Call to Prayer

Adhan from around the world

Salat is the name for the obligatory prayers which are performed five times a day, and are a direct link between the worshipper and God. There is no hierarchical authority in Islam, and no priests, so the prayers are led by a learned person who knows the Quran, chosen by the congregation. These five prayers contain verses from the Quran, and are said in Arabic, the language of the Revelation, but personal supplication can be offered in one's own language.

Prayers are said at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and nightfall, and thus determine the rhythm of the entire day. Although it is preferable to worship together in a mosque, a Muslim may pray almost anywhere, such as in fields, offices, factories and universities. Visitors to the Muslim world are struck by the centrality of prayers in daily life.

The Adhan or Call to Prayer is called out by a muezzin from the mosque five times a day, traditionally from the minaret, summoning Muslims for mandatory (fard) worship (salat). The main purpose behind the multiple loud pronouncements of Adhan in every mosque is to make available to everyone an easily intelligible summary of Islamic belief. In modern times, loudspeakers have been installed on minarets for this purpose.

A translation of the Call to Prayer is:

God is most great. God is most great.
God is most great. God is most great.
I testify that there is no god except God.
I testify that there is no god except God.
I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of God.
I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of God.
Come to prayer! Come to prayer!
Come to success (in this life and the Hereafter)!
Come to success!
God is most great. God is most great.
There is no god except God.

Enjoy this collection of beautiful Adhan from around the world.

Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca - Saudi Arabia
Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca - Saudi Arabia

Adhan from Mecca


The Prophet
The Prophet's Mosque in Madina - Saudi Arabia

Adhan from Madina


Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Adhan from Jerusalem (Al-Aqsa Mosque)


Umayad Mosque in Damascus - Syria
Umayad Mosque in Damascus - Syria

Adhan from Syria 1

Adhan from Syria 2


Blue Mosque in Istanbul - Turkey
Blue Mosque in Istanbul - Turkey

Adhan from Turkey 1

Adhan from Turkey 2

Adhan from Turkey 3


Grand Mosque in Kuwait
Grand Mosque in Kuwait
Credit: ALJURYED

Adhan from Kuwait


University of al-Karaouine - Morocco
View of Fes, Morocco, showing University of al-Karaouine in Fes, Morocco (the oldest continually operating university in the world).

Adhan from Fes - Morocco


Mosque in Cairo - Egypt
Al-Sayeda Nafeesah Mosque in Cairo - Egypt

Adhan from Cairo - Egypt

Adhan from Cairo - Egypt - Woman Voice - Mai Kamal


Malacca Mosque - Malaysia
Malacca Mosque - Malaysia
Source: Pexels

Adhan from Malaysia


Mosque in Mostar - Bosnia
Mosque in Mostar - Bosnia
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Adhan from Bosnia

The Guibord Center in Los Angeles - United States
Abdulwahab Ben Youcef leads the call to prayer for an interfaith service at The Guibord Center in Los Angeles.
Courtesy: Abdulwahab Benyoucef

Adhan from Los Angeles - USA


Adhan from Kosovo

Adhan from South Africa

Adhan from Stockholm


Adhan Unknown 1

Adhan Unknown 2

Adhan Unknown 3