On the excellence of the adhan

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

186. Chapter: On the excellence of the adhan

1033. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "If people only knew what was in the call to prayer and the first row, and could find no other way to get it than drawing lots for it, they would certainly draw lots for it. If they only knew what there was in going early to the prayer, they would race each other to get there. And if they only knew what was in the prayers of 'Isha' and Subh, they would come to them even if they had to crawl." [Agreed upon]

1034. Mu'awiya said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'The mu'adhdhins will be the people with the longest necks (from yearning) on the Day of Rising." [Muslim]

1035. Abu Sa'id al-Khudri said to 'Abdullah ibn 'Abdu'r-Rahman ibn Abi Sa'sa'a, "I see that you love sheep and the desert. When you are among your sheep or in the desert, give the call to prayer and raise your voice when doing it. No jinn or man or anything within range hears the voice of the mu'adhdhin without bearing witness for him on the Day of Rising." Abu Sa'id said, "I heard this from the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace." [al-Bukhari]

1036. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "When the call to prayer is done Shaytan retreats, farting so that he will not hear it. When the call is finished he comes back again until the iqama is done, when he retreats again. When the iqama is finished, he comes back again, insinuating himself between a man and his self and saying, 'Think of such-and-such, think of such-and-such,' which he was not thinking about before, until the man does not know how much he has prayed." [Agreed upon]

1037. 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, "When you hear (someone calling) the adhan, say the same as he says and then say the prayer on me. If anyone says one prayer on me, Allah says ten prayers on him. Then ask Allah to give me "al-wasila" (the means). It is a station in the Garden which only one of the slaves of Allah will reach, and I hope that it will be me. My intercession will be available to anyone who asks Allah for "al-wasila" for me." [Muslim]

1038. Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, aid, "When you hear the adhan, repeat what the mu'adhdhin says." [Agreed upon]

1039. Jabir ibn 'Abdullah reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "My intercession will be available on the Day of Rising to anyone who says, after hearing the adhan, 'O Allah! Lord of this perfect call and established prayer, give Muhammad "al-wasila" and superiority and raise him up to the praiseworthy station which You promised him. " [al-Bukhari]

1040. Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who says, when he hears the mu'adhdhin, 'I testify that there is no god but Allah alone with no partner and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. I am pleased with Allah as Lord, with Muhammad as Messenger, and Islam as deen,' will have his wrong actions forgiven." [Muslim]

1041. Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "A supplication between the adhan and the iqama is not rejected." [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]