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{{About|the Islamic call to prayer|the settlement in Ras al-Khaimah|Adhan, Ras al-Khaimah}}{{short description|main call to salah in Islam}}{{Islam}}The adhan, athan, or azaan ( {{IPA-ar|ʔaˈðaːn|}}) (also called in Turkish: Ezan)Nathal M. Dessing Rituals of Birth, Circumcision, Marriage, and Death Among Muslims in the Netherlands Peeters Publishers 2001 {{ISBN|978-9-042-91059-1}} page 25 is the Islamic call to worship, recited by the muezzin at prescribed times of the day. The root of the word is ʾadhina meaning "to listen, to hear, be informed about". Another derivative of this word is ʾudhun (), meaning "ear".Adhan is called out by a muezzin from the mosque five times a day, traditionally from the minaret, summoning Muslims for mandatory (fard) worship (salat). A second call, known as iqama, (set up) then summons Muslims to line up for the beginning of the prayers. The main purpose behind the multiple loud pronouncements of adhan in every mosque is to make available to everyone an easily intelligible summary of Islamic belief.{{citation needed|date=November 2015}} In modern times, loudspeakers have been installed on minarets for this purpose.{{citation needed|date=November 2015}}The adhan recites the Takbir (God is great)H Azodanloo (1992), Formalization of Friday sermons and consolidation of the Islamic republic of Iran, Journal of Critical Studies of Iran & the Middle East, 1(1), 12-24 followed by the Shahada (There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of God).N Mohammad (1985), The doctrine of jihad: An introduction, Journal of Law and Religion, 3(2): 381-397 This statement of faith, called the Kalimah, is the first of the Five Pillars of Islam.{{Arabicterm|arabic = أَذَان|arabic_rom = aḏān, azaan, adhaan|literal meaning = call to prayer}}


File:Adhan in Shalqar mosque.webm|thumb|265px|Adhan in (:ru:Мечеть имени Матея Коканулы|Matey Qoqanuly mosque) (Shalkar, KazakhstanKazakhstanThe muezzin (mu'aḏḏin)–is the person who recites the adhanBOOK, Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi, Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi, The Laws of Islam, 26 March 2016, Enlight Press, 978-0994240989,weblink 22 December 2017, Modarresi, English, {{rp|470}} from the mosque. Typically in modern times, this is done using a microphone: a recitation that is consequently broadcast to the speakers usually mounted on the higher part of the mosque's minarets, thus calling those nearby to prayer. The message can also be recorded, as is the case for London Central Mosque.{{Citation needed|date=March 2018}}The muezzin is chosen for his talent and ability in reciting the adhan beautifully, melodiously and loudly for all Muslims to hear. This is one of the important duties in the mosque, as his companions and community rely on him in his call for Muslims to come to pray in congregation.{{weasel inline|date=March 2018}} The Imam leads the prayer five times a day. The first muezzin in Islam was Bilal ibn Rabah, a freed slave of Abyssinian heritage.William Muir, The Life of Mohammad from Original Sources, reprinted by Adamant Media {{ISBN|1-4021-8272-4}}{{page needed|date=January 2016}}">

