10 Importance of Azan in Islam for a Beautiful Life
Who do not know Azan? Azan is an appeal to all of Moslem about the time of five daily prayer. It is also an appeal to congregation prayer with special lafadz. In language, Azan is Isim that occupy the position of Mashdar Haqiqi. Al Idzan is an announcement and Al Iblagh is a delivery. For example, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala said :
واذن من الله ورسوله الي الناس يوم احج الاكبر ان الله برئ من المشركين . ورسوله……….
“And [it is] an announcement from Allah and His Messenger to the people on the day of the greater pilgrimage that Allah is disassociated from the disbelievers, and [so is] His Messenger.” (Q.S. At-Tawbah : 3)
The word of Azan means delivery an information that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and His Messenger break free from polytheist.
The origin of Azan is explained in some similar hadith. It is narrated by Abdullah bin Umar :
“When a people came to Medina, they got together. They estimated the time of prayer, but no one who call to do prayer. Because of that, one day, they talked it. Part of them said, “Use a bell like Christians.” Other part said : “Use a horn like Jews.” Then Umar said : “Why do you not call someone to do prayer?” Then Rasulullah SAW said, “Hi Bilal, stand and shout the prayer call.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, at Tirmidzi and An Nasa’i)
There are reading and way of Azan. Those are explained in a hadith :
Narrated by Nashr bin Al Muhajir (the teacher of Abu Muhammad) mentioned the name of person who dream :
Someone from Anshar came to ‘Abdullah bin Zaid. Then he looked at Qibla and said, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (Allah the Almighty, Allah the Almighty) – two times. Asyhadu an laa ilaaha Illallah (I testify that there is no God besides Allah) – two times. Asyhadu Anna Muhammada Rasulullah (I testify that Muhammad is a Messenger of Allah) – two times. Hayya Alal al shalah (let’s pray) – two times. Hayya alal falaah (let’s go to victory) – two times. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (Allah the Almighty, Allah the Almighty) laa ilaaha Illallah (No God besides Allah). He stopped for a while, then stood again and said the same sentence, but Hayya Ala as Shalah he added the sentence Qad Qamat al salah, Qad Qamat al Salah. Rasulullah said, “dictated that sentence to Bilal.” Then Bilal echoed Azan with that sentence.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud)
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After we know about the meaning of Azan, let us discuss what importance of Azan in Islam. Here are the importance of Azan based on the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa sallam :
- Azan is the greatest calling
Azan is gone out everywhere in the world. Actually, Azan is a beautiful voice from Islam. It is gone out five times in a day. The voices of Azan in this world are same, admire the Greatness of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, invite to pray and reach the victory. Azan also becomes our reminder to meet Allah Ta’ala. You may also read how to dua for success and get victory in life.
- Azan as a reminder to fight lust
In Azan, hayya alal Falah is mentioned which means let go to the victory. It is very related with our victory against our lust. When we are lazy to do congregation prayer in the mosque after azan is gone out, we should fight that laziness.
Azan remembers us to fight our lust, so it make us more diligent to do prayer. See also Quran Dua for success and victory in life.
- Azan chases Satan
Abu Huriarah told taht Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa sallam said : “If Azan is gone out to pray, Satan go and fart until it does not hear Azan. If mu’adzin finishes Azan, it come and go again when the Iqomat calls.” (Narrated by Bukhari, Muslim)
- Azan has a very big reward
From Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu anhu informed the word of Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam :
“If people know how big is reward of Azan and the first raw, then they cannot get it except by lottery, they will vote to get it.” (Narrated by Bukhari, Muslim)
- Whoever hear Azan (creations or things) will become a witness for Mu’adzin
“It is not the voice of Azan that is heard by trees, slimes, stones, Jinn and human, except they will testify for him.” (Narrated by Ibn Khuzaimah)
It is also narrated by Bukhari :
“It is not Jinn, human and there is nothing that hear the voice of Azan from a mu’adzin, except it will become a good witness for Mu’adzin in the Hereafter later.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
- The sins of people who peal Azan will be forgiven
Ibn Umar said : Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa sallam said :
“Mu’adzin will be forgiven in the end of his Azan, and every et and dry thing which hear Azan will ask forgiveness for him.” (Narrated by Ahmad)
Then it is narrated by another companion that :
Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa sallam prayed Imam and Mu’adzin : “O Allah, give ingenuousness for Imam and forgive Mu’adzin.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud)
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- Rewards for Mu’adzin
It is explained in a hadith :
“Mu’adzin gets reward like the reward of people who pray with him.” (Narrated by An Nasa’i)
The meaning is when Mu’adzin peals Azan and many people come to the mosque because they heard that Azan, the Mu’adzin will get the importance reward of people who come to do prayer with him.
- The neck of Mu’adzin will be lengthened in the Hereafter
As it is explained in the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa sallam :
“Mu’adzin are people who have long neck in the Hereafter.” (Narrated by Muslim)
- Mu’adzin will be proud by Allah in front of angel
As it is explained in a hadith :
“Your Lord wonders to a shepherd on the top of mountain, he peals Azan to pray, then he prays. Then Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala said : “Look at my servant, he peals Azan and iqomat to pray, he is afraid to Me, I has forgiven my servant and entered him to the Heaven.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud and An Nasa’i)
- Mu’adzin will be enterred by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala to the Heaven
Besides it is based on the hadith that has been explained in the eighth importance, it is explained again by Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa sallam in a hadith :
From Abu Hurairah said : “We have heard with Rasulullah SAW, then Bilal stood to peal Azan, then when he finished, Rasulullah SAW said ‘whoever say like this surely, he will enter to the Heaven.”
Thus the importance of Azan in Islam. Hopefully this article is useful and add our faith to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Amen.