Call for prayer

Posted: July 21, 2013 in Islam, Prayer

In Arabic, the word ‘Athaan’ (or Azan) is to call or to inform. Religionsly, it is a call made to inform people that the time of the prayer has begun. It is obligatory for the congregation in the mosque while for individuals praying alone at home, for example, it is a highly preferred act. It begins by proclaiming the greatness and oneness of Allaah and the denial of disbelief and polytheism, testifying to the messengership of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and then calling to a prosperity which is everlasting, pointing to the return to Allaah.

The ‘Iqaamah’ is the second and final Call to Prayer and is uttered immediately before the beginning of the obligatory prayer indicating that it is actually time to perform the prayer.


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