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Saudi Muazzen dies just after finishing prayer call
Sunday August 24, 2014 12:19 PM, Agencies

A Muazzen (prayer caller) died just after he finished Azaan (prayers call) and climbed down the podium at a mosque in Saudi Arabia.


Muslims gathering for prayers were shocked when Sheikh Radad Al Zidani collapsed just as he walked down the podium and headed to lead them for the prayers at the mosque in the Western town of Taif on Friday, Sabq daily said.

'Azaan' or 'Adhaan' - the call to prayers is regarded as a very noble cause, and a Muazzen (prayer caller) is also one of the most respected lots among the Muslims.

Dying after call to prayers is also considered as auspicious.

Azaan is called out by a Muazzen from the mosque five times a day, traditionally from the minaret, summoning Muslims for mandatory (fard) worship (salat).

A second call, known as Iqama, (set up) then summons Muslims to line up for the beginning of the prayers.

It is intended to bring to the mind of every believer and non-believer the substance of Islamic beliefs, or its spiritual ideology. In modern times, loudspeakers have been installed on minarets for this purpose.

The Azaan sums up the Shahada, the statement of faith: There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God. This statement of faith, called the Kalimah, is the first of the Five Pillars of Islam.

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