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Repetition of adhan and iqama

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As salmualaikum,

 

When I reffered sahih bukari at a site www. ramzanonline.com I came to know that one should pronounce the wording of Adhan twice and of the Iqama once only.

 

But in our country means in India mozan pronounce the wording of Adhan twice and of the Iqama also twice.

 

So, its a kind request to you to clear my doubt and give me some important informatiion about this topic, that weather one should pronounce the Iqama once or twice.

 

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 577:

 

Narrated Anas:

The people mentioned the fire and the bell (they suggested those as signals to indicate the starting of prayers), and by that they mentioned the Jews and the Christians. Then Bilal was ordered to pronounce Adhan for the prayer by saying its wordings twice, and for the Iqama (the call for the actual standing for the prayers in rows) by saying its wordings once. (Iqama is pronounced when the people are ready for the prayer).

 

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Volume 1, Book 11, Number 578:

Narrated Ibn `Umar:

 

When the Muslims arrived at Medina, they used to assemble for the prayer, and used to guess the time for it. During those days, the practice of Adhan for the prayers had not been introduced yet. Once they discussed this problem regarding the call for prayer. Some people suggested the use of a bell like the Christians, others proposed a trumpet like the horn used by the Jews, but `Umar was the first to suggest that a man should call (the people) for the prayer; so Allah`s Apostle ordered Bilal to get up and pronounce the Adhan for prayers.


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Volume 1, Book 11, Number 579:

Narrated Anas:

 

Bilal was ordered to repeat the wording of the Adhan for prayers twice, and to pronounce the wording of the Iqamas once except "Qad-qamat-is-Salat".

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Volume 1, Book 11, Number 580:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

 

When the number of Muslims increased they discussed the question as to how to know the time for the prayer by some familiar means. Some suggested that a fire be lit (at the time of the prayer) and others put forward the proposal to ring the bell. Bilal was ordered to pronounce the wording of Adhan twice and of the Iqama once only.

 

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Repetition of adhan and iqama

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your Question: So, its a kind request to you to clear my doubt and give me some important informatiion about this topic, that weather one should pronounce the Iqama once or twice.

Dear and Beloved Brother in Islam, there is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars in Islam regarding the subject of whether the iqamah should be pronounced once or twice, as both variations seem to have evidence from the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

 

Although the general consensus amongst the majority of the scholars in Islam is that the Iqamah should be pronounced only once, there are a few scholars who give weight to announcing the iqamah twice in light of these authentic ahaadiths:

 

Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 1.98a

Saying the first takbir four times and everything else twice, with the exception of the last statement of la ilaha illal-lah. Abu Mahdhura said that the Prophet (saws) taught him the iqamah consisting of seventeen phrases: Allahu akbar (4 times), ashhadu alla ilaha illal-lah (twice), ashhadu anna Muhammad arRasool-lal-lah (twice), hayya 'alas-salah (twice), hayya 'alal-falah (twice), qad qaamatis-salah (twice), Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar. La ilaha illal-lah.

Related by Muslim and Bukhari.

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 510 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

The words of adhan were pronounced from the time of the Messenger of Allah (saws) twice in pairs (i.e. four times) each, and the words of iqamah were pronounced once in pairs (twice each), except that the phrase "The time for prayer has come" would be pronounced twice.

 

Since both the variations of pronouncing the iqamah have substantial and authentic evidence from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws); there is absolutely no harm if one pronounces the phrases in the iqamah once or twice, as both would be in accordance with the practice and guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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