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Can we say our prayers while the azan is being recited. or wait for all the azans from different masjids to complete and then start our prayers. (we r able to hear azans from many masjids). Jazak Allah khair.

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Can we say our prayers while the azan is being recited. or wait for all the azans from different masjids to complete and then start our prayers. (we r able to hear azans from many masjids).

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Start prayer when adhaan

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


 

The adhaan in Islam is but a signal or a public announcement made as a proclamation to all those who hear it that the time to offer the prescribed obligatory prayer of the day or night is now due. If one has not heard the adhaan, but knows from the movement of the sun or through the mechanism of determining time (watch, clock, etc.) that a prayer time is due, there is absolutely no harm in offering their prescribed prayers.

 

If one starts their prayer when the adhaan is still in process of being declared, there is no harm and their prayer offered will be valid. But the best practice and etiquette when one hears the adhaan is to follow the guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and respond to the declaration of the adhaan by repeating every phrase, and when the adhaan is completed one offers their desired prayers.that would be closest to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

 

Al-Muwatta Hadith Hadith 3.2

Yahya related from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Ata ibn Yazid al-Laythi from Abu Said al-Khudri that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "When you hear the adhan, repeat what the muadhdhin says."

 

In light of the above guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) it is preferred that whoever listens to the adhan being declared should repeat it after the caller, except for the two hayya 'alas-salah, hayya 'alal-falah phrases, after which one should say La haula wa la quwatah illa billah (there is no power or might save Allah).

 

But if for any reason one has started their prayer when the adhaan is being declared, there is no harm, and their prayer would be considered valid in the Sight of Shariah.

 

Your Question: Can we say our prayers while the azan is being recited. or wait for all the azans from different masjids to complete and then start our prayers. (we r able to hear azans from many masjids).

If a believer is blessed to live in a place where he/she is able to hear multiple declarations of the adhaan from the various masjids in their vicinity, it would suffice if they would strive to respond to one of the adhaans until its completion and offer their prayers thereafter.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan


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