How To Recite the Iqama

The second call to salah, also known as the Iqama, indicates that it’s time for the prayer to start.After the first call to prayer, which is called the Athan, the muezzin usually recites it.If you memorize the Iqama, you can say it alone or repeat it after a caller.

Step 1: To open the Iqama, start with Allahu Akbar.

“Allah is the greatest” is what Allahu Akbar means.The first call to prayer should be repeated twice.If you follow the Hanafi or Shi’a school of Islam, you will usually recite this 4 times instead of 2.

Step 2: To honor Allah, say “Ash-hadu Alla ilaha illallah”.

As you prepare to pray, bear in mind that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah.Say this line twice if you’re a Hanafi or Shi’a.

Step 3: State “Ash-hadu anna Muhamadan rasuulullah” to honor Muhammad.

I bear witness to the fact that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger.As a reminder, Muhammad is the final prophet who brought God’s teachings to earth.Say this twice if you’re a Hanafi or Shi’a.

Step 4: As a reminder to come to prayer, say “Hayya ‘alas Salaah”.

The congregation is called to pray because it means “come to the prayer”If you’re Hanafi or Shi’a, say this line twice.

Step 5: “Hayya ‘alal Falah” is a reminder of prayer.

“Come to prosperity or success” is a reminder that prayer and obeying Allah’s commands will help you improve yourself and become successful.If you’re Hanafi or Shi’a, you should get this twice.This line may be understood as Rush to Success because it’s sometimes interpreted as “rush to success.”

Step 6: It’s a good idea to remind people to pray.

“Prayer is to begin” is what “Qad qaamati Salaah” means.Everyone is told to line up for prayer.The congregation usually gets into their prayer position at this time.You don’t say this line if you’re not the person calling the Iqama.

Step 7: Say “Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar” in honor of Allah.

“Allaahu Akbar” means “Allah is the greatest” and means to honor Allah before the prayer and to remind yourself of the teachings of Islam.At the beginning and the end of the Iqama, you honor Allah.

Step 8: “Laa ilaaha illallah” is what you should finish the call to prayer with.

Say it to honor Allah and show your devotion.It’s time to pray because it completes the Iqama.

Step 9: When you’re praying in a congregation, make sure to include the Iqama.

The muezzin will lead the Iqama at your mosque.They can say it over a loud speaker.Prepare yourself for prayer by saying the call to prayer with them.If it’s traditional in your mosque, don’t repeat the line “Qad qaamati Salaah, Qad Qaamat Sala Ah”.The person leading the Iqama usually says this line, which means “Prayer is to begin.”Don’t say the Iqama with the caller.

Step 10: If you’re praying alone, say the call to prayer.

The Iqama reminds the congregation that it’s time for prayer, but it also reminds them of the teachings of Islam.It’s not required to recite the Iqama to yourself, but it is helpful for building good religious habits.If you prefer, you can include it in your private prayers.It’s best to recite the Iqama with someone else if they are praying with you.The most knowledgeable follower should lead the prayer.If both men and women are present, a male will lead the Iqama.

Step 11: During the Iqama, let your arms hang at your sides.

During the Athan, you usually raise your hands.During the Iqama, this isn’t necessary.Prepare yourself for prayer by keeping your arms straight.

Step 12: Attach it quickly and in a low voice.

The iqama is a quiet call to prayer.You can lower your voice into a chant.Say the prayer quickly and you will get into your prayer.If you’re in a mosque, follow the pace set by the muezzin.The Iqama slows down your prayer if you follow the Maliki school.