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Which Azaan does one reply to when there are multiple Azaans


Nasihah (Advice): Be vigilant of the whispers of Shaitaan during Salaah


Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “When the call for Salaah (Azaan) is pronounced, Shaitaan flees and passes wind so that he does not hear the Azaan. When the call (Azaan) is completed, he returns and again flees when the Iqaamah is pronounced and after its completion he returns again till he whispers into the heart of the person (to divert his attention from his Salaah) and makes him remember things which he does not recall and that causes him to forget how many (Rak’ats) he has performed.” (Bukhari)




Question and Answer:


  1. In Istanbul, Turkey, the Azaan is called out almost at once from several Masjids. One can hear about five to six Azaans being called out at once. This happens in Durban too. Which Azaan should one reply to? Is it compulsory to reply to all the Azaans being called out?



  1. A person should respond to the first Azaan of his/her Masjid or another Masjid from where he/she hears the Azaan being called out. It is not necessary to respond to all the Azaans being called out. (Halabi Sawgheer 1/94)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


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Mufti Ebrahim Desai


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