This calling of the Azan in the Marble Collegiate Church located at 275, Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan, New York City, USA was made during a recent inter faith dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims living there.
Friends ask me about the permissibility of calling out the Azan in a Christian Church?
Is it allowed in Islam?
Well, frankly speaking, I think one has to take the prevailing circumstances into account before responding to comment on such an action?
Why was the Azan being called out in the first instance in that church?
From what I gather from the blog reports coming concerning the calling of the Azan in the particular church on that event was that the organizers of the interfaith dialog wanted to give respect to the attending members of the Muslim congregation and asked them as to how best to accord to them the respect and recognition of their presence in the gathering?
From this blog, it states that the head of the Muslim delegation, Imam Muhammad Syamsi Ali, Chairman of the Masjid Al Hikmah at 48-1, 31st Avenue, Long Island City in New York responded by saying that the calling of the Azan would be best.
It states here that a Christopher Herbert, a baritone artist took up the task of calling out the Azan in such a beautiful manner and with his pleasant baritone voice as witnessed above in the video.
From my follow up study as to the person by that name here, it states that he is an opera singer.
I do not know if he is a Muslim or what but the way the person said to be him has called out the Azan correctly and in such a beautiful manner can only make folks like me wish that he is a Muslim or will soon become one. Insya Allah.
Now, if you ask me as to what is my opinion with regard to the calling of the Azan by one who might be not a Muslim in the true sense of the word, I can only state my opinion being that all Children of Adam Alaihis Salam @ mankind are by the state of 'Fitrah' originating from Adam and Eve who were the first Muslims. What more being our Parents for we who are Muslims believe in the Creation of Adam Alaihis Salam to be the first Man and from him henceforth came all the generations of humankind who eventually returned to their origin of where their essence were taken from Mother Earth?
So, if you were to ask me whether it's right or wrong for a Non Muslim to call out the Azan as what this Christopher Herbert is said to have done, I find no fault in such an action for the occasion was unique and was an interfaith dialog between Christians, Jews and Muslims living there in New York, a melting pot for humanity in the USA.
It all depends on one's intentions and the circumstances that led to the man volunteering to call out the Azan and in the beautiful manner that he did.
It could be a one off incident but we need to appreciate the prevailing circumstances that led to the wonderful moment where the Azan was called out in such a manner that it reverberated throughout the church interiors in a splendid acoustic environment!
I wonder as to how those gathered there at the event would have been moved by the experience?
Listening to the azan in such surroundings would surely have a profound effect in those whose hearts seek God!
I have always believed that devoted Christians would be the closest in faith and inclinations towards seeking True God Almighty just as we Muslims do!
We are the closest in faith towards the Almighty. The only thing that differentiates us Muslims and the Christians are the concept of God.
Muslims worship only One True God ~ Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala whereas Christians go on and worship their Trinitarian Concept of God, the 3 in 1 godhood they say is their god the father, god the son and god the holy ghost.
It only takes a Christian the courage and clarity that there can only be One God and that Jesus that they claim to be God's Son is but a noble messenger of God who was sent only to the Israelites as even what is said to be their bible claims as such :
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