Call To Prayer


To assemble the Muslims for congregational prayer, "Adhan" , or the call to prayer is given. The caller (Muadh-dhin) stands facing Kabah (Qiblah), and raising his hands to his ears calls in a loud voice:



ALLAHU AKBAR
ALLAHU AKBAR

ALLAHU AKBAR
ALLAHU AKBAR

ASH-HADU AL-LA ILAHA ILLALLAH
ASH-HADU AL-LA ILAHA ILLALLAH

ASH-HADU AN-NA MUHAMMADAR RASULULAH
ASH-HADU AN-NA MUHAMMADAR RASULULAH

HAYYA ALAS SALAH
HAYYA ALAS SALAH

HAYYA ALAL FALAH
HAYYA ALAL FALAH

ALLAHU AKBAR
ALLAHU AKBAR

LA ILAHA ILLALLAH

(Allah is the greatest)
(Allah is the greatest)

(Allah is the greatest)
(Allah is the greatest)

(I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah)

(I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah)


(I bear witness that muhammad (S.A.W.) is the Messenger of Allah)
(I bear witness that muhammad (S.A.W.) is the Messenger of Allah)

(Come to prayer)
(Come to prayer)

(Come to your Good)
(Come to your Good)

(Allah is the greatest)
(Allah is the greatest)

(There is no deity but Allah)


In Adhan for Fajr Salah, the following sentence is added after: HAYYA ALAL FALAH

ASSALATU KHAYRUM MINAN NAUM
ASSALATU KHAYRUM MINAN NAUM

(Salah is better than sleep)

(Salah is better than sleep)



Dua After Adhan


On completion of the Adhan, muslims are recommended to recite:

ALLAHUMMA RABBA HADHI-HID DAWA-TIT-TAM MATI-WA-SALATIL QAE-MATI

ATI MUHAMMADANIL WASILATA WAL FADI LATA

WAD-DARAJATAR-RAFI ATA

WAB ATH-HU MAQAMAM-MAHMUDA-NIL LADHI WA AT-TAHU

IN-NAKA LA-TUKH LIFUL MIAD

(O Allah! Lord of this complete call and prayers of ours, by the blessing of it.)


(give to Muhammad his eternal rights of intercession,)

(distinction and highest class [in paradise].)

(And raise him to the promised rank you have promised him.)


(Surely you never go back on your word)


IQAMAH


After Adhan when the muslims are assembled at the place of worship, a second call (Iqamah) is recited by one of the group. This signals the start of the congregational salah. It is similar to adhan except that it is recited faster but in a lower tone and these sentences are recited after HAYYA ALAL FALAH:

QAD QAMATIS SALAH
QAD QAMATIS SALAH

(The prayer has begun.)
(The prayer has begun.)