Responding to the call to prayer

Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape No.8, Question No.7

Question: If we are outdoors, such as a farm or a recreational villa, and we hear the sounds of the various callers to prayer from afar, are we required to respond to their call to prayer [by going to the masjid for prayer]?

Response: If you could hear [the call to prayer] without [the caller to prayer having used] a microphone, then you are required to respond [to the call to prayer]. If, however, you did not hear [the call to prayer] other than by way of a microphone [and speakers], then you are not required [to respond to that call to prayer], because it is far away.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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