An Amazing Discovery on Azaan
By Farahnaz Khan (Indonesia)

An incredible medium for the proclamation of Tawheed (Oneness) of Almighty Allah and Risaalat (Universal Apostleship) of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam - SAWS) constantly echoes around the globe. Amazing though it sounds, but fortunately for the Muslims of the world, it is an established fact.

Have a look at a map of the world and you will find Indonesia (an Islamic country) right on the eastern side of the earth's central land mass. Indonesia consists of numerous small islands, the principle ones amongst them being Java, Sumatra,Borneo and Saibil, all of which are well known. It is the largest Islamic country in the world, with 180 million inhabitants. The number of non-Muslims here is negligible.

As soon as dawn breaks on the eastern side of Saibil, at approximately 5:30am local time, Fajar Azaan begins. Thousands of Muazzins (callers to prayer) in eastern Indonesia commence proclaiming the Tawheed of the Almighty, Omnipotent and Omniscient Allah and Risaalat of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). The process then continues and advances towards the Western Islands of Indonesia. The time difference between the eastern and western islands of Indonesia is one and a half hours.

Hence, one and a half hours after the Azaan has been completed in Saibil, it echoes in Jakarta on Java Island. Sumatra then follows suit and before this auspicious process of calling Azaan ends in Indonesia, it has already begun in Malaysia.

Burma is next in line, and within an hour of its commencement in Jakarta, it reaches Dacca, the capital city of Bangladesh. No sooner the calling of Azaan ends in Bangladesh, it has already prevailed in western India, from Calcutta to Srinagar. It then advances towards Bombay and the environment of entire India resounds with this august proclamation.

Srinagar and Sialkot (a city in north Pakistan) have the same timing for Azaan. The time difference between Sialkot, Quetta, Karachi and Gowadar city in Baluchistan (a province of Pakistan) is forty minutes, and within this time, Fajar Azaan is heard throughout Pakistan. Before it ends there, however, it has already begun in Afghanistan and Muscat. The time difference between Muscat and Baghdad(Iraq) is one hour. Azaan resounds during this one hour. In the environments of Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah(Saudi Arabia), Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iran and Iraq. The time difference between Baghdad and Alexandria in Egypt is again one hour. Azaan continues to resound in Iran, Syria, Egypt, Somalia and Sudan during this hour.

Alexandria and Istanbul are situated on the same geographical longitude. The time difference between eastern and western Turkey is one and a half hours, and during this time it is echoed with the call to prayer.

Alexandria and Tripoli (capital of Libya) are located at an hour difference from one another. The process of calling Azaan thus continues throughout the whole of Africa. Therefore, the proclamation of the Oneness of Allah and the Prophethood of Muhammad (SAWS) that had begun in the eastern islands of Indonesia reaches the Eastern Shore of the Atlantic Ocean after nine and a half hours. Prior to the Azaan reaching the shores of the Atlantic, the process of Zohar Azaan has already commenced in eastern Indonesia, and before it reaches Dacca, Asar Azaan has started. This has hardly reached Jakarta one and half hours later, and then the time of Maghrib becomes due, and no sooner has Maghrib time reached Sumatra, then the time for calling Isha Azaan has commenced in Saibil. When the Muazzins of Indonesia are calling out Fajar Azaan, the Muazzins in Africa are calling out the Azaan for Isha. If we were to ponder over this phenomenon seriously and studiously, we would conclude the amazing fact that there is not a single moment when thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Muazzins around the world are not proclaiming the Oneness of Almighty Allah and the Apostleship of the noble Prophet (SAWS) on the surface of this earth. Inshah Allah! This universal and continuous calling of the Azaan shall not cease until the Day of the Judgement; we should all make necessary effort and du'a for the same.

A translation of the Call to Prayer is:

Allah is the most great. Allah is the most great.
Allah is the most great. Allah is the most great.

I testify that there is no God except Allah.
I testify that there is no God except Allah.

I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah
I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah

Come to prayer! Come to prayer!
Come to success (in the life and the hereafter)! Come to Success!

Allah is most great. Allah is most great.
There is no God except Allah.