Azaan is among the salient features of the Deen of Islam. Islam has afforded great honour to all those who call out the azaan, inviting people towards salaah. On the day of Qiyaamah people will admire those who used to call out the azaan in the world on account of their esteemed position and lofty status in the Hereafter. Numerous Ahaadith highlight the great virtues and immense rewards in store for those who call out the azaan.
Virtues of the Muazzin
- The position of the Muazzin on the day of Qiyaamah.
عن معاوية رضي الله عنه قال: سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول المؤذنون أطول الناس أعناقا يوم القيامة. (مسلم رقم 387)
Hadhrat Mu’aawiyah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Verily the mu’azzins will have the “longest necks” on the Day of Qiyaamah.”
In this Hadith the literal meaning is not intended. Rather, the meaning of having “long necks” is that they will occupy distinct positions of honour. The first muazzin of Islam was Hadhrat Bilaal (Radhiallahu Anhu). His position in Islam is unique and exclusive on account of him being the first muazzin of Islam and the muazzin of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).
عن عبد الله بن عمر قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم ثلاثة على كثبان المسك أراه قال يوم القيامة يغبطهم الأولون والآخرون رجل ينادي بالصلوات الخمس في كل يوم وليلة ورجل يؤم قوما وهم به راضون وعبد أدى حق الله وحق مواليه (ترمذي رقم 2566)
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Three groups of people will be on mountains of musk (i.e. on the day of Qiyaamah), and the former and the latter people will envy their position. The first is that person who used to call out the azaan everyday for the five daily salaah. The second is that person who led the people in salaah while they were pleased with him (i.e. he fulfilled the obligation of salaah in its proper manner). The third is that slave who fulfilled the rights of Allah Ta’ala and the rights of his masters.