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The Prophet’s lineage is clearly documented in books of history; every one of his fathers is known all the way back until Adnan. And even though historians disagree about the names of Adnan’s forefathers, they agree that Adnan – and by extension the Prophet (SAW) – was a direct descendant of the Prophet Ibrahim (AS).

Prayer is a symbol of the religion; it distinguishes a Muslim from a non-Muslim. It is performed five times a day. If it were less than five, it would be said it is light but it is not light. This is why prayer is the last pillar, even when people show laxity towards other symbols and pillars of the religion, prayer will become the last strong pillar that protects the religion and distinguishes its followers from others.

The adhan is a call to inform others in specific words that the time for prayer has begun. It is a call to the congregation and is an expression of Islamic practices. It is obligatory or highly preferred. Al-Qurtubi and others have said that the adhan, although it has very few words, covers all the essentials of the faith. It begins by proclaiming the greatness of Allah, pointing to His existence and perfection. It mentions His oneness and denial of polytheism, and it confers the messengership of Muhammad (SAW). It calls to specific acts of obedience after testifying to Muhammad’s messengership, and it calls to prosperity which is everlasting, pointing to the return to Allah. Then in a manner of emphasis, it repeats some of what was already mentioned.

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