عن عبد الله بن عمر -رضي الله عنه- مرفوعاً: «إنَّ بِلالاً يُؤَذِّن بِلَيلٍ، فَكُلُوا واشرَبُوا حتَّى تَسمَعُوا أَذَان ابنِ أُمِّ مَكتُوم». [صحيح.] - [متفق عليه.] المزيــد ...
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him, said: "Bilaal calls the azan at night, so, eat and drink until you hear the azan called by Ibn Umm Maktoom."
The Prophet, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him, had two muezzins: Bilaal ibn Rabaah and ‘Abdullah ibn Umm Maktoom, who was blind. Bilaal, may Allah be pleased with him, used to make the azan for the Fajr prayer before the break of dawn, because this prayer occurs at the time of sleep and people need to get ready for it before its time. Hence, the Prophet, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him, notified his Companions that Bilaal, may Allah be pleased with him, would call the azan during the night, and ordered them to eat and drink until the break of dawn, when the second muezzin, ‘Abdullah ibn Umm Maktoom, may Allah be pleased with him, would call the second azan. This was addressed to whoever intended to fast. So, at that point a person should stop eating and drinking, since the time for prayer would start. This is specific to the Fajr prayer, as it is not permissible in any other prayer to call the azan before its due time starts. There is a difference in scholarly opinion concerning the first azan for the Fajr prayer: Is it sufficient, or is the second azan, which indicates the beginning of the prayer time, necessary? The majority of scholars are of the opinion that the first azan is permissible, but not sufficient.
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