|Using Adhan for Cell Phone Ring Tone and Alarm Clock|
By Mufti Hussain
Q) There are many different ring tones, the majority of which are
musical and therefore disliked by Islam. However, what is the ruling about
downloading the adhan and setting it as a ring tone? Also, what is the ruling
regarding the use of adhan based alarm clocks?
A) The adhan is regarded as one of the holy symbols of
Islam. Shari'ah has stipulated specific times and occasions when these holy
words are to be recited (such as calling to salah, the birth of the child, etc).
Hence, it is highly disliked to call out or have these words called out at any
The adhan, comprising of holy words, is a form of zikrullah (remembrance of
Allah Ta'ala). Using it to meet personal needs, such as informing others as your
presence or using it to inform yourself of a phone call, is poor adab
(etiquettes) and disrespect towards these words and highly disliked.
Often time, the phone may ring in a public gathering, in the bathroom, or even
while in prayer and the person rushes to turn off this zikr of Allah Ta'ala.
Similarily, with the adhan alarm clocks, it may ring to wake up the person for
work and the person becomes irritated and turns off this zikr of Allah Ta'ala in
Showing irritation at the zikr of Allah Ta'ala or cutting it off mid-sentence
are forms of disrespect and highly disliked. Therefore the ruling for adhan ring
tones and adhan alarm clocks is similar. There may be some concession if the
alarm clock is used soley to inform one of salah timings and adhan is heard
completely, without cutting it off in the middle, and not showing any kind of
disrespect during this time.
And Allah Ta'ala knows best.
Article taken (with Thanks) from Albalagh.net