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Subject : It is Desirable to Call Athaan in the Ear of the Newborn

Fatwa Number : 765

Date : 08-06-2010

Classified : Rulings on the New-Born

Fatwa Type : Search Fatawaa

Question :

A dispute took place at the Masjid, where I pray, regarding the validity of calling Athaan (call to prayer) in the ear of the newborn. Some said that it is a wrong practice which people are accustomed to; however, I know that it is among the acts of Sunnah. Could you clarify the ruling of Sharia on this with providing the evidence?

The Answer :

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of The Worlds, and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

According to authentic Sunnah, it is desirable to call Athaan in the ear of the newborn as indicated in the Hadith narrated by Abu Rafi': "I saw the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) uttering the call to prayer (Adhan) in the ear of al-Hasan ibn Ali when Fatimah gave birth to him." {Atirmizi graded it as Hasan}. Moreover, it was narrated that this act of Sunnah was narrated by the righteous predecessors, such as Omar Bin Abd al-Aziz, as stated in the book [Mosanaf Abdulrazaak].

Consequently, Shafie jurists have stated that saying Athaan in the ear of the newborn is desirable, and this opinion was approved by the Hanbalie jurists, and was quoted by the Hanfie jurists from the Shafies. Ibn Abdeen stated: "We share this opinion because it is backed by an authentic Hadith. Therefore, any scholar can adopt it." {Rad al-Mohtar}. And Allah Knows Best.



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