The Adhan: The Muslim Call to Prayer

Jun 18

The Adhan: The Muslim Call to Prayer

The Muslim call to prayer heard five times a day in the Muslim world is known as the Adhan.

Personally, I find the Adhan hauntingly beautiful. It’s eerie with a hint of sadness and yet it evokes a deep sense of longing. Often, it makes me want to weep. No wonder it is a sacred and powerful call to prayer for Muslims around the world.

The Adhan is recited (sung) by the muezzin, a man designated to offer the call to prayer five times daily. Traditionally, the muezzin climbs to the pinnacle of the minaret, one of the towers at the mosque, to deliver the call to prayer as a summons to the entire city. The need for a strong voice has been offset by use of microphones and speaker systems in many places.

If you’ve never heard the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer, then watch this stunning video. The subtle warble to the Adhan is a skill not easily mastered, I’m sure.

 

 

Muslims stop what they are doing to offer prayers five times a day. A call to prayer rings out from the minaret (spire) of the mosque to notify the entire city it is time to pause for prayer.

As Christians, we don’t have such religious formalities. We pray whenever we feel like it. The trouble is, maybe we don’t “feel like it” often enough to really make a difference in our lives or in the lives of others. In fact, Muslims often point out that they never see Christians pray so they believe we don’t take our faith seriously.

What could happen if we prayed for Muslims five times a day for thirty days? That’s 150 prayers for Muslims to come to know Jesus as Savior. We would be praying no less than they are. And praying 150 prayers for Muslims would certainly move God to break the chains that bind them and remove the lies that blind them. We might never know how many lives were changed simply by praying 150 prayers in 30 days.

Just as the Muslims respond to their call to prayer, let us likewise respond to God’s call to prayer.

 


 

Five Prayers for Muslims

Muslims pray five times a day so I’m offering five prayers for you to pray with me.

Lord, I ask you to . . .

  • Let your light shine on the hearts of Muslims who are seeking answers. Light the way in their hearts for them to know how to get from where they are to a relationship with you.
  • Give Muslims a restless heart that will not be satisfied until it finds rest in you.
  • Bless Muslims according to your will so they will recognize your divine favor as a means of drawing them toward you.
  • Let the enemies of the cross be struck by the futility of fighting against you.
  • Smother Muslims with your love so they will see the difference between their religious rituals and a vibrant relationship with the God who calls us His friends.

Ask God how He wants you to pray for Muslims and what more He wants you to do.