Whenever I hear the Adhan, I always think of my family members and friends in Western countries where Adhan is not called out aloud via loudspeakers and no body in the neighborhood can actually hear it taking place…. The Adhan is a call to prayer, a reminder that began in the times of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), in fact, he was the one who had felt the need for it as Muslim population of Medina was on the rise and Muslims were busy than before in trade and agriculture. What happens if we have an appointment with our boss at work? What do we do? We wake up on time, wear our best clothes and reach the office on time, earlier than our usual time.. after all, we have to impress him and in doing so appropriately, we expect some kind of a promotion in our current position, a substantial increase in benefits from him and an elevated view of ourselves in his eyes. The same ruling applies to students who want to impress their teachers, they want extra marks for their overall conduct and behavior, points for meeting the deadlines and so on…. Think of the Adhan (the call to prayer) as a reminder to your meeting time with your Creator! As soon as we hear the Adhan, we know we have to begin preparing for our obligatory Salah, the key to success and “Falah”, during which we interact with Him, praise Him and supplicate to Him…. Salah, the highest forms of Ibadah and the second most important pillar of Islam… without which a person is not regarded as a Muslim, no matter what! It has been reported by Abu Sufyan (May Allah be please with him) on the authority of Jabir (RA) that he had heard Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) say:
(Quote taken from islamquote.com) What must you do if you are busy at your work or with kids or with any other activity when you hear Adhan?
- First of all, leave whatever you are doing. Encourage kids to do the same.
- Secondly, listen to the Adhan attentively till the end and repeat the words of the Adhan along with the Muezzin (the person who is saying the Adhan). Answer this call of prayer with a short Du’a.
- Thirdly and most importantly, get up and prepare and offer your prayers instantly. There is loads and loads of work lying upon your table that you have to complete and delaying your Salah for work and thinking you will do that afterwards.. there is a high chance that you may totally forget about getting up at all! There are people who do this, starting with myself… And there is more rewards for saying Salah in its earliest time then saying it at the last moment when the time is about to be over!
Don’t let blessings distract you from saying Salah.. If you cannot hear the Adhan, don’t make it your excuse… download an Adhan app or a prayer timings app on your mobile gadget and use that as a reminder. Adhan clocks are widely available nowadays that have inbuilt Adhan recitations by different Muezzins. Also, make efforts to incorporate a loud call to prayer within your homes so your kids and your siblings may know its time to pray… believe me, this little action will really help to invoke in your kids a desire to take the required action.