Answer to the Azan and Iqamah

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Answer to the Azan

Answer of the Azan is Wajib when a person listens it. The answer is Wajib for everyone except who is in Haiz or Nifaas, or listening the Khutba, or in the Salah of Janaza or in sexual intercourse, or in rest or in taking food or in teaching or learning.

Umar Bin Al-Khattab reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, When the Muazzin says: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, and one of you should make this response: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. (And when the Muazzin) says. I testify that there is no god but Allah, one should respond: I testify that there is no god but Allah, and when he says: I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, one should make a response. I testify that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger. When he (the Muazzin) says: Come to prayer, one should make a response: There is no might and no power except with Allah. When he (the Muazzin) says: Come to salvation, one should respond: There is no might and no power except with Allah, and when he (the Muazzin) says: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, then make a response: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. When he (the Muazzin) says: There is no god but Allah, and he who makes a response from the heart: There is no god but Allah, he will enter Paradise.

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Ata ibn Yazid al-Laythi from Abu Said al-Khudri that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,

“When you hear the Azan, repeat what the Muazzin says.”[1]

Answer of Azan is the same words as the words of Azan. It should be repeated with the Muwazzin except on both Hayhaa and additional sentence of Fajr. Their answers are given bellow:

The whole Azan and answer is as bellow:

Al most all the answer is same except “Hayya Al” and Fajr addition.

Azan/Answer same Azan/Answer same
اللَّه أكبر، اللَّه أكبر Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akber
اللَّه أكبر، اللَّه أكبر Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akber
 شهد ألاّ إله إلاّ اللَّه Ash-Hadu Al-La Ilaha Illal  La
أشهد ألاّ إله إلاّ اللَّه Ash-Hadu Al-La Ilaha Il-lal  La
أشهد أن محمداً رسول اللَّه Assh Hadu An-na Muham-madar Rsulul-laah
أشهد أن محمداً رسول اللَّه Assh Hadu An-na Muham-madar Rsulul-laah

 

Azan Azan Answer Answer
حيّ على الصلاة Hai-yya Alas- Salah-ah لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billa hil Ali Yul Azeem
حيّ على الصلاة Hai-yya Alas- Salah-ah لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billa hil Ali Yul Azeem
حيّ على الفلاح Hai-yya Alal- Fala-ah لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billa hil Ali Yul Azeem
حيّ على الفلاح Hai-yya Alal- Fala-ah لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billa hil Ali Yul Azeem
الصلاة خير من النوم Ass-Salatu Khairum Minan Nauom صدقت لا شك فيه Saddaqta La Shakka Feeh
الصلاة خير من النوم Ass-Salatu Khairum Minan Nauom صدقت لا شك فيه Saddaqta La Shakka Feeh

 

Azan/Answer same Azan/Answer same
اللَّه أكبر، اللَّه أكبر Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akber
لا إله إلاّ اللَّه Laa Ilaaha Ill-al  Laa

Answer of the Iqamah

It is very common question that when Muwazzin or someone else starts the Iqamah, what other Muqtadis should do? The Answer is, “we have to answer the Iqamah as we did the answer of Azan.” It is Sunnah to give the answer of Iqamah. We see negligence in this regard.

Hadith says: When Bilal used to recite the Iqamah, the Prophet (PBUH) used to give the answer and when Bilal said, “Qad Qamatis Salah” Prophet (PBUH) said “Aqamaha Allahu Wa Adamaha”. So, we should give the answer as explained bellow.

Abu Umamah, or one of the Companion of the Prophet narrated:

Bilal began the Iqamahh, and when he said,

“Qadqa Matis Salah” which means “the time for prayer has come”,” the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Aqamahallahu Wa Adamaha” which means “May Allah establish it and make it ever lasting.”[2]

The answer of the Iqamah is as follows:

The wordings of Iqamah and its answer are as:

Iqamah/Answer both same Iqamah/Answer both same
اللَّه أكبر، اللَّه أكبر Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akber
اللَّه أكبر، اللَّه أكبر Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akber
 أشهد أَن لَا إِلَه إِلَّا الله Ash-Hadu Al-La Ilaha Illal  La
أشهد أَن لَا إِلَه إِلَّا الله Ash-Hadu Al-La Ilaha Il-lal  La
أشهد أن محمداً رسول اللَّه Assh Hadu An-na Muham-madar Rsulul-laah
أشهد أن محمداً رسول اللَّه Assh Hadu An-na Muham-madar Rsulul-laah

 

Iqamah Iqamah Answer Answer
حيّ على الصلاة Hai-yya Alas- Salah-ah لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billa hil Ali Yul Azeem
حيّ على الصلاة Hai-yya Alas- Salah-ah لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billa hil Ali Yul Azeem
حيّ على الفلاح Hai-yya Alal- Fala-ah لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billa hil Ali Yul Azeem
حيّ على الفلاح Hai-yya Alal- Fala-ah لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billa hil Ali Yul Azeem
قد قامت الصلاة، قد قامت الصلاة Qad Qamatis Salatu Qad Qamatis Salah أَقَامَهَا اللَّهُ وَأَدَامَهَا

 

أقامها الله وأدامها

Aqamaha Allahu Wa Adamaha

 

Aqamaha Allahu Wa Adamaha

 

اللَّه أكبر، اللَّه أكبر Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akber
لا إله إلاّ اللَّه Laa Ilaaha Ill-al  Laa

Answer to the Azan

Answer:

When Muwazzin finishes the Azan, one should give the answer and recite the Duwa. The answer of Azan is necessary, Duwa is also very fruitful and important.

The Duwa is narrated in many Ahadith and almost in all the books of Ahadith. The Duwa is:

” اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ هَذِهِ الدَّعْوَةِ التَّامَّةِ، وَالصَّلَاةِ الْقَائِمَةِ، آتِ مُحَمَّدا الْوَسِيلَةَ وَالْفَضِيلَةَ، وَابْعَثْهُ مَقَاماً مَحْمُودا نلَّذِي وَعَدْتَهُ، إَنَّكَ لَا تُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَاد.”

Allahumma rabba hadhihi-d-da’awati-t-tammati wa-s-Salah ti-l-qa’imati, ati Muhammadan il-wasilata wa-l-fadilata (wa-d-darajata-r-rafi’ati) wa-b‘ath-hu maqamam mahmudan illadhi wa‘adtahu (innaka la tukhliful mi’ad).[3]

Translation:

(O Allah, Lord of this most perfect call, and of the Prayer that is about to be established, grant to Muhammad the favor of nearness (to You) and excellence and a place of distinction, and exalt him to a position of glory that You have promised him.)[4]

[1] (Muwatta Imam Malik: Book: 2: Hadith: 3)

[2] (Sunane Abu Daud: Book: 2: Hadith: 138)

[3] (Sahih Al-Bukhari: Book: 10: Hadith: 12)

[4] (Al-Hajjah, Kaukab Abeed Al-Maliki: Fiqhul-Ibadaat Alal Mazhab Al-Malik: Maktabatul Inshaa: Damascus: 1986: Vol.: 1: P.: 127-128)

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