Answering to the Azaan
Listen to “When we hear the Azaan” by Mawlana Junayd Makda Sahib
What happens when we hear the azaan? Some of us may start rushing to get ready for salaah, some may carry on with whatever they were doing, while others will use this unique time to earn a very special reward.
In the Hadeeth of our beloved Nabi ﷺ we learn that, when the azaan is called out, whoever follows 3 simple steps, it will become necessary for our beloved Nabi ﷺ to intercede for them, meaning he will have to help and rescue them on the day of Qiyamah. Amazing right?
What are these 3 steps we need to do?
They are really simple and we can all do them!
1. Stop and Listen to the words of the azaan very carefully and attentively. (This meaning stop whatever you are doing and give your full attention to the azaan) simple right?
2. Reply to the call of azaan. This is simple too! You just need to repeat the same words you hear of the azaan except in 2 places. Click on ‘Azaan and it’s reply’ to reveal the full chart.
From another hadeeth we also learn that:
When you hear:
أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلهَ إِلَّا اللهُ
أَشْهُدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُوْلُ الله
You should reply by saying:
اَشْھَدُ اَنْ لَّآ اِلٰہَ اِلاَّ اللّٰہُ وَحْدَہٗ لَاشَرِیْکَ لَہٗ وَاَشْھَدُ اَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُہٗ وَرَسُوْلُہٗ رَضِيْتُ بِاللّهِ رَبًّا وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيْنًا وَبِمُحَمَّد رَسُوْلاً
The reward for this quick and simple act is that Allah Ta'aala will forgive all of our sins!
3. Finally after the azaan read durood and the following dua:
اَللّٰھُمَّ رَبَّ ھٰذِہ الدَّعْوَۃِ التَّامَّۃِ وَالصَّلَاۃِ الْقَائِمَۃِ اٰتِ مُحَمَّدَنِ الْوَسِیْلَۃَ وَ الْفَضِیْلَۃَ وَابْعَثْہُ مَقَامًا مَّحْمُوْدَنِ الَّذِیْ وَعَدْتَّہٗ اِنَّکَ لَاتُخْلِفُ الْمِیْعَادَ
That’s it! Easy right? By doing only this simple action we will receive the special help of our beloved Nabi ﷺ on the day of Qiyamah. We all know what that means….we will go straight to Jannah!
So the next time we hear the azaan follow the 3 steps of:
1) Stop and listen 2) Reply, and 3) Read durood and the dua after Azaan
Shaykhul Hadeeth Mawlana Zakariyyah Khandalwi rahmatullahi alayh was an expert in hadeeth. While explaining this hadeeth he pointed something very special out for us. He said, that our beloved Nabi ﷺ will only be able to help the believers on the Day of Qiyamah. So if by following these 3 steps we are guaranteed his special help then it means we will definitely pass away with Iman (Insha’Allah).
Did you know? When we hear the azaan, we should stop whatever we are doing and respond to the azaan. Even reciting the Glorious Quran should be stopped as this is closer to sunnah. Once azaan has been completed a person may continue reciting the Glorious Qur’an.