Saturday, September 24, 2011

Azaan: An Amazing Phenomenon‏

"And certainly We have made the Quran easy to understand" [54:17] Amazing as it sounds, but fortunately for the Muslims of the world, it is anestablished fact. Have a look at a map of the world and you will find Indonesia on theeastern side of the earth. The major cities of Indonesia are Java, Sumatra, Borneo andSaibil. As soon as dawn breaks on the eastern side of Saibil, at approximately 5:30 amlocal time, Fajar Azaan begins. Thousands of Muazzins in Indonesia begin reciting theAzaan.The process advances towards West Indonesia. One and a half hours after the Azaan hasbeen completed in Saibil, it echoes in Jakarta. Sumatra then follows suit and beforethis auspicious process of calling Azaan ends in Indonesia, it has already begun inMalaysia.Burma is next in line, and within an hour of its beginning in Jakarta, it reachesDacca, the capital city of Bangladesh. After Bangladesh, it has already prevailed inwestern India, from Calcutta to Srinagar. It then advances towards Bombay and theenvironment of entire India resounds with this proclamation. Srinagar and Sialkot (acity in north Pakistan) have the same timing for Azaan. The time difference betweenSialkot, Quetta, and Karachi is forty minutes, and within this time, Fajar Azaan isheard throughout Pakistan. Before it ends there, it has already begun in Afghanistanand Muscat. The time difference between Muscat and Baghdad is one hour. Azaan resoundsduring this one hour in the environments of Hijaaz-e-Muqaddas (Holy cities of Makkahand Madinah), Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq.The time difference between Baghdad and Alexandria in Egypt is again one hour. Azaancontinues to resound in Syria, Egypt, Somalia and Sudan during this hour. The timedifference between eastern and western Turkey is one and a half hours, and during thistime it is echoed with the call to prayer.Alexandria and Tripoli (capital of Libya) are located at one hour's difference. Theprocess of calling Azaan thus continues throughout the whole of Africa. Therefore, theproclamation of the Tawheed and Risaalat that had begun in Indonesia reaches theEastern Shore of the Atlantic Ocean after nine and half hours. Prior to the Azaanreaching the shores of the Atlantic, the process of Zohar Azaan has already started ineast Indonesia, and before it reaches Dacca, Asar Azaan has started. This has hardlyreached Jakarta one and half hours later, the time of Maghrib becomes due, and nosooner has Maghrib time reached Sumatra, the time for calling Isha Azaan has commencedin Saibil! When the Muazzins of Indonesia are calling out Fajar Azaan, the AfricanMuazzins are calling the Azaan for Isha.If we were to ponder over this phenomenon thoughtfully, we would conclude the amazingfact that there is not even a single moment when hundreds of thousands of Muazzinsaround the world are not reciting the Azaan on the surface of this earth. Even as youread this material right now, you can be sure there are atleast thousands of peoplewho are hearing and reciting the Azaan!!!

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