Text {|class"wikitable"|+ Details of what is recited and how many times

! colspan="4" | Recital! rowspan="2" | Arabic! rowspan="2" | Transliteration! rowspan="2" | Translation
!BySunniSahih Bukhari89.329 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2008-12-04 }}Sahih Muslim: Book 020: Number 4477, 4478, 4480, 4481, 4482, 4483 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2011-08-20 }}Sunan Abu Dawood: Book 36: Number 4266 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2011-08-06 }}Sunan al-Tirmidhi (Arabic) Chapter of Fitan, 2:45 (India) and 4:501 Tradition # 2225 (Egypt); Hadith #2149 (numbering of al-'Alamiyyah)!ByShi'aQuran: Surah Sajda: Ayah 24-25!ByAhmadiyya!ByZaidiyyah
| 4x| 4x|4x
Traditionally 4x.Kitab rab as-sad by Sana'ani Followers of the Maliki madh'hab also repeat this line four times.}} ٱللهُ أَكْبَرTakbir>Allāhu ʾakbarAllah>God is the greatest.
| 2x| 2x|2x| 2x
أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللهShahada>ʾašhadu ʾan lā ʾilāha ʾillā Llāh| I acknowledge that there is no deity but God.
| 2x| 2x|2x| 2x
أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ ٱلله| ʾašhadu ʾanna Muḥammadan rasūlu LlāhMuhammad is rasul>the Messenger of God.
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name=MentionOfAli}}|None| None أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ عَلِيًّا وَلِي ٱلله|ʾašhadu ʾanna ʿaliyyan walī Llāh| I testify that Ali is the viceregent (wali) of God.
| 2x| 2x|2x| 2x
حَيَّ عَلَى ٱلصَّلَاة| Ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalāh| Hasten to the prayer (Salah).
| 2x| 2x|2x| 2x
حَيَّ عَلَى ٱلْفَلَاحfalah>falāḥ| Hasten to the salvation.
Fajr prayeronly{{efn>Followers of the Maliki madh'hab say this line twice and repeat the following two lines before line four, as noted in Sahih Muslim, Book 4, Ch. 2, No. 0740.}}| None|2x forFajr prayeronly| None الصلاة خير من النوم| aṣ-Ṣalātu kḫayrun mina n-naum| Prayer is better than sleep.
| 2x| 2x|2x| 2x
ٱللهُ أَكْبَر| Allāhu ʾakbar| God is greatest.
| 1x| 2x|1x| 1x
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله| Lā ʾilāha ʾillā Llāh| There is no deity but God.
{{Notelist|notes={{efn|name=MentionOfAli|According to Usuli Twelver Shi'a scholars, this phrase is not a part of adhan and iqamah, but is recommended (Mustahabb). Akhbari Shia Twelver, however, consider as an integral part of adhan and iqamah.WEB,weblink Akhbari, Akhbari, 2013-12-31, Fatimid, Ismaili, Alavi Bohras and Dawoodi Bohra believe and include and recite this at same place, twice in main adhan, but not in Iqama. They also recite mohammadun -va- ali-un khayr-ul- basar va itarat-o- homa khayr-ul-itar (Muhammad and Ali are the best gentleman and their progeny is the best of progeny) twice after the 6th part (Ḥayya ʿala-khayr il-ʿamal). This tradition is continued from their first Da'i al-Mutlaq, Zoeb bin Moosa (1132 CE), after their 21st Imam, At-Tayyib Abi l-Qasim, and claim this is true Fatimid tradition.Islamic Laws : Rules of Namaz » Adhan and Iqamah {{webarchive |url= |date=September 14, 2008 }}Importance and Conditions of Prayers - Question #466 {{webarchive |url= |date=July 8, 2009 }}"Adhan Call to Prayer". Retrieved on 25 August 2016.}}}}


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Sunni view

Sunnis state that the adhan was not written or said by the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, but by one of his Sahabah (his companions). Umar, a prominent sahabi of Muhammad, had a vision in his dream, in which the call for prayers was revealed to him by God. He later related this to his companions. Meanwhile, this news reached Muhammad, and he liked it and confirmed it. Because of his stunning voice Muhammad chose a freed Habeshan slave by the name of Bilal ibn Rabah al-Habashi to make the call for prayers. Muhammad preferred the call better than the use of bells (as used by the Christians) and horns (as by the Jews).BOOK, Haykal, Muhammad Husayn, Muhammad Husayn Haykal, The Life of Muhammad,weblink 9789839154177, 200, May 1994, During the Friday prayer (Salat Al Jumu'ah), there is one adhan but some Sunni Muslims increase it to two adhans; the first is to call the people to the mosque, the second is said before the Imam begins the khutbah (sermon). Just before the prayers start, someone amongst the praying people recites the iqama as in all prayers. The basis for this is that at the time of the Caliph Uthman he ordered two adhans to be made, the first of which was to be made in the marketplace to inform the people that the Friday prayer was soon to begin, and the second adhan would be the regular one held in the mosque. Not all Sunnis prefer two adhans as the need for warning the people of the impending time for prayer is no longer essential now that the times for prayers are well known.

Shi'a view

Shi'a sources state Muhammad, according to God's command, ordered the adhan as a means of calling Muslims to prayer. Shi'a Islam teaches that no one else contributed, or had any authority to contribute, towards the composition of the adhan.Other Shi'a sources state that Bilal ibn Rabah al-Habashi was, in fact, the first person to recite the adhan publicly out loud in front of the Muslim congregation.The fundamental phrase lā ʾilāha ʾillā llāh is the foundation stone of Islam along with the belief in it. It declares that "there is no god but the God". This is the confession of Tawhid or the "doctrine of Oneness [of God]".The phrase Muḥammadun rasūlu llāh fulfills the requirement that there should be someone to guide in the name of God, which states Muhammad is God's Messenger,rasūl, nabi (prophet). This is the acceptance of prophethood or Nabuwat of Muhammad.File:Kalema at Bab al Nasr, Fatimid Cairo.jpg|thumb|right|photo of kalima at Bab al-Nasr of Shia FatimidFatimidFile:Kalema-tut-shahadat.jpg|thumb|The qiblah of Mustansir of Shia Fatimid dynasty of, in Mosque of Ibn Tulun of Cairo showing Kalimat ash-shahādah with the phrase ʿalīyun walī llāh ]]Muhammad declared Ali (Ali bin Abu Talib) as his successor, at Ghadir Khumm, which was required for the continuation of his guidance. According to the hadith of the pond of Khumm, Muhammad stated that "Of whomsoever I am the mawla, Ali is his mawla". Hence, it is recommended to recite the phrase ʿalīyun walī llāh means "Ali is His (God's) Wali "the headman."In one of the Qiblah of Ma'ad al-Mustansir Billah (1035–1094) of Fatemi era masjid of Qahira (Mosque of Ibn Tulun) engraved his name and kalimat ash-shahādah as lā ʾilāha ʾillā llāh, muḥammadun rasūlu llāh, ʿalīyun walī llāh.Adhan reminds Muslims of these three Islamic teaching Tawhid, Nabuwat and Imamate before each prayer. These three emphasise devotion to God, Muhammad and Imam, which are considered to be so linked together that they can not be viewed separately; one leads to other and finally to God.The phrase is optional to some Shia as justified above. They feel that Ali's Valayat is self-evident, a testification and need not be declared. However, the greatness of God is also taken to be self-evident, but Muslims still declare Allāhu ʾakbar to publicize their faith. This is the reason that the most Shia give for the recitation of the phrase regarding Ali.

Dua (invocation)

What to recite during Adhan (call to prayer)

While listening to the adhan, Muslims repeat the same words silently, except when the muezzin says:" حي على الصلاة or حي على الفلاح " (ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalāh or ḥayya ʿala l-falāḥ)Muwatta they silently say:" لا حَولَ و لا قُوَّةَ إلا بالله " (lā ḥawla wa lā quwata ʾillā bi-llāh) (there is no strength or power except from God).Sahîh Al-Bukhari #548

