Hadith Regarding the Iqamah
  • Question:

    Could you provide the Hadiths that indicates, when Iqamah is called, that each of the wordings can be repeated twice. For example: like in the Adhaan. Please provide the reference of the hadith book and any other details for the evidence.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    There are several references in the authentic hadith for the words in the "iqamah" to be repeated twice. This method of calling the iqamah has been preferred and adopted by the Hanafi school. It may also be noteworthy to mention that this was also the practise of numerous companions (ra). The Maliki school prefers the repetition of the 'Allahu Akbars' twice at the beginning and also at the end of the iqamah.

    The Shafie and Hanbali schools only pronounce the words of iqamah once.

    As per your query, here below are some of the references denoting the words of iqamah to be repeated twice:

    1. "Abu Mahdhurah (ra) narrates that the Prophet (pbuh) taught him the iqamah with seventeen words" (Tirmidhi & Abu Dawood)

    2. Abdur Rahman Ibn Abi Layla (ra) says, the companions of Muhammad (pbuh) stated that Abdullah Ibn Zaid Alansari (ra) came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said, "O Prophet of Allah (pbuh) I seen in a dream a man stood clad in green garments, standing on a wall, he gave the adhan repeating the words twice and thereafter he gave the iqamah, saying the words twice." (Ibn Abi Shaybah)

    3. Abdullah Ibn Zaid Alansari (ra) saw the adhan in a dream and came to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and informed him. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ordered, "Teach it to Bilal (ra)". Thus Bilal (ra) gave the adhan repeating the words of the adhan twice and gave the iqamah repeating the words of the iqamah twice. (Tahawi)

    4. Abdullah Ibn Zaid (ra) says, "I heard the adhan of Allah's Prophet (pbuh), his (Prophet's) adhan and iqamah were such that the words were repeated twice". (Tirmidhi, Nasai, Saheeh Abu Awaanah, Darami)

    5. Abu Mahdhurah (ra) says, "The Prophet of Allah (pbuh) taught him the iqamah with seventeen words as follows; Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Ashhadu Al La Ilaha Illallah, Ashhadu Al La Ilaha Illallah, Ashhadu Anna Muhammadar Rasoolullah, Ashhadu Anna Muhammadar Rasoolullah, Hayya Alas Salah, Hayya Alas Salah, Hayya Alal Falah, Hayya Alal Falah, Qad Qa Matis Salah, Qad Qa Matis Salah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha Illallah". (Ibn Majah, Abu Dawood, Aathaarus Sunan)

    6. Aswad Ibn Yazeed (ra) narrates that, Bilal (ra) repeated the words of the adhaan twice and also repeated the words of the Iqamah twice. (Musannaf Abdur Razzaq, Tahawee, Daru Qutnee)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah institute
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