Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan on the First Adhaan of ’Uthmaan

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[Q]: And this questioner asks: What is the validity of the statement that the adhaan (call to Prayer) of ’Uthmaan (radiyallaahu ’anhu) is an innovation or misguidance?

[A]: This itself is the innovation.  The one who says such speech, it is the innovation.  The Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,

“Hold fast to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Caliphs.” [1]

Was ’Uthmaan not from the Rightly Guided Caliphs?  ’Uthmaan, was he not from the Rightly Guided Caliphs?  Was he not the third Caliph?  Fine.

Therefore, whatever he commanded with is a Sunnah.  The first adhaan is a Sunnah.  It is like the first adhaan that occurs before the Fajr Prayer.  This is a Sunnah because it awakens the people.  ’Uthmaan commanded it when he saw that the people had become pre-occupied with their farming and their businesses, in order that they would be notified about the Jumu’ah Prayer and prepare for it.  So it became a Sunnah.  However, this individual does not know the Sunnah from the bid’ah (innovation).  Whatever he does not know, then he considers it innovation.  Yes.

[1]: Saheeh: Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 4443), at-Tirmidhee (no. 2815), ad-Daarimee in his Sunan (no. 96) and Ahmad in al-Musnad (4/126-127).  It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no. 2549).

Translation by Maaz Qureshi

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