I was listening to a lecture about the special Ibaadah of Friday and one of the etiquettes was to listen to the Azan (the call to prayer) with concentration and to make dua after it. The scholar said that the logic behind this is that the Azan is a most blessed time. In fact this is the first step of the Salah. It is like Allah is calling you to pay attention to your reality. Because in our routine life we are so busy with our tasks that we forget that it is Allah who is enabling us to do things; and it is for Allah, that we are working; and it is Allah from whom we expect our reward. Thus Azan is the time when we are reminded of all these facts. But if during that time you keep talking or doing other things then how can you expect your heart to be attentive in Salah when you did not make it attentive on the first call?
The second thing is that no dua is rejected which is made right after Azan. We all have so many dreams, ambitions, goals. We want Allah to accept our duas and thus Allah has given us these special moments in which there is such a great chance to Ask Allah All that we want.
Since that day I have been applying this lesson and I have been amazed at the change in my attitude. For me Azan used to be a call to duty… a reminder that I “have to” leave my work now and “have to” pray Salah. But now it is a call for me to take a break from my work, to go to the window and look out at the creation of Allah, to listen to the echo of the beautiful words of Azan, to repeat them after the Mu’azzin, and to think about the One Who has given me everything, to visualize all my dreams and to believe that He can and He will make them true, if I remain true in my faith and commitment.
It is like every time my bond with Allah gets stronger and my hope in His mercy is enriched. Focus in Azan makes me focused in Salah too. And if at times I am too busy in some work, even if it is for Allah, and I miss Azan, I feel so sorry because it shows that I have given more preference to the work and ignored the call of the one who has given me the ability to work. Shaitan is ever ready to give us excuses and we are so eager to accept them but Allah is the Greatest with whose help and guidance we can choose what is good for us and what is not.
May Allah guide us all to the best use of all His blessings and make our hearts attentive to His call…