What to recite after Adhan

Immediately following the Adhan, Muslims recite the following dua (supplications):1. {{script/Arabic|ﻭَﺃَﻧَﺎ ﺃَﺷْﻬَﺪُ ﺃَﻥْ ﻟَﺎ ﺇِﻟَﻪَ ﺇِﻟَّﺎ ﺍﻟﻠﻪُ ﻭَﺣْﺪَﻩُ ﻟَﺎ ﺷَﺮِﻳﻚَ ﻟَﻪُ ﻭَﺃَﻥَّ ﻣُﺤَﻤَّﺪﺍً ﻋَﺒْﺪُﻩُ ﻭَﺭَﺳُﻮﻟُﻪُ، ﺭَﺿِﻴﺖُ ﺑِﺎﻟﻠﻪِ ﺭَﺑَّﺎً ﻭَﺑِﻤُﺤَﻤَّﺪٍ رَﺳُﻮﻻً ﻭَﺑِﺎﻹِْﺳﻼَﻡِ ﺩِﻳﻨﺎً}} ".Wa ʾanaa ʾašhadu ʾan lā ʾilāha ʾillā llāhu waḥdahu lā šarīka lahu wa-ʾanna muḥammadan ʿabduhu wa-rasūluhu, raḍītu bi-llāhi rabban wa-bi-muḥammadin rasūlan wa-bi-lʾislāmi dīnan.Sahîh Muslim 386English: I bear witness that there is no god but God alone with no partner and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, and the Lord God's chosen messenger is Muhammad and Islam is his religion.2. An invocation of blessings on Muhammad:ﺍﻟﻠﻬﻢ ﺻــﻞ ﻋﻠٰﯽ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﻭ ﻋﻠٰﯽ ﺁﻝ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ، ﻛﻤﺎ ﺻﻠﻴﺖ ﻋﻠٰﯽ ﺇﺑﺮﺍﻫﻴﻢ ﻭ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺁﻝ ﺇﺑﺮﺍﻫﻴﻢ ﺍﻧﻚ ﺣَﻤِﻴﺪٌ ﻣَجيد. ﺍﻟﻠﻬﻢ ﺑﺎﺭﻙ ﻋﻠٰﯽ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﻭ ﻋﻠٰﯽ ﺁﻝ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﻛﻤﺎ ﺑﺎﺭﻛﺖ ﻋﻠٰﯽ ﺇﺑﺮﺍﻫﻴﻢ ﻭ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺁﻝ ﺇﺑﺮﺍﻫﻴﻢ ﺍﻧﻚ ﺣﻤﻴﺪ ﻣﺠﻴﺪAllāhumma ṣalli ʿalā muḥammadin wa ʿalā ʾaali muḥammadin, kamā ṣallayta ʿalā ʾibrāhīma wa ʿalā ʾaali ʾibrāhīma innaka ḥamīdun maǧīd. Allāhumma bārik ʿalā muḥammadin wa ʿalā ʾaali muḥammadin kamā bārakta ʿalā ʾibrāhīma wa ʿalā ʾaali ʾibrāhīma innaka ḥamīdun maǧīd.Sahîh Al-Bukhari 33703. Muhammad's name is invoked requested:،ﺍﻟﻠﻬﻢ ﺭﺏ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﺪﻋﻮﺓ ﺍﻟﺘﺎﻣﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺼﻼﺓ ﺍﻟﻘﺎﺋﻤﺔﺁﺕ ﻣﺤﻤﺪﺍ ﺍﻟﻮﺳﻴﻠﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻔﻀﻴﻠﺔ ﻭﺍﺑﻌﺜﻪ ﺍﻟﻤﻘﺎﻡ ﺍﻟﻤﺤﻤﻮﺩ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻭﻋﺪﺗﻪAllāhumma rabba haḍihi d-daʿawati t-tammah wa-ṣ-ṣalāti l-qaʾimah, ʾāti muḥammadan al-wasīlata wa-l-faḍīlah wa-bʿaṯhu l-maqalam al-maḥmūdan illaḍī waʿadtahSahih Al-Bukhari 5884. Dua are then made directly to God, between the adhan and the iqamaah.According to Abu Dawud, Muhammad said: "Repeat the words of the muezzin and when you finish, ask God what you want and you will get it".Abu Dawud 524


Each phrase is followed by a longer pause and is repeated one or more times according to fixed rules. During the first statement each phrase is limited in tonal range, less melismatic, and shorter. Upon repetition the phrase is longer, ornamented with melismas, and may possess a tonal range of over an octave. The adhan's form is characterised by contrast and contains twelve melodic passages which move from one to another tonal center of one maqam a fourth or fifth apart. Various geographic regions in the Middle East traditionally perform the Adhan in particular maqamat: Medina, Saudi Arabia uses Maqam Bayati while Mecca uses Maqam Hijaz. The tempo is mostly slow; it may be faster and with fewer melismas for the sunset prayer. During festivals, it may be performed antiphonally as a duet.Touma, Habib Hassan (1996). The Music of the Arabs, p.157-158, trans. Laurie Schwartz. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press. {{ISBN|0-931340-88-8}}.

Modern legal standing


In 2016, opposition leader Khaleda alleged that the government were obstructing the broadcasting of adhans through loudspeakers, citing security concerns for the prime minister Sheikh Hasina".NEWS,weblink Azan not being allowed thru loudhailers for Hasina’s security: Khaleda, 28 June 2016, Prothom Alo, Prothom Alo, 10 January 2017,weblink" title="">weblink 2017-01-10, yes, {{citation needed|date=March 2017}}


