ADHAN, ESSENTIALLY, KNOCKS ON THE CONSCIENCE

Commentary of Al-Quran
Tafsir of Imam W.D. Mohammed

The Muslim community should be a dynamic community rising up to every challenge. Our call to prayer, the Adhan, essentially means that which knocks on the conscience. It is designed or formed to get our awareness, to get our attention. We give the call five times, daily, to make the Muslims aware of their concerns. And our most important concern is to be worshippers of G_d and to respond to Him as He ordered us. On Friday, when the call to prayer is made, we are told by G_d to leave off the worldly and business concerns and respond to Him and the Jumu’ah (Congregational) Prayer. When the prayer is concluded, we are to return to those things concerned with building and sustaining the life of society.

If we understand this religion, we are in a good situation. Those who profess to be Muslims but do not understand their religion cannot be in a good situation. Muslims must understand what is fundamentally and essentially their religion. They must understand the major concerns and then make efforts to assert and exert themselves to carry out the obligations of Muslims, in this religion, in their homes, and to their neighborhoods.

JUMU’AH PRAYER REPRESENTS THE TIME OF THE RISING OF THE INTELLECT, OR THE CULTURAL LIFE

Supper is the time when the light of knowledge is not to be seen

That is why the Jumu’ah Prayer is at that time, because it represents that time representing the rising of the intellect, or the rising of the cultural life, where the light is highest and it is spreading the farthest. This is also the meal. What is the meal in this world? Supper. What time of day is that? When the light is gone. You make your own connections. I do not have to say anything behind that. This world has a Last Supper, the last supper at a time when the light is not be seen; and I bear witness that they sure did not show us any light in America!

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