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10. The Prayer Call (Adhan)

Now the worshipper has performed his ablution as explained above and is ready for prayer. When the time of prayers comes, it is good practice, after the Traditions of Prophet Muhammad, to say the Prayer call (Adhan). The caller stands facing the Qiblah (the direction of Ka’bah at Mecca), raising both hands to his ears and says, in a loud voice, the following:

 

1. Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest), (repeated four times);

Ashhadu An La illaha-ila-lah (I bear witness that there is no god but the One God), (repeated twice);

Ashhadu Anna Muhammadan Rasulu - l - lah (I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God), (repeated twice);

Hayya ‘Ala-s-salah (Come fast to prayer), (repeated twice, turning the face to the right);

Hayya ‘Ala-l-falah (Come fast to success), (repeated twice, turning the face to the left);

Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest), (repeated twice);

La Ilaha -ila-lah (There is no god but the One and True God), (once).

 

When the call is made for the early morning prayer, the caller adds one sentence right after (5) above. The sentence required is this:

 

As-salatu Khayrun Minan-nawm (Prayer is better than sleep), (repeated twice)

           

Then the caller continues with parts (6) and (7). This exception is made in the morning only because it is the time when people are asleep and in need for a reminder of prayer.

 

 
 
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