In 2016, Israel’s ministerial committee approved a draft bill that limits the volume of the use of public address systems for calls to prayer, particularly, outdoor loudspeakers for adhaan, citing it as a factor of noise pollution.NEWS, Israel to limit volume of prayer call from mosques,weblink NEWS, Israel to ban use of loudspeakers for ‘Azaan’ despite protest,weblink 10 January 2017, The Financial Express (Bangladesh), The Financial Express, Ynet, 14 November 2016, The bill was submitted by Knesset member Motti Yogev of the far right Zionist party Jewish Home and Robert Ilatov of the right wing Yisrael Beiteinu. The ban is meant to affect three mosques in Abu Dis village of East Jerusalem, disbarring them from broadcasting the morning call (fajr) prayers.NEWS, Hawwash, Kamel, Israel’s ban on the Muslim call to prayer in Jerusalem is the tip of the iceberg,weblink 10 January 2017, Middle East Monitor, Middle East Monitor, 7 November 2016, The bill was backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who said: “I cannot count the times — they are simply too numerous — that citizens have turned to me from all parts of Israeli society, from all religions, with complaints about the noise and suffering caused to them by the excessive noise coming to them from the public address systems of houses of prayer.”NEWS, Israeli PM backs bill to limit Azan,weblink 10 January 2017, Agence France-Presse, AFP, Dawn (newspaper), Dawn, 14 November 2016, The Israel Democracy Institute, a non-partisan think tank, expressed concerns that it specifically stifles the rights of Muslims, and restricts their freedom of religion.


As an extension of the reforms brought about by the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, the Turkish government at the time, encouraged by Atatürk, introduced secularism to Turkey. The program involved implementing a Turkish adhan program as part of its goals, as opposed to the conventional Arabic call to prayer.The Adhan in Turkey {{webarchive |url= |date=April 12, 2009 }} Following the conclusion of said debates, on the 1 February 1932, the Adhan was chanted in Turkish and the practice was continued for a period of 18 years. There was some resistance against the Adhan in Turkish language and protests surged. In order to suppress this protests, in 1941, a new law was issued, with which people who chanted the Adhan in Arabic could be imprisoned until for up to 3 months and be fined with up to 300 Turkish Lira. On 17 June 1950, a new government led by Adnan Menderes, restored Arabic as the liturgical language.WEB,weblink The issue of chanting the Adhan in languages other than Arabic and related social reactions against it in Turkey, Aydar, Hidayet, 2006,, 59-62, 2019-01-12,


The Fittja Mosque (in Botkyrka south of Stockholm) was in 2013 the first mosque to be granted permission for a weekly public call to Friday prayer, on condition that the sound volume does not exceed 60 dB.WEB,weblink Ljudkablar dras för första böneutropet, Dagens Nyheter, 24 April 2014, Swedish, Cables laid out for the first call to prayer, In Karlskrona (province of Blekinge, southern Sweden) the Islamic association built a minaret in 2017 and has had weekly prayer calls since then.WEB,weblink Blekinge har fÃ¥tt sin första minaret, Sveriges Television, 13 Oct 2017, 21 March 2018, Swedish, Blekinge has gotten its first minaret, WEB,weblink Swedish town allows calls to prayer from minaret, Anadolu Agency, 17 Nov 2017, 21 March 2018, The temporary mosque in Växjö filed for a similar permission in February 2018,WEB,weblink Moskén i Växjö vill ha böneutrop, Sveriges Television, 12 February 2018, 20 March 2018, Swedish, The mosque in Växjö wants prayer calls, which sparked a nationwide debate about the practice.WEB,weblink Christian Democrat leader opposes Muslim call to prayer in Sweden, Radio Sweden, 15 March 2018, 20 March 2018, WEB,weblink Swedish church supports Muslims Adhan, Lawal Olatunde, Islamic Hotspot, 14 February 2018, 20 March 2018, WEB,weblink This Jewish leader is defending the Muslim call to prayer in Sweden, The New Arab, 19 March 2018, 20 March 2018, A yearlong permission was granted by the Swedish Police Authority in May the same year.WEB,weblink Polisen tillÃ¥ter böneutrop via högtalare, Thorneus, Ebba, May 8, 2018, Aftonbladet, December 27, 2018, Swedish, WEB,weblink Polisen ger klartecken till böneutrop i Växjö, The Police gives clearance for prayer calls in Växjö, Broke, Cecilia, May 8, 2018, SVT, December 27, 2018, Swedish,

In popular culture

Turkish National Anthem

The adhan is mentioned in the eighth verse of İstiklâl Marşı, the Turkish national anthem:

"The Armed Man"

The adhan appears in (The Armed Man|"The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace") composed by Karl Jenkins.

See also

  • Tawhid
  • Barechu - the Jewish equivalent call to prayer
  • {{Section link|Church bell|Call to prayer}}



External links

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