Thursday, 3 February 2011

Why some people say Ameen loudly or silently?



In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

Why some people say Ameen loudly or silently?
Does it matter?
What is the hadith?

 Meaning of Ameen:

 It can be many things

Verily", "Truly", "So be it", and "Let it be”.” I agree," or "Well said."

Since there's no mention of the use of the term "Ameen" in the Quran, it shouldn't be used.  It's true that the Quran does not say anything about it.  But at the same time, the simple ideology of 'Ameen' is not against the values of the Quran.  On the contrary, it's much in accordance with it.

It is not part of the Qur’an by general agreement, but it is a Sunnah to