How had he used to give the adhaan when he was blind? This is a
question which naturally occurs to some people. So ¹mr ibn Umm
Maktoom used to climb upon the roof of the mosque, and he could not see
the dawn, but he would wait until someone passing by saw the dawn. So
when someone saw that the dawn had appeared and spread across the
horizon, then they would say to him, It is morning. It is morning. Then he
would give the Adhaan.
So you will notice here that the Adhaan of 'Amr ibn Umm Maktoom
was after the Fajr had appeared, and had been seen by the people
whilst they were walking in the streets. So the when it was said
to him, "It is morning. It is morning," he would give the
So therefore there is latitude in the affair, since the
muadhdhin would be delayed in giving the Adhaan until he heard the
people telling him, "It is morning, it is morning." And then
Allaah¹s Messenger, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, said,
"If one of you hears the call to Prayer and the vessel is in his hand,
then let him not put it down until he has fulfilled his need from
So Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, spoke truly when He said at the end
of those Aayahs relating to Fasting:
Allaah desires to make things easy for you, and He does not desire
to make things difficult for you.
And that you should complete the number of days, and that you
should glorify Allaah by mentioningtakbeer for His having guided
you, and that you should be thankful.
So therefore from the Fiqh that is to be criticised, and
which runs contrary to this Sunnah, is that a person says, "If
someone hears the Adhaan and has some food in his mouth, then he
must spit it out." So this is over strictness, and
(ghuluww) exceeding the limits in the Religion, and the Lord of all of
the creation admonished us, and reminded us, in His Book and in the
Sunnah of His Prophet, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, that we
should not exceed the due limits in our Religion. So He said, in the
O people of the Book! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, and
do not say anything about Allaah except the truth.
And our Messenger sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, said to us,
or he, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, said, "Beware of
(ghuluww) exceeding the limits in the Religion. Because those who came
before you were destroyed by their exceeding the limits in their
So when Allaah¹s Messenger, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam,
has made it clear to us that there is in the matter of a persons taking
suhoor, latitude and a margin of ease, to the extent that he
said, "If one of you hears the call to Prayer whilst the vessel is
in his hand, then let him not put it down until he has completed his
need from it."
So it is opposition to Allaah and to the Messenger that a person
says that one who hears the adhaan whilst he has food in his mouth
must spit it out upon the ground. This is not from the Sunnah.
Rather this is contrary to the Sunnah, and is contrary to the
clear command of the Messenger, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam,.
And I have been asked many times, so I will not leave the need for such
a question, but rather I will precede you in it, by stating that this
hadeeth is to be found in some of the most famous books of the
Sunnah. From them being the Sunan of Aboo Daawood, and
it is the third book from the well-known six books. The first of
which is Saheehul-Bukhaaree, the second being Saheeh
Muslim, and the third being the Sunan of Aboo Daawood.
This hadeeth is to be found in it, and it is likewise reported
by Aboo Abdullaah al-Haakim in his Mustadrak, and it is likewise
reported by the Imaam, the Imaam of the Sunnah Ahmad ibn Hanbal,
rahimahullaah, in his tremendous book known as the Musnad
of Imaam Ahmad.
So the hadeth is not a strange hadeeth, rather it is a
well-known hadeeth, and was reported by the Imaams of the
sunnah in the early times, and with an authentic chain of narration.
So here I say, to conclude this talk, since perhaps some of you have
questions, which we will answer if Allaah wills, so I conclude it with
his, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, saying "Allaah loves
that His allowances be acted upon just as He loves that His prescribed
duties be carried out," and in one narration, "Just as
He hates that disobedience to Him be committed."
So there are two narrations, "Allaah loves that His allowances
be acted upon just as He loves that His prescribed duties be carried
out", and the second narration is, " as He hates that
disobedience to Him be committed."
So therefore the Muslim should not practice false piety, and (as a
result) refrain from obeying the Prophet, sallallaahu alaihi wa
sallam, in that which he encouraged us upon and clarified to us.
And what has been said is sufficient, and all praise is for Allaah, the
Lord of all of the creation."