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Old 23-05-2003, 20:53
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The Meaning & Value of Azaan (the Muslim Call for Prayer)

In the name of Allah the most beneficient the most merciful.


The sound of Azaan constantly echoes around the globe....

There is not a single moment when thousands of Muazzins around the world are not proclaiming the Oneness of Almighty Allah and the apostleship of Noble Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) on the surface of this earth!


Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
(Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest)



Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
(Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest)



Ashadu An La Illaha Illallah
(I witness/declare that there is no god but Allah)



Ashadu An La Illaha Illallah
(I witness that there is no god but Allah)



Ashadu Anna Muhammad-ar-Rasool-ul-Allah
(I witness that Muhammad is prophet of Allah)



Ashadu Anna Muhammad-ar-Rasool-ul-Allah
(I witness that Muhammad is the prophet of Allah)



Hayya 'Alas Salat
(Come towards the prayers)



Hayya 'Alas Salat
(Come towards the prayers)



Hayya 'Alal Falah
(Come towards the success)



Hayya 'Alal Falah
(Come towards the success)



Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
(Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest)



La Illaha Illaallah
(There is no god but Allah)



Let us begin with Indonesia right on the eastern side of the earth's central land mass. Indonesia consists of numerous small islands, the principle ones amongst them being Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Saibil, all of which are well known. It is the largest Muslim country in the world, with 180 million inhabitants. The number of non-Muslims here is negligible.


As soon as dawn breaks on the eastern side of Saibil, at approximately 5:30 am local time, Fajr Azaan begins. Thousands of Muazzins in eastern Indonesia commence proclaiming the Oneness of the Almighty, Omnipotent and Omniscient Allah and the universal apostleship of Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam).

The process then continues and advances towards the Western Islands of Indonesia. The time difference between the eastern and western islands of Indonesia is one and a half hours. So, one and a half hours after the Azaan has been completed in Saibil, it echoes in Jakarta on Java Island. Sumatra then follows suit.

Before this auspicious process of calling Azaan ends in Indonesia, it has already begun in Malaysia. Burma is next in line, and within an hour of its commencement in Jakarta, it reaches Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. No sooner the calling of Azaan ends in Bangladesh, it has already prevailed in western India, from Calcutta to Srinagar. It then advances towards Bombay and the environment of entire India resounds with this august proclamation.

Srinagar and Sialkot (a city in north Pakistan) have the same timing for Azaan. The time difference between Sialkot, Kota, Karachi and Gowadar (a city in Balochistan, Pakistan) is forty minutes, and within this time, Fajr Azaan is heard throughout Pakistan. Before it ends there, however, it has already begun in Afghanistan and Muscat.

The time difference between Muscat and Baghdad is one hour. Azaan resounds during this one hour in the environments of Hijaaz-e-Muqaddas (holy cities of Makkah and Madinah), Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq.

The time difference between Baghdad and Alexandria in Egypt is again one hour. Azaan continues to resound in Syria, Egypt, Somalia and Sudan during this hour. Alexandria and Istanbul are situated on the same geographical longitude. The time difference between eastern and western Turkey is one and a half hours, and during this time, it is echoed with the call to prayer.


Alexandria and Tripoli (capital of Libya) are located at an hour
difference from one another. The process of calling Azaan thus continues throughout the whole of Africa. Therefore, the proclamation of the Oneness of Allah and the universal prophethood of Muhammad (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) that had begun in the eastern islands of Indonesia, reaches the Eastern Shore of the Atlantic Ocean after nine and a half hours.

Prior to the Azaan reaching the shores of the Atlantic, the process of Zohr Azaan has already commenced in eastern Indonesia, and before it reaches Dhaka, Asr Azaan has started. This has hardly reached Jakarta one and half hours later. Then the time of Maghrib becomes due, and no sooner has Maghrib time reached Sumatra, then the time for calling Isha Azaan has commenced in Saibil!

When the Muazzins of Indonesia are calling out Fajr Azaan, the Muazzins in Africa are calling out the Azaan for Isha.There is not a single moment when few thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of Muazzins around the world are not proclaiming the
Oneness of Almighty Allah and the universal apostleship of Noble
Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) on the surface of this earth!

Inshaa-Allah this universal and continuous calling of the Azaan shall not cease until the Day of the Judgment.

Taken frm: As-Saabireen gp.



regds-Nida
 


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