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Moulating the voice and elongating vowels when calling adhân

Published: 25/08/2011 05:44:00 PM GMT
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What is the ruling on modulating and elongating the vowels when calling the adhân? I was born and brought up in Saudi Arabia and was taught to call the adhân in this way - the same way that is practiced in Mecca. I know that it is preferred for the mu'adhdhin to have a pleasant and loud voice. However, when I called the adhân at my college here in the UK, one of the brothers mentioned a hadîth where someone said to Ibn `Umar: “I love you for the sake of Allah” whereupon Ibn `Umar replied: “I dislike you for the sake of Allah.” The man asked why, and Ibn `Umar told him that he exaggerates in his adhân and accepts payment for it.

Does this mean that the adhân as performed in Mecca and in every other mosque where vowels are modulated and elongated is incorrect?


Answered by

Sheikh Yûsuf al-Qâsim

It is true that the one who makes the call to the prayer should raise his voice particularly in situations where loudspeakers are unavailable. He should enhance his voice and beautify it.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) told `Abd Allah b. Zayd to inform Bilâl of the words he heard in his dream so that Bilâl could make the call for prayers using those words, since he had a better voice. [Authentic hadîth related by Ibn Mâjah and Abu Dâwûd]

Ibn Hajr comments: "This means Bilâl had a better and higher voice that could reach more people."

Some people of knowledge dislike the modulation and elongation of vowels in the adhân if it affects the pronounciation, since this might change or obscure the meaning of what is being said.

The hadîth you have mentioned about Ibn `Umar is weak.

Nevertheless, long and excessive modulation and elongation of the vowels in the adhân is not something recommended.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today




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