Is it necessary to close the ears with fingers while making adhan(call to prayer)?

I have one more question on this topic.

What about turning the head right and left when saying hayyaa alas salah and falah?

Please provide some references.

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Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktuh,

Narrated Awn Ibn Abu Juhaifa

"My father said, I saw Bilal turning his face from side to side while pronouncing the Adhan for the prayer."

Sahih al-Bukhari

"I saw the movement of his mouth from this side to that side upon saying "Hayya 'alas-salah" and "Hayya 'alal-falah."

[Musnad Ahmad]

"I saw Bilal calling the Adhan, and turning, and his (face) was following here and there, and his (index) fingers were in his ears"

Jami at-Tirmidhi

It is Sunnah to turn slightly to the right upon declaring ‘Hayya alas-Salaah’ and to the left upon declaring ‘Hayya alal-Falaah’ during the adhan and the iqamah; but if for any reason one forgets or does not do so, the ‘Adhan’ will still be valid.

And Allah alone knows best

Wa assalam

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    nice answer but only a part of the question is answered
    – Ashu
    Apr 13, 2013 at 16:09
  • @Ashu - Which part was not answered?
    – Abu Arkaan
    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:35
  • +1, pls add answer about closing the ears during adhan Apr 15, 2013 at 5:04
  • @Muslim - The answer would be the same as the 'turning'. It is a Sunnah but not fard (as it's not stated anywhere that it is a must). And Allah knows best. May Allah grant you goodness, ameen.
    – Abu Arkaan
    Apr 15, 2013 at 16:43

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