Manners on Listening to the Adhan

WHAT WE SHOULD SAY/DO WHEN WE HEAR THE ADHAN

1. Repeat what the mu’adhin says


Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 11 :: Hadith 585

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

Allah’s Apostle (s.a.w.) said, “Whenever you hear the Adhan, say what the Mu’adhdhin is saying.

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 11 :: Hadith 587

Narrated Mu’awiya r.a. as above (586) and added:

“When the Mu’adhdhin said, “Haiya alas-sala(t) (come for the prayer).” Muawiya said, “La hawla wala quwata illa billah (There is neither might nor any power except with Allah)” and added, “We heard your Prophet (s.a.w.) saying the same.”

Thus when we hear the adhan we must repeat back what the muadhin say except when he say

Hayya Alas-Solaah and

Hayya Alal- Falah

Then we answer

لا حولا ولا قوّة إلّا باللّه

Laa haw laa Qowwata Illa Billah

There is no power or might save with (except) Allah.

2. Invoke blessings to the prophets

Book of Prayer
Muslim :: Book 4 : Hadith 747

‘Abdullah b. Amr b. al-As reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When you hear the Mu’adhdhin, repeat what he says, then invoke a blessing on me, for everyone who invokes a blessing on me will receive ten blessings from Allah; then beg from Allah al-Wasila for me, which is a rank in Paradise fitting for only one of Allah’s servants, and I hope that I may be that one. If anyone who asks that I be given the Wasila, he will be assured of my intercession.

To invoke blessings upon the Prophet (PBUH) means to recite “Allahumma salli `ala Muhammadin, wa `ala ali Muhammadin, kama sallaita `ala Ibrahima wa `ala ali Ibrahima, innaka Hamidun Majid.” Wasilah literally means that mode or method by which one attains his goal, but here it stands for that high rank in Jannah which will be awarded to the Prophet (PBUH).

3. Make the doa wasilah

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 11 :: Hadith 588

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:

Allah’s Apostle (s.a.w.) said, “Whoever after listening to the Adhan says, ‘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 (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”).

And then after the adzan is finished recite this dua

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 (s.a.w.) on the Day of Resurrection

The word Shafa`ah means to beg someone to pardon somebody’s faults and shortcomings or to request someone for doing a virtuous deed. In the context of this Hadith, it refers to the privilege of intercession of the Prophet (PBUH) due to which he will request for the forgiveness of such people for whom he will be given permission by Allah.

Why do we make this dua?

Book of Prayer

Muslim :: Book 4 : Hadith 747

‘Abdullah b. Amr b. al-As reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When you hear the Mu’adhdhin, repeat what he says, then invoke a blessing on me, for everyone who invokes a blessing on me will receive ten blessings from Allah; then beg from Allah al-Wasila for me, which is a rank in Paradise fitting for only one of Allah’s servants, and I hope that I may be that one. If anyone who asks that I be given the Wasila, he will be assured of my intercession.

We make this dua because we are praying that Prophet Muhammad s.a.w will be given the right of intercession (shafaah) by Allah and we pray that we too will be rewarded by this. This is certainly what we need on judgment day. Judgment day would be very difficult for all of us, and Insya Allah with the will of Allah, intercession will be given to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), and the difficulties on that trying day would be alleviated. Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., with the will of Allah, will be given the syafaah to ask Allah to hasten the judgment process.

Read about intercession HERE. Then tell the children the story of syafaah in general.

4. Make dua to Allah in between the adhan and iqamaah

It is also preferred for us to invoke Allah between Azan and iqamaah, for invocation at this time is answered

Kitab As salat

Dawud :: Book 2 : Hadith 521

Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

The supplication made between the adhan and the iqamah is not rejected.

SUMMARY OF WHAT WE SHOULD DO UPON HEARING THE ADHAN

1. Respect the adhan by stopping conversation. Even reading the quran.

2. Stay focus on the adhan.

Repeating what the muadhin say except for the hayya alas-solah and hayya-ala-falah. Instead say la hawla walakuata illa bila

3. After adzan sends salaah to prophet (s.a.w)

4. Then read the dua’ wasilah

5. Make dua between azan and iqamah.

EXERCISE

I cut out out the words of adhan and jumble them up together with the response words. H is to arrange the adhan words while S is to label the correct response to them.

I also pasted the sallah to the prophets that we should read after hearing the adhan. We then took turns to read it and get familiar with them.

We also pasted the doa wasilah. We will stick it on one of the walls, Insya Allah, so that we can refer to it quickly as soon as we hear the adhan. Living in a Muslim country, the adhan can be heard loud and clear from the many mosques around us, Subhanallah.

For now I don’t expect S to be able to memorise all of the quickly. However if we strive to practise this sunnah, Insya Allah the memorising part will be made easy. may Allah makes difficult things easy for all of us.

OTHER MANNERS ON HEARING THE ADHAN

Book of Prayer

Muslim :: Book 4 : Hadith 1822

Narrated Abdullah bin Mughaffal Al Muzani r.a., “There is a salat between the two adhan (Adhan and iqama), there is a salat between the two adhan. And then while saying it the third time he added, “For the one who wants to (pray).”

If one hears the adhan when he is in the mosque, one should not leave the mosque.

The Book of Prayers

Muslim :: Book 4 : Hadith 1377

Abu Sha’tha’ reported: While we were sitting with Abu Huraira in a mosque a man went out of the mosque after the call to prayer had been announced. (A man stood up in the mosque and set off.) Abu Huraira’s eyes followed him till he went out of the mosque. Upon this Abu Huraira said: This man has disobeyed Abu’l- Qasim (Muhammad) (may peace be upon him).

Listen to the adzan for practice.

24 Comments

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24 responses to “Manners on Listening to the Adhan

  1. MAsha Allah thx 4 sharing keep going

    MAy Allah bless You All

  2. lolliesplace

    La hawla wallah quwata ila billah. May Allah guide us with knowledge that will always benefit us.

  3. qasim

    ASA… ive noticed some excellent, superb websites mashallah… but i noticed in the hadith i was looking through in bukhari,not ONE time did it say (PBUH) or (SAW) after the prophets (SAW) name, there are hadith related to the subject of sending blessings upon hearing the prophets (SAW) name and what is considered of one who does not… a find and replace should work – find – ‘the prophet’ and ‘apostle’ and allahs messenger and replace with prophet (SAW) or apostle (SAW) this should fix the problem, it has an option to replace all to which you can say yes and it can make 10,000 replacements in a few seconds…

    • lolliesplace

      Jazakallahu Khairan Kathiran for the reminder of the error above. I definitely need these reminders like these. May Allah reward you for the concern of our manners in mentioning our beloved Prophet s.a.w.. I will be more careful in the future, Insya Allah.

  4. qasim

    Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

    Allah’s Apostle said, “Whenever you hear the Adhan, say what the Mu’adhdhin is saying.

    i just saw the first hadith (above) mashallah the rest of it has the (SAW) or (PBUH’s) in place….

  5. Mashalah a step by step guide! with hadeeth and all

    May ALlah reward u for yout hard work ISA!

  6. As salaamu alaykum,

    Very nice, masha Allah. We just “studied” this (not formally, just went over an article related to the adhaan and the supplications).

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  8. Saeed Mirza

    What is the punishment for the one who doesn’t reply to Azan ?
    SOmeone told me that he will die without saying the Kalima Shahadat !
    is there someone provide me a reference to a Book of Hadith for this particular Hadith ?
    Jazak Allho Khera

  9. Saeed Mirza

    what is the punishment for who don’t reply to Azan ?
    someone told me that he will die without saying Kalema Shahadat ?????
    is this hadith exist ? if yes! please send me reference or source of the book.
    Jazakallaho Khera

  10. monar

    mashaALLAH! thanks for posting like that brother.. may ALLAH reward you for doin such thing.. Jazakallahu khayran..

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  12. Anwar Khan

    Assalam o Aleikum,

    Mash ALLAH! Your above explanation is awesome, but I wonder you and all other sites that I have visited (several) nothing has been mentioned, about the Fajr Azan, where the mu’adhin says: “As Salah Tu Khair Ul Minun Noom”

    I have been advised to say: “Sadaqat Wa Burrut.” Can you kindly look into my this humble request and update + add this vital piece of information to your above stated post as well.

    May ALLAH (S.W.T) bless you all & greatly reward you on your “Mission of Dawah”-Ameen!!

    Jazak ALLAH..!!!

    • lolliesplace

      Waalaikumussalam,

      As far as I know, we reply La hawla wala quwata illa bilah. Just like the previous reply.

      wallahu a’lam

  13. Anwar Khan

    Assalam o Aleikum,

    Reply to my query of Sept 04, 2011 anxiously awaited.

    Jazak ALLAH…!!!!

  14. she phui

    jazakallah al khair

  15. umar

    I have a question. All this refers to those days when adhans were recited in very few places. But today, mashaAllah we can hear atleast 4-5 adhans from various mosques at a time. Should we recite along with all of these or just the closest one to you?

  16. askiyul

    assalamu alaikum , well in my country inside the house we do not hijab ourselves, (when men are out). But as as we hear the adhan we have the practice of hijabing and following the above mentioned manners too. But my husband from Kuwait says this is not in islam , (hijabing for adhan) could you kindly help me to clear the mentioned confusion.

    • lolliesplace

      Assalamualaikum,

      I am not a scholar first of all, so i am not giving out fatwa. However i want you to reflect the reason why we woman need to wear hijab. We wear hijab when there is men who are not mahram around us. Thus if the adzan is ringing, and there is no men, there is noreason to put on the hijab insya Alah. In fact the manners of hearing the adzan is to respond to the muadzin and to make du’a after that. Hope this help.

    • lolliesplace

      Stay on the sunnah as much as we can. Learn the true manners. Anything extra that was not from the teaching of the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam is merely our made up ibadah. Find the basis of the teaching in the quran and sunnah. If it doesnt exist, then stay away from it insya Allah. Allah mustaan.

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