Replying to the azan

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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)
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