Al-Ghazali on Supplications for the Call to Prayer

May 10, 2013

Ihya Ulum ud-Deen

By Abu Amina Elias for FaithinAllah.org

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Al-Ghazali records in his book, Ihya Ulum ud-Deen:

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

لَا يَسْمَعُ نِدَاءَ الْمُؤَذِّنِ جِنٌّ وَلَا إِنْسٌ وَلَا شَيْءٌ إِلَّا شَهِدَ لَهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ

Whoever hears the call to prayer, whether human or jinn or any creature, it will be a witness for him on the Day of Resurrection.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 7109, Grade: Sahih

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِذَا سَمِعْتُمُ النِّدَاءَ فَقُولُوا مِثْلَ مَا يَقُولُ الْمُؤَذِّنُ

When you hear the call to prayer, then say something similar to what the caller has said.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 580, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi

To repeat what the caller to prayer has said is a recommended and beloved act, but when he hearts the two statements “hurry to the prayer, hurry to success” (hiya ‘ala as-salat, hiya ‘ala al-falah) then he should say after hearing them:

لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ

There is no power or might but with Allah (la hawla wa la quwwata illa bi Allah).

When he hears the statement “the prayer is being established” (qad qamat as-salah) then he should say after hearing it:

أَقَامَهَا اللَّهُ وَأَدَامَهَا

May Allah establish it and make it endure (aqamaha Allahu wa adamaha).

When he hears during the dawn prayer the statement “prayer is better than sleep” (as-salatu khayrun min an-nawm) then he should say:

صَدَقْتَ وَبَرَرْتَ

You have spoken truthfully and righteously (sadaqtu wa barartu).

At the end of the call to prayer, he should say:

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ هَذِهِ الدَّعْوَةِ التَّامَّةِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْقَائِمَةِ آتِ مُحَمَّدًا الْوَسِيلَةَ وَالْفَضِيلَةَ وَابْعَثْهُ مَقَامًا مَحْمُودًا الَّذِي وَعَدْتَهُ

O Allah, Lord of this perfect call and established prayer, give Muhammad the means of approach and favor, and raise him to the praiseworthy status which You promised for him.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 589, Grade: Sahih

فَضِيلَةُ الْأَذَانِ

قَالَ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَا يَسْمَعُ نِدَاءَ الْمُؤَذِّنِ جِنٌّ وَلَا إِنْسٌ وَلَا شَيْءٌ إِلَّا شَهِدَ لَهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَقَالَ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِذَا سَمِعْتُمُ النِّدَاءَ فَقُولُوا مِثْلَ مَا يَقُولُ الْمُؤَذِّنُ وَذَلِكَ مَحْبُوبٌ مُسْتَحَبٌّ إِلَّا فِي الْحَيْعَلَتَيْنِ فَإِنَّهُ يَقُولُ فِيهِمَا لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ وَفِي قَوْلِهِ قَدْ قَامَتِ الصَّلَاةُ أَقَامَهَا اللَّهُ وَأَدَامَهَا وَفِي التَّثْوِيبِ أَيْ قَوْلِ مُؤَذِّنِ الْفَجْرِ الصَّلَاةُ خَيْرٌ مِنَ النَّوْمِ صَدَقْتَ وَبَرَرْتَ وَعِنْدَ الْفَرَاغِ يَقُولُ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ هَذِهِ الدَّعْوَةِ التَّامَّةِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْقَائِمَةِ آتِ مُحَمَّدًا الْوَسِيلَةَ وَالْفَضِيلَةَ وَابْعَثْهُ مَقَامًا مَحْمُودًا الَّذِي وَعَدْتَهُ

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