Azaan – calling to prayer

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah,

The recent global events and events in my own life and in that of my circle of brothers and sisters, whether known ‘virtually’ or ‘in-person’ (Sendie, here’s a call out to you, I hope you’re fine) has made it a quiet time. A time of reflection and renewing, of one’s purpose and one’s plan to live and thrive in this world without becoming damaged or bitter. Truly, God does test those He loves and truly God does come to the aid of those He tests when they call out to Him, and Truly God does not place a burden on any soul greater than it can bear. References for these statements by Allah, the One and Only Creator below;

Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said,”When is the help of Allah ?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.
Quran (2:214)

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.
Quran (2:186)

Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
Quran (2:286)

The last ayah (verse or better translated as ‘sign’, as each verse in the Quran is considered a ‘sign’ of the miracle of God), is the one which ends the longest chapter in the Quran (chapter 2), and indeed after the statement that God does not lay a burden on anyone greater than that soul can bear, God guides us to how to bear whatever we do have to bear – bear it by asking God to help you with it! For indeed Allah loves to hear the call of his creation and loves to answer that call.

This is a time when our patience is being tested in deep ways. We are bleeding at the disrespect they cause to our beloved prophet (peace be upon his gentle and exalted soul!) and saddened by their ignorance. May God guide us all to light!

Muhammed (peace be upon him) himself was taunted by much much much worse numerous times in his life. He never retaliated. One very telling short hadith gives us a glimpse of his attitude, at a time when they twisted his name to make fun of him, look at with what good character, light-heartedness and wisdom he replies;

Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 56, Number 733:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “Doesn’t it astonish you how Allah protects me from the Quraish’s abusing and cursing? They abuse Mudhammam and curse Mudhammam while I am Muhammad (and not Mudhammam)”

The Makkans made fun of the Prophet (PBUH) by twisting his name because of its meaning being “The one deserving of praise” , and calling him Mudhammam (belittled one).

I leave you with a beautiful clip from a recent CelebrateMercy event. I urge you all to check out the celebratemercy website if you have not already. It is dedicated to the prophet, the prophet who was sent for all mankind, not just for arabs, not just for the 7th century, but for all people and all time.

And I leave you with two beautiful azans, one from the grant mosque in Medina, the city of the prophet and the other from a young muazzin (one who calls the azan) in Los Angeles, presented at a beautiful interfaith event in a Church.

Peace to all, as Muhammed (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his family!!) taught us to say and live. Peace to all

2 thoughts on “Azaan – calling to prayer

  1. I am well, thank you so much my sister. I have read your respond over and over, I even save it on my desktop at work so I can keep on reading it when I’m down. However, each time I try to type something in respond, I just broke down and cry. (let see if I get to finish this). Each and every words you type speak the truth of what I already know, and I feel so ashamed for forgetting Allah promise, for being mad at Allah and also I feel so blessed and humble that you took the time to help me, to remind me of the beauty of what Allah has promised to us who believe. I can’t believe how shallow my faith is. and I’m embarrased. Its just that I don’t think its fair – of course that’s my opinion, I know Allah knows best. I miss my dad so much that I took my anger out to Allah. My dad pass away just fes days before Ramadhan start, as tradition we calls or visit relatives and family to ask for forgiveness before entering the holy month. I call all of my uncles and family and somehow I keep on postpone calling my dad thinking “there’s still time” little that I know, that exactly what I don’t have, time. I feel so guilty that I never got a change to ask for forgiveness, I never got a change to say stuff I wanted to say…… I just got so wrapped up in that feeling that I forgot what I should’ve remember.
    Somehow I also feel so weak and powerless. I feel like the one man, the one person who loves me unconditionally and protect me has gone and leave me. I just feel so lonely and scared. I forgot that I still have Allah who will be there for me and watch over me.
    There are still so many mixed emotions, but I can slowly accept my dad passing and trust Allah that this is the best, I may not know His reason, but I need to trust Him and all is what best for us.
    Thank you so much for holding my hands through this. May Allah bless you and your family always.


  2. My dearest sister Sendie, thank you for sharing this, I am deeply honored and feel very overwhelmed at realizing how Allah brings people together. For see, you and I have never seen each other and we do not know if we will ever meet, but over this internet (something who would have thought would exist even 20 years ago!) we have come together or rather Allah has joined the hearts when help is needed. I love visiting your blog and the sunshine and love you share through it. Truly then, if Allah created mothers and fathers, how immense must be the source of all this, the one Love that is the source of all love and care. I am very very happy to hear you are slowly healing. What happened is indeed very hard to bear. But think that you know, you had those beautiful weeks with you Dad visiting…how blessed to have that and I am sure there are somethings among family members there is no need to say. I am sure his forgiveness was there for you even without you needing to ask it. You father would only want you to run to Allah to be closer to him by this test, so don’t feel any despair. It is okay to cry and feel week, vulnerable and helpless, even frustrated. But don’t let the only enemy we all have, the shayateen use that to blind you to Allah’s mercy and love. You are very blessed indeed to have the father you had. It is an immense blessing. And it is a great blessing his passing was good, for that is something we all pray for, and at such a blessed time too. May Allah lead you to light upon light upon light and don’t be hard on yourself…that too is a trick of the shayateen… (! they really are very cunning) keep you away from your Lord. We are all weak and we are all forgetful. Allah says He created the human weak and forgetful, so don’t feel badly about it :). And Allah also said, the heavens nor the earth can contain Him, but the heart of His believing devotee can contain Him! the human heart is an immense ocean, and only Allah knows it. He knows your heart better than you know it yourself. You are in very safe hands. God is only good so there is no fear. Thank you so much for your prayers for me and my family, please keep us in your du’a these blessed days of Hajj and my prayers are with you too! Much love. Assalamu alaikum wa rahma Allah
    PS – I wanted to reply before but have been traveling much, please forgive my shortcomings. You have been in my thoughts


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