The teachings and practices of Athan-Call for Prayer

There are five Prophetic actions recommended by the Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him, Upon hearing the call for the prayer, as mentioned in Zad Al Ma’ad Book, by Ibn Al Qayyem:1.The hearer should repeat after the one who calls for prayer all words except when the Mo’athen says: (Hayyah Ala As-Sala i.e. hasten to the prayer) and (Hayyah Ala Al-Falah i.e. hasten to the salvation), the hearer should say (La Hawla Wala Quwata Ella Bellah i.e. there is no might and no power except by Allah). Narrated by Al-Bukhari & Muslim.The benefit of this practices: You will be rewarded with Paradise as stated in Sahih Muslim.2.The hearer should say: Ashhadu An La Ilaha Ella Allah Wa Anna Muhammadan Rasoulo Allah, Radito Bellahi Raban, wa Bel Islami Denan, wa be- Muhammaden Rasolua i.e. I also bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and that Muhammad is His Prophet, I am pleased with Allah as my Lord , with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad as my Prophet. Narrated by Muslim.The benefit of this practices: Allah will forgive your sins, as stipulated in the same prophetic tradition.3.After the one who calls for the prayers finishes, you should ask Allah’s blessings upon the Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him, and the best supplication which can be said in this regard is the “As-Salawat Al Ibrahimiah” as mentioned below. The Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him said:When you hear the Mo’athen calling for the prayer, repeat his words then ask Allah’s blessings upon me, because who ever ask Allah’s blessings upon me once will be rewarded ten blessings by Allah narrated by Muslim.The advantages of this practices: Allah will send ten blessings to the believer i.e. Allah will praise such person at heaven.The saying of As-Salawat Al-Ibrahimiah is: “Allaahumma salli alaa Muhammadin wa alaa aali Muhammadin, kamaa sallayta alaa Ibraaheema wa alaa aali Ibraaheema innaka Hameedun Majeed. Allahumma Baarik alaa Muhammadin wa alaa aali Mohammadin kamaa baarakta alaa Ibraaheema wa alaa aali Ibraaheema innaka Hameedun Majeed” i.e. O Allah, bestow your favor on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad as You have bestowed Your favor on Ibrahim and on the family of Ibrahim, You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Mohammad as You have blessed Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim, You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious narrated by Al Bukhari.4 After asking Allah’s blessings upon the Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him you should say: “Allahumma Rabba haathihid-dawatit-tammati wassalatil-qaaimati, aati Muhammadanil waseelata walfadhee￾lata, wab’ath-hu maqaaman-mahmoodanil-lathee wa’adtahu that is. O Allah, Lord of this perfect call and established prayer, grant Muhammad the intercession and favor, and raise him to the hon￾ored station You have promised him narrated by Al Bukhari.The advantages of saying this supplication: The one who says this supplication will deserve the intercession of the Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him.5.The last but not the list , you can ask Allah The Almighty anything for yourself and ask the grace of Allah because all supplications are answered at that time ; the Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him said: Repeat the words of the one calling the athan and when you finish, ask Allah what you want and you will get it) narrated by Abu Dawood, advocated by Al-Hafeth Ibn Hijr, and authenticated by Ibn Hibban.

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