English translation of Maktubat Imam Rabbani (selective 100) | Mujaddid Alf sani | Sheikh Ahmad sirhindi
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This letter (by hadrat Imam-i Rabbani), written for Muazzin Hajji Yusuf, explains the meaning in the words of adhan:
Be it known t hat there are seven [with repetitions, fifteen] words in the adhan: [Azan (or Adhan) means to say and hear these fifteen words. These words are not heard when the adhan is said melodiously through an amplifier. It turn= s into an unintelligible, humming sound. Thus, an amplifier annihilates the adhan rather than help its performance].
ALLAHU AKBAR: Allahu ta'ala is great. He needs nothing. He is so great that He does not need the worships of His slaves. Worships are of no benefit to Him. In order to settle this well in minds, this word is repeated four times. [The first and th ird 'r' sounds are made jazm or wasl and read in the form of 'ra'.]
ASH'HADU AN LA ILAHA IL-LAL-LAH: Though owing to His greatness He does not need any one's worship, I bear witness and certainly believe that none besides Him is worthy of being worshipped. Nothing is like Him.
ASH'HADU A NNA MUHAMMADAN RASULULLAH: I bear witness and believe that hadrat Muhammad 'alaihi wa alalihissalatu wa sallam' is the Prophet sent by Him, that he is the communicant of the way of the worships liked by Him, that only t hose worships communicated and shown by him are worthy of Allahu ta'ala. HAYYA'ALASSALAH-HAYYA'ALALFALAH: These are the two words inviting believers to the namaz, which brings happiness and salvation.
ALLAHU AKBAR: No one could manage the worship worthy of Him. He is so great, so far fro m anybody's worship being worthy of Him or suitable for Him.
LA ILAHA I L-LAL-LAH: He, alone, has the right to be worshipped, for us to humiliate ourselves before. Along with the fact that no one can do the worship worthy of Him, no one besides Him is worthy of being worshipped.
Greatness of the honor in the namaz can be understood from the greatness of these words selected for inviting everybody to the namaz.
A Persian line in English:
How prolific the year will be is predictable by its spring.
O our Allah! Include us among those who perform namaz as You like them to. Amin.
[It is written in the tafsir book Sawi, in the tafsir of the Surat-ul-inshirah, "Allahu ta'ala declared, 'I raise your name in the East and the West, all over the world'." = When we travel one degree of longitude toward the west, the times of namaz fall four minutes back. Every twenty-eight kilometers westward carries the time of the same namaz one minute backward and the adhan is repeated . Thus, every moment, all over the world the adhan is being called and the name of Muhammad alaihissalam is being heard everywhere, every moment. It is written in the explanation of Shir'at-ul-Islam, "When someone came to hadrat Abdullah ibni 'Umar and said, 'I like you very much for Allah's sake,' he answered, 'And for Allah's sake I don't like you at all, because you say the adhan melodiously like singing.' "]