The Importance and Significance of Adhan in Islam

Salah (Nimaz) is an important part of religion Islam. Salah is obligatory on every Muslim commanded by Allah Almighty and Muslim must offer it five times a day. Through Nimaz we can communicate with Allah (SWT) also it is the highest form of earning the closeness of our Creator the Allah Almighty. Adhan is an announcement of prayer which is called by Muezzin from the Mosque five times a day calling Muslims for mandatory (Fard) worship that is Salah. We can say that Adhan is an appeal to all Muslims about the time of five daily prayers and also for congregation prayer. The call is given out from a minaret as loud as possible so that it may reach the ears of the greatest possible number of people.

The origin of Adhan is explained in hadith: “When the Muslims came to Medina, they, at first, used to have a time appointed for salah at which they all gathered together, but as this arrangement was unsatisfactory a consultation was held at which suggestions for ringing a bell or blowing a horn having been rejected, Umar (RA) proposed that a man should be appointed who should call out for prayer at which the Holy Prophet (SAW) ordered Hazrat Bilal (RA) to call out for prayers in the words of adhan as we now have it.” (Bukhari)

The Adhan is not only an announcement for salah but is, in fact, an open invitation to Islam five times daily throughout the world. Adhan is the first thing recited in the ears of a newborn baby and also it’s often the first thing recited in a new home. The Adhan which is also called an Islamic call to prayer is an integral part of the Muslim faith. Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said about the importance and answering the Adhan in these words: “When you hear the Adhan, repeat what the Mu’adhdhin says. Then ask Allah to exalt my mention because everyone who does so will receive in return ten rewards from Allah. Then beseech Allah to grant me Al-Wasilah, which is a high rank in Jannah, fitting for only one of Allah’s slaves; and I hope that I will be that man. If anyone asks Al-Wasilah for me, it becomes incumbent upon me to intercede for him.” (Muslim)

The fascinating message of the Adhan is intensified by the skill of the person who recites it, the more melodious and clear the voice, the more powerful will be the Adhan. The call to prayer Adhan testifies the oneness of Almighty Allah affirms the Prophet Hood of Muhammad (SAW) and also highlights the importance of five daily prayers. Adhan is the reminder of what is important in life and for Muslims, Allah is the most important and greatest of all. On hearing, Adhan Muslims must put aside what occupies them at the moment and respond to Allah’s call for the sake of Allah Almighty. Gathering on the call of Adhan is similar to the Day of Judgment when Allah Almighty will call people to be resurrected and they will all answer and come out of their graves. Similarly, when Muslims gather in large groups for the prayer, they are to remember the gathering of the Day of Judgment. The Day of Judgment is a day when no one can speak except by Allah’s permission and will pray and beg in front of Him to be saved.

May Almighty Allah make us from those who quickly respond t Allah’s call and give us the strength to follow the straight path! Ameen

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