16 Sep 2012
“عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ (صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ) قَالَ “إِذَا سَمِعْتُمُ النِّدَاءَ فَقُولُوا مِثْلَ مَا يَقُولُ الْمُؤَذِّنُ
“When you hear the Adhaan, repeat what the caller says.”
A general explanation
The adhaan is from the sign posts of Islam, and one of the different remembrances of the greatness of Allah. It is a sign of the lofty position and virtues of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم). It is also a reminder of the times of the five daily prayers that Allah has made obligatory on every Muslim. Therefore it is upon every Muslim to rush to the call when it is made, so that Allah’s command will be established.
From signs of the call being answered is that, when the call from the Mu’adhin is heard, that you repeat after him. You do this for the whole of the call except when he says, “Come to the prayer” and “Come to the success”. When he says this, you should say, “There is no might or power except by the will of Allah”. We do this because of the statement of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), “Who ever repeats after the Mu’adhin except in the two places when he says come to success and prayer he says, ‘ there is no might nor power except by Allah’ from his heart, enters the paradise”.
Just the way that the adhaan was legistated to let people know when the time for the prayer has come, the iqaamah was legislated to let the people know about the establishment of the prayer. As it is recommended to repeat after the Mu’adhan for the adhaan, it is also recommended to repeat after the Mu’adhan for the iqaamah.
That which is extracted from the hadeeth;
- The recommendation to listen to the Mu’adhan and answering his call
- Directing the Muslims to listen to the call and ponder over it’s meanings
- The importance of the five daily prayers and a push to performing them in their specified times