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HAVE WE CONSIDERED HONOURING THE ADHAAN?

A grave injustice in our lives is our attitude towards the Adhaan. Most of us continue in our conversations and daily activities; the importance with regards replying to the Adhaan and reciting the duaa thereafter is something that is done on some occasions and left out mostly. The temperament of honouring the Adhaan has to be inculcated in our lives.

Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has mentioned an amazing incident of the mercy of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله. Whilst an ignorant woman was about to leave this world, she was muttering some words which her relatives could not understand. They called an Aalim and asked him to listen to her ‘muttering’. The Aalim listened carefully and heard her saying in Arabic: “These two men are saying; ‘Enter into Jannah.'”

The Aalim informed her relatives that she had been given the glad tidings of Jannah and he was curious to know what her good deeds were that entitled her to this great fortune. Her relatives said that leave alone good deeds, she was extremely irreligious. The Aalim urged them to ponder carefully. Finally, they said that the only good deed she had was to become attentive whenever the Adhaan was being proclaimed. She would not speak nor allow others in her presence to speak for the duration of the Adhaan. She would listen attentively to the proclamation of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله.

By virtue of the respect she showed for the Adhaan, Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله had effaced all her evil deeds. This serves as an immense lesson for us in that if we behave respectfully towards the Adhaan; this can be the basis of our salvation. The demand of modesty is that we revere the name of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله; through this will we attain respect.

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