Hadith No: 100
Narrated/Authority of Abdullah ibn Zayd
Listed in: Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah)
The Messenger of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) came upon us. We brought water for him in a brass vessel and he performed ablution.
Hadith No: 512
Narrated/Authority of Abdullah ibn Zayd
Listed in: Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat)
The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) intended to do many things for calling (the people) to prayer, but he did not do any of them. Then Abdullah ibn Zayd was taught in a dream how to pronounce the call to prayer. He came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and informed him. He said: Teach it to Bilal. He then taught him, and Bilal made a call to prayer. Abdullah said: I saw it in a dream and I wished to pronounce it, but he (the Prophet) said: You should pronounce iqamah.
How The Adhan Began
باب بَدْءِ الأَذَانِ
It was narrated from Muhammed bin ‘Abdullah bin Zaid that his father said that:
The Messenger of Allah was thinking of a horn, and he commanded that a bell be made and it was done. Then ‘Abdullah bin Zaid had a dream. He said: “I saw a man wearing two green garments, carrying a bell. I said to him, ‘O slave of Allah, will you sell the bell?’ He said; ‘What will you do with it?’ I said, ‘I will call (the people) to prayer.’ He said, ‘Shall I not tell you of something better than that?’ I said, ‘What is it?’ he said, ‘Say: Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar; Ash-hadu an la ilaha illallah, Ash-hadu an la ilaha illallah; Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Rasulullah, Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Rasulullah; Hayya ‘alas-salah, Hayya ‘alas-salah; Hayya ‘alal-falah, Hayya ‘alal-falah; Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar; La ilaha illallah (Allah is The Most Great, Allah is The Most Great; Allah is The Most Great, Allah is The Most Great; I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah, I bear witness that Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah; Come to the Prayer, Come to the Prayer; Come to the prosperity, Come to the prosperity; Allah is the Most great, Allah is the Most Great; None has the right to be worshipped but Allah).” ‘Abdullah bin Zaid went out and came to the Messenger of Allah, and told him what he had seen. He said, “O Messenger of Allah, I saw a man wearing two green garments carrying a bell,” and he told him the story. The Messenger of Allah said, “Your companion has had a dream. Go out with Bilal to the mosque and teach it to him, for he has a louder voice than you.” I (‘Abdullah) went out with Bilal to the mosque, and I started teaching him the words and he was calling them out. ‘Umar Al-Khattab heard the voice and came out saying, “O Messenger of Allah! By Allah, I saw the same (dream) as him.” (Hasan)Abu ‘Ubaid said: “Abu Bakr Al-Hakami told me that ‘Abdullah bin Zaid Al-Ansari said concerning that: ‘I praise Allah, the Possessor of majesty and honor, A great deal of praise for the Adhan. Since the news of it came to me from Allah, So due to it, I was honored by the information. During the three nights. Each of which increased me in honor.'”
حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو عُبَيْدٍ، مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عُبَيْدِ بْنِ مَيْمُونٍ الْمَدَنِيُّ حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ سَلَمَةَ الْحَرَّانِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ إِسْحَاقَ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ التَّيْمِيُّ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ زَيْدٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ قَدْ هَمَّ بِالْبُوقِ وَأَمَرَ بِالنَّاقُوسِ فَنُحِتَ فَأُرِيَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ زَيْدٍ فِي الْمَنَامِ قَالَ رَأَيْتُ رَجُلاً عَلَيْهِ ثَوْبَانِ أَخْضَرَانِ يَحْمِلُ نَاقُوسًا فَقُلْتُ لَهُ يَا عَبْدَ اللَّهِ تَبِيعُ النَّاقُوسَ قَالَ وَمَا تَصْنَعُ بِهِ قُلْتُ أُنَادِي بِهِ إِلَى الصَّلاَةِ . قَالَ أَفَلاَ أَدُلُّكَ عَلَى خَيْرٍ مِنْ ذَلِكَ قُلْتُ وَمَا هُوَ قَالَ تَقُولُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ حَىَّ عَلَى الصَّلاَةِ حَىَّ عَلَى الصَّلاَةِ حَىَّ عَلَى الْفَلاَحِ حَىَّ عَلَى الْفَلاَحِ . اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ . قَالَ فَخَرَجَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ زَيْدٍ حَتَّى أَتَى رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ فَأَخْبَرَهُ بِمَا رَأَى . قَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ رَأَيْتُ رَجُلاً عَلَيْهِ ثَوْبَانِ أَخْضَرَانِ يَحْمِلُ نَاقُوسًا . فَقَصَّ عَلَيْهِ الْخَبَرَ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ “ إِنَّ صَاحِبَكُمْ قَدْ رَأَى رُؤْيَا فَاخْرُجْ مَعَ بِلاَلٍ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ فَأَلْقِهَا عَلَيْهِ وَلْيُنَادِ بِلاَلٌ فَإِنَّهُ أَنْدَى صَوْتًا مِنْكَ ” . قَالَ فَخَرَجْتُ مَعَ بِلاَلٍ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ فَجَعَلْتُ أُلْقِيهَا عَلَيْهِ وَهُوَ يُنَادِي بِهَا . قَالَ فَسَمِعَ عُمَرُ بْنُ الْخَطَّابِ بِالصَّوْتِ فَخَرَجَ فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهِ لَقَدْ رَأَيْتُ مِثْلَ الَّذِي رَأَى . قَالَ أَبُو عُبَيْدٍ فَأَخْبَرَنِي أَبُو بَكْرٍ الْحَكَمِيُّ أَنَّ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ زَيْدٍ الأَنْصَارِيَّ قَالَ فِي ذَلِكَ أَحْمَدُ اللَّهَ ذَا الْجَلاَلِ وَذَا الإِكْرَامِ حَمْدًا عَلَى الأَذَانِ كَثِيرًا إِذْ أَتَانِي بِهِ الْبَشِيرُ مِنَ اللَّهِ فَأَكْرِمْ بِهِ لَدَىَّ بَشِيرًا فِي لَيَالٍ وَالَى بِهِنَّ ثَلاَثٍ كُلَّمَا جَاءَ زَادَنِي تَوْقِيرًا
Hz. Abdullah was of Ansar. He took part in the Pledge of Aqabah. He was adherent to the Messenger of Allah with his whole heart. He took part in all battles with the Prophet. He fought heroically. He carried the flag of Sons of Harith of the tribe of Khazraj during the Conquest of Makkah
Abdullah is known as “Sahibul-Adhan”. This name was given to him because he saw adhan in his dream exactly before adhan was known as call to prayer. This incident took place as follows:
It was just after the Migration. People used to shout “As-Salatu Jami’ah” to call people to prayer. The Prophet talked to the Companions to find something more appropriate. He said, “I want all Muslims to perform prayers together.” He asked them their opinions about it. Some Companions suggested ringing bells but the Prophet rejected it saying, “It is the custom of Christians.” Others suggested blowing a horn but the Messenger of Allah said, “It is the custom of Jews.” They could not agree on anything.
Each of the Companions that were there thought about the issue that day. Sleeping with this idea in his mind, Hz. Zayd, saw a man wearing green garments in his dream. He had a bell in his hand. Hz. Zayd asked him to sell him the bell. The man said, “What are you going to do with it?” Zayd said, “I will use it to inform people about prayer times.” The man said, “I will describe you something better.” Then, he turned toward the qiblah, recited adhan in the same way as it is called to day. When he repeated it, he added the sentence, “Qad qamatis-salah”. Then, he disappeared.
Hz. Abdullah woke up in excitement. He was still under the influence of the dream. He waited for an appropriate time. Then, he entered into the presence of the Messenger of Allah. He informed him about the dream he had. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The dream is true. Teach those words to Bilal so that he will recite them.” Hz. Abdullah taught adhan to Hz. Bilal. Hz. Bilal ascended to a high place and called the first adhan. A few people who heard it came and said they had seen the same thing in their dreams. Then, revelation about adhan was sent down to the Messenger of Allah. The story of adhan that has been called since the first year of the Migration as a sign of Islam is like that. Today, adhan that is called five times a day is a memory of Hz. Abdullah bin Zayd.
Hz. Abdullah was famous for his generosity. He was together with the Prophet in the Farewell Hajj. He gave all of his property and animals away as sadaqah to the poor during this hajj. He preferred to live in financial difficulty. Hz. Abdullah died in 22 H during the caliphate of Hz. Uthman.