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Sunnats and Aadaab of Azaan and Iqaamah – Part 4

1. Insert the index fingers into the ears or cover both ears entirely with all the fingers.

عن عبد الرحمن بن سعد بن عمار بن سعد مؤذن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال حدثني أبي عن أبيه عن جده أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أمر بلالا أن يجعل أصبعيه في أذنيه وقال إنه أرفع لصوتك (سنن ابن ماجه، الرقم: 710)

Hazrat Sa’d Al-Quraz (radhiyallahu anhu) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) commanded Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu anhu) to place his fingers in his ears (at the time of calling out the azaan) and said, “This will enable you to call out the azaan in a louder tone.”

2. Turn the face to the right when saying حَيَّ عَلٰى الصَّلَاةْ (hayya alas salaah) and to the left when saying حَيَّ عَلٰى الْفَلَاحْ (hayya alal falaah). Do not turn your chest when saying حَيَّ عَلٰى الصَّلَاةْ (hayya alas salaah) and حَيَّ عَلٰى الْفَلَاحْ (hayya alal falaah).

عن عون بن أبي جحيفة عن أبيه قال أتيت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم بمكة وهو فى قبة حمراء من أدم فخرج بلال فأذن…  فلما بلغ حي على الصلاة حي على الفلاح لوى عنقه يمينا وشمالا ولم يستدر (سنن أبي داود، الرقم: 520)

Hazrat Abu Juhaifah (radhiyallahu anhu) reports, “On one occasion, I came to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in Makkah Mukarramah. At that time, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was in a red coloured tent made of leather. Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu anhu) came out to call the azaan … When he reached ‘hayya alas salaah’ and ‘hayya alal falaah’, he turned his face towards the right and left, and he did not turn his chest.”

 عن أبي جحيفة رضي الله عنه قال رأيت بلالا يؤذن ويدور ويتبع فاه هاهنا وهاهنا وإصبعاه في أذنيه (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 197)

Hazrat Abu Juhaifah (radhiyallahu anhu) reports, “I had seen Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu anhu) calling out the azaan and turning his face towards the right and left (when saying ‘hayya alas salaah’ and ‘hayya alal falaah’), and his two fingers were inserted into his ears (while he was calling out the azaan).”

3. Do not speak while calling out the azaan.
4. Do not distort the words of the azaan, nor call out the azaan with such a tune that the words of the azaan become distorted.

عن يحيى البكاء قال قال رجل لابن عمر رضي الله عنهما إني لأحبك في الله فقال ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما لكني أبغضك في الله قال ولم قال إنك تتغنى في أذانك وتأخذ عليه أجرا (مجمع الزوائد، الرقم: 1909)

Yahya Al-Bakkaa (rahimahullah) reports that on one occasion, a man came to Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (radhiyallahu anhuma) and said, “I most definitely love you for the sake of Allah Ta’ala.” Hearing this, Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (radhiyallahu anhuma) replied, “However, I dislike you for the sake of Allah Ta’ala.” When the man enquired as to why Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (radhiyallahu anhuma) disliked him, he answered, “(The reason is that) you give the azaan in a singing tone (changing and distorting the words of the azaan) and you accept a fee for calling out the azaan.”

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