Home » Shafi'i Fiqh » Seekersguidance.org » When Performing Them Alone, Is It Sunna to Say the Calls-to-Prayer (Adhan and Iqama) before Make-Up Prayers?

When Performing Them Alone, Is It Sunna to Say the Calls-to-Prayer (Adhan and Iqama) before Make-Up Prayers?

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


When performing them alone, is it sunna to say the Calls-to-Prayer (adhan and iqama) before make-up prayers?


In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Merciful. Salutations are upon our master and exemplar (Allah bless him and give him peace). May Allah guide every aspect of our lives to that which pleases Him, amin.

It is always Sunna (recommended) to say the Calls-to-Prayer (adhan and iqama), even when alone and performing make-up prayers (qada), and Allah knows best.

Even When Alone

The call to prayer (adhan) and call to commence (iqama) are two sunnas (recommendations) for the prescribed prayers, even when praying alone or in the second group to pray (in a mosque, for example), such that there is public cognizance (of both the call to prayer and to commence, whether in a large or small town). [Keller, Reliance of the Traveller]

Should One Raise the Voice?

When praying alone in a mosque where a group has already prayed, one does not raise one’s voice in giving the call to prayer, though one raises it if no group has yet prayed.

When Making up More than One Prescribed Prayer

When making up one or more missed prescribed prayers, one gives the call to prayer only for the first (in the series) but gives the call to commence for each one.

I pray that this is beneficial and that Allah forgives our shortcomings.

[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan. 

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.

This answer was collected from Seekersguidance.org. It’s an online learning platform overseen by Sheikh Faraz Rabbani. All courses are free. They also have in-person classes in Canada.

Read answers with similar topics: