How To Answer Azan According To Ahadith

How To Answer Azan According To Ahadith

Do you want to learn how to answer azan? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a complete beginner – learning for the first time – or just need a refresher.

Knowing how to answer azan is sunnah.

Before I go through how to answer azan, let’s look at some ahadith about it.

How To Answer Azan According To Ahadith

How to answer azan
Whenever you hear the Adhan, say what the Mu’adh-dhin is saying

It’s sunnah to listen to the azan attentively and repeat what the Mu’adh-dhin says.

Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Whenever you hear the Adhan, say what the Mu’adh-dhin is saying.”

Sahih al-Bukhari

The phrases, “hayya ‘ala s-salah” (hasten to the prayer) and “hayya ‘ala l-falah” (hasten to the salvation), aren’t repeated after the Mu’adh-dhin. Instead, the phrase, “la hawla wa la quwata illa billah” (there is no strength or power except from God), is said.

Narrated `Isa bin Talha:
that he had heard Muawiya repeating the words of Adhan up to “Wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan rasulul-lah (and I testify that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger [ﷺ]).”

Sahih al-Bukhari

Narrated Yahya as above (586) and added:
“Some of my companions told me that Hisham had said, “When the Mu’adh-dhin said, “Haiyi `alassala (come for the prayer).” Muawiya said, “La hawla wala quwata illa billah (There is neither might nor any power except with Allah)” and added, “We heard your Prophet saying the same.”

Sahih al-Bukhari

How To Pronounce Azan And How To Answer Azan

Beautiful azan recitation

Here’s a handy table you can refer to in order to learn how to answer azan.

The Recital column refers to how many times a phrase is repeated. Note that the phrase, “as-salatu khayrun mina n-naum” (prayer is better than sleep), is said during the Fajr azan only.

The Mu’adh-dhin column refers the azan as said by the Mu’adh-dhin.

The Response column shows you how to answer azan. Repeat these phrases after they’re said by the Mu’adh-dhin.

RecitalMu’adh-dhinResponse
4xٱللهُ أَكْبَر
Allahu akbar
God is the greatest
ٱللهُ أَكْبَر
Allahu akbar
God is the greatest
2xأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله
Ash-hadu an la ilaha illallah
I acknowledge that there is no deity but God
أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله
Ash-hadu an la ilaha illallah
I acknowledge that there is no deity but God
2xأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ ٱلله
Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan rasulullah
I acknowledge that Muhammad is the Messenger of God
أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ ٱلله
Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan rasulullah
I acknowledge that Muhammad is the Messenger of God
2xحَيَّ عَلَى ٱلصَّلَاة
Hayya ‘ala s-salah
Hasten to the prayer
لا حولا و لا قوة إلا بالله
La hawla wa la quwata illa billah
There is no strength or power except from God
2xحَيَّ عَلَى ٱلْفَلَاح
Hayya ‘ala l-falah
Hasten to the salvation
لا حولا و لا قوة إلا بالله
La hawla wa la quwata illa billah
There is no strength or power except from God
2x (Fajr prayer only)الصلاة خير من النوم
As-salatu khayrun mina n-naum
Prayer is better than sleep
الصلاة خير من النوم
As-salatu khayrun mina n-naum
Prayer is better than sleep
2xٱللهُ أَكْبَر
Allahu akbar
God is the greatest
ٱللهُ أَكْبَر
Allahu akbar
God is the greatest
1xلَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله
La ilaha illallah
There is no deity but God
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله
La ilaha illallah
There is no deity but God

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