Why muaddin turn right and left.
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I want to know the reason of turning right and left of a Muazzin when he is giving Azaan.
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Why muaddin turn right and left
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Abu Juhaifah (r.a.) reported, "Bilal (r.a.) declared the Adhaan, and I saw the movement of his face from this side (right) to that side (left) upon saying "Hayya alas-Salaah" and "Hayya alal-Falaah." (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)
In al-Mughni, it states from Ahmad that the caller should not turn to the left or to the right unless he is at the top of a minaret, so that the people on both sides can hear him.
The absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that the only reason Hadrat Bilaal (r.a.) would turn his face towards the right and the left during the declaration of the Adhaan was to enable his voice to reach the maximum number of people.
With the advent of the modern invention of the loud-speaker the wisdom of the sound of the Adhaan calling the believers to prayer reaching far and wide would be more than sufficiently fulfilled, thus the scholars are of the opinion that if the Muaddhin today does not turn to his left and his right during his declaration of the Adhaan, there is absolutely no harm. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
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