Hadith on Adhan: Establishment of the Islamic Call to Prayer

📖Sahih Muslim 377
Ibn Umar reported: When the Muslims came to Medina, they gathered and sought to know the time of prayer but no one summoned them. One day they discussed the matter, and some of them said: Use something like the bell of the Christians and some of them said: Use horn like that of the Jews. Umar said: Why may not a be appointed who should call (people) to prayer? The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: O Bilal, get up and summon (the people) to prayer.

  • This hadith is about how the early Muslims in Medina discussed different ways to call people to prayer. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) then appointed Bilal to be the person to call people to prayer, and this became the Islamic call to prayer that is still used today. The hadith emphasizes the importance of prayer in Islam and how the early Muslim community worked together to establish a system for calling people to prayer.