Ad̲hān
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, “announcement”, a technical term for the call to the divine service of Friday and the five daily ṣalāts [see ṣalāt ].

According to Muslim tradition, the Prophet, soon after his arrival at Madīna (1 or 2 years after the Hid̲j̲ra), deliberated with his companions on the best manner of announcing to the faithful the hour of prayer. Some proposed that every time a fire should be kindled, a horn should be belown or nāḳūs (i.e. a long piece of wood clapped with another piece of wood; with such a nāḳūs the Christians in the East used at that time to announce the hour of prayer) should be…

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Juynboll, Th.W., “Ad̲hān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0302>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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