Adhan and Iqamah | Islamic Laws by The Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei


Adhan and Iqamah


Q 448: In our village, the person who says the morning adhan during the blessed month of Ramadan always does so a few minutes before the beginning of the time so that people may continue eating and drinking until the middle or end of the adhan. Is it correct to do so?

A: If raising the adhan does not lead to peoples confusion, and is not intended as an announcement of the arrival of the time of fajr, there will be no problem in it.


Q 449: Some individuals have started, with the aim of announcing prayer time arrival, to say adhan in groups in public places. All praise be to Allah! This activity has had a great effect in preventing overt corruption in the area and in encouraging people, especially the youth, towards the timely performance of prayers. However, someone has stated that this action is not specifically mentioned in the sources of Islamic law, and therefore it is an innovation. This statement has caused some doubt. What is your esteemed opinion?

A: Reciting adhan (declaring the beginning of the time of prayer) at the beginning of the times of daily obligatory prayers and its repetition by the listeners are among the most highly mustaHabb actions in the viewpoint of shar. There is no problem in saying the adhan in a group form around public places as long as it does not lead to obstruction of the way or harassment of others.


Q 450: Since saying adhan loudly is a religio-political act which involves a great reward, the believers decided to do so on the roofs of their houses without using a loudspeaker at the time of obligatory prayer, particularly the morning prayers. What is the rule of such an action in case of objection by some neighbors?

A: There is no problem in saying the adhan in a conventional form on the roofs of houses.


Q 451: What is the rule with respect to relaying the special programs of saHar in the holy month of Ramadan through the masjids loudspeakers so that everyone hears it?

A: There is no problem in doing so in areas where most people are awake during the nights of the holy month of Ramadan for reciting the Holy Quran and supplications, attending religious ceremonies and so on. But if it annoys the masjids neighbors, it will be impermissible.


Q 452: Is it allowed in masjids and other centers to broadcast Quranic verses before morning adhan and supplications after with such a very loud volume that it is heard from a distance of several kilometers, given that this occasionally continues for more than half an hour?

A: There is no problem in broadcasting the adhan in a usual and common way by means of a loudspeaker to announce the beginning of the time of morning prayer. But there is no shari justification for, and rather there is a problem in, broadcasting Quranic verses, supplication, and the likes at any time using a loudspeaker in the masjid when it annoys the neighbors.


Q 453: Is it permissible for a man to suffice, for his prayer, with the adhan of a woman?

A: It is problematic for him to suffice with her adhan.


Q 454: What is your esteemed opinion on the third testimony for the master of believers, Imam Ali (a.), as being the commander and the leader, in the adhan and iqamah of obligatory prayers?

A: Saying “Ashhadu anna Aliyyan Waliyyullah” in adhan and iqamah with the intention of being a symbol for the Shiah school of thought is good and important and it should be said only for the sake of nearness to Allah, but it is not a part of adhan and iqamah.


Q 455: I have been suffering from back pain for a long time which sometimes becomes so severe that it prevents me from praying while standing. Taking into consideration that if I want to perform my prayer at its beginning time, I will be compelled to do it in a sitting position, while if I wait, it may be possible for me to pray it at the end of its specific time in standing position, what is my duty in this situation?

A: If there is a likelihood that you will be able to offer your prayer standing late in its time, it is an obligatory caution that you must wait until that time. But if you had performed your prayer sitting at the beginning of its time due to an excuse that continues until end of the time, your prayer is correct and you do not have to repeat it. However, if you are not able to pray in a standing position early during prayer time and you are sure that this excuse will continue until the time ends but it disappears and praying in standing position becomes possible before the time expiration, you are obliged to repeat your prayer standing.