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.


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

  • 1
    nice answer but only a part of the question is answered
    – Ashu
    Apr 13 '13 at 16:09
  • @Ashu - Which part was not answered?
    – Abu Arkaan
    Apr 14 '13 at 11:35
  • +1, pls add answer about closing the ears during adhan Apr 15 '13 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 '13 at 16:43

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