Fiqh

The azan of one who shaves or trims his beard

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Thursday, 08 November 2007 17:09

It is not permissible to shave or trim the beard lesser than one fist. Therefore, the azan of such a person is makrooh. The fuqaha have stated that the azan of a fasiq (an open sinner) is makrooh because the statement of a fasiq is unacceptable in matters pertaining to deen and azan is a deeni matter. (Haashiyat-ut-Tahtawi, pg 108)

However, an objection raised against this is that the purpose of azan is notification and this can be accomplished by a fasiq. Hence, there is no problem in a fasiq’s giving azan. Therefore, I explain the reason differently. The muazzin announces on behalf of Allah Ta`ala and this is an esteemed position which is inappropriate for a fasiq. (Shaami, vol 5, pg 261) 
   

Replying to the azan

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Thursday, 08 November 2007 17:07

Generally, the fuqaha are of the opinion that it is sunnat to verbally reply to the words of the azan. However, Muhaqqiq Ibne Humam who is called Muhaqqiq `Alal-itlaq by Molwi Ahmad Radha Khan, and Allama Ibne Nujaim Misri are of the opinion that it is wajib to verbally reply to the words of the azan. They cite the following hadith as proof: قولوا مثل ما يقول المؤذن (“Say what the muazzin says.”). The word قولوا is in the imperative which implies wujoob (being compulsory) provided there is no evidence to prove otherwise.
 
(Shaami, vol 1, pg 267)
   

Azan called out at once from different musjids

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Thursday, 08 November 2007 17:07

When the azan is being called from different musjids at the same time one should reply to the azan of the musjid he will be attending to perform his salah.
 
(Shaami, vol 1, pg 268/ Kabeeri, pg 363)
   

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