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Azaan for a newborn

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Nasihah (Advice): Azaan in the ears of a child


Ubaidullah bin Abi Rafi Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that his father said: “I saw Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam say the Azaan in the ear of Al-Hasan bin ‘Ali – when he was born to Fatimah – the Azaan of Salaah (Radhiyallahu Anhuma).” (Tirmidhi)




Question and Answer:


  1. How should one give Azaan in the ears of a new born baby?


  1. When a child is born, the Azaan and Iqaamah should be called out in the ears of a child. The Azaan should be called out in the right ear of the child and the Iqaamah should be called out in the left ear of the child. This should, preferably, be done after the child has been cleaned and given a bath.


At the time of calling out the Azaan and Iqaamah in the ears of a child, the child may be held in one’s hands. It is Mustahab (preferable) to face the Qiblah in doing so. However, it is not necessary. It is also not necessary to keep the fingers in the ears, turn to the right and left or call out the Azaan loudly as is normally the case.


The Azaan should be called out at a slow pace and the Iqaamah should be called out at a moderate pace to differentiate between Azaan and Iqaamah. It may be given standing or sitting. If there is a delay for some reason, the Azaan and Iqaamah should not be left out and it should be done at a later stage. (Fataawa Darul Uloom Zakariyyah 6/503)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Ebrahim Desai


(Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh) 


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