Reciting the Adhan in a Melodious Manner

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I recently saw a YouTube video of people singing with a daff drum, and I was inspired. I want to try and incorporate this style into my adhan. Would this be permissible?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

Reciting the adhan in a beautiful voice is permitted and recommended. Doing so in the manner of melody and song is disliked according to many scholars though some stated that the dislikedness only applies when it leads to a change in meaning or incorrect pronunciation. [Ibn `Abidin, Hashiya; Saffarini, Ghida’ al-Albab]

As such, I would advise you to be cautious when attempting to deliver the adhan in various styles that resemble song and to avoid it if you feel it will potentially lead to incorrect pronunciations.


Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani