaret is where the Muslim call to prayer (Adhan) is called from
The minaret is where the Muslim call to prayer (Adhan) is called from

How Is The Adhan Called?

The Adhan is called at prescribed times every day, 5 times a day. Usually the Athan is called by a muezzin from a minaret through a mic so that everyone can hear it. This is the case in Muslim countries, but in USA, UK and other parts of the world, the law doesn't allow the call to prayer to be made through a mic. Instead it is just called inside the mosque, or via digital wireless radio which receives the Adhan through the radiowaves.

All practising Muslims know when the prayer times are if they attend the mosque regularly. There are timetables available to take home to check the 5 daily prayer times. In some mosques women are not allowed to attend the 5 daily prayers, so they have to do their prayers at home. Although women are allowed to go to the mosque to pray, it is better for them to pray at home because there is more blessings for them.

Amazing Adhan!

A Muslim worshipping Allah in prayer by bowing, ONLY Allah has the authority to be bowed
A Muslim worshipping Allah in prayer by bowing, ONLY Allah has the authority to be bowed

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