Iqamah & Adhan by different people
25 Aug 2011 05:43 GMT
Does the mu'adhdhin also have to call the iqamah, or does he simply have the greatest right to be the one to call it? This has become a problematic issue at our mosque, where the mu'adhdhin gets upset if someone else calls the iqamah (which sometimes happens when the mu'adhdhdin has to attend to some other issue when the prayer is about to begin). He is under the impression that calling the iqamah is one of his rights.

Answered by

the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

There is a hadîth to indicate that the person who calls the adhân (the main call to prayer) should also call the iqâmah (the second call to prayer).

It has been related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever offers the adhân should be the one who to offer the iqâmah”. [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (199), Sunan Abû Dâwûd (514) and Sunan Ibn Mâjah (717)]

However, this hadîth is weak. It has been declared weak by numerous hadîth scholars, including al-Albânî. Therefore, it cannot be used as evidence that the same person should call the adhân and iqâmah.

In any event, even if this hadîth had it been authentic, it would merely have indicated a preference. It certainly does not indicate an obligation that the one who offers the iqâmah must be the same person who had already offered the adhân.

It is permissible for anyone to offer the iqâmah. In the case of your mosque, the mosque's officials can set down certain policies to prevent confusion or hard feelings. Whatever policies the mosque administration sets down should be respected by all. Therefore, if the administration makes it a rule that the iqâmah must be given by the same person who had already offered the adhân, then this is what should be followed.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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