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Virtues of the Muazzin – Part 1

Azaan is among the salient features of the Deen of Islam. Islam has afforded great honour to all those who call out the azaan, inviting people towards salaah. On the Day of Qiyaamah, people will admire those who used to call out the azaan in the world on account of their esteemed position and lofty status in the Hereafter. Numerous Ahaadith highlight the great virtues and immense rewards in store for those who call out the azaan.
1. The muazzin will enjoy an esteemed position on the Day of Qiyaamah.

عن معاوية رضي الله عنه قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول المؤذنون أطول الناس أعناقا يوم القيامة (صحيح مسلم، الرقم: 387)

Hazrat Mu’aawiyah (radhiyallahu anhu) reports, “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) say, ‘Verily the muazzins will have the ‘longest necks’ on the Day of Qiyaamah.’”

In this Hadith, the literal meaning of having the ‘longest necks’ is not intended. Rather, the meaning of having the ‘longest necks’ is that they will occupy distinct positions of honour.
2. The muazzins will be on mountains of musk on the Day of Qiyaamah.

عن عبد الله بن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ثلاثة على كثبان المسك أراه قال يوم القيامة يغبطهم الأولون والآخرون رجل ينادي بالصلوات الخمس في كل يوم وليلة ورجل يؤم قوما وهم به راضون وعبد أدى حق الله وحق مواليه (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 2566)

Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (radhiyallahu anhuma) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Three groups of people will be on mountains of musk (on the Day of Qiyaamah), and the former and latter people will envy their position. The first is the person who used to call out the azaan every day for the five daily salaah. The second is the person who led the people in salaah while they were pleased with him (i.e. he fulfilled the obligation of salaah in its proper manner). The third is the slave who fulfilled the rights of Allah Ta’ala and the rights of his masters.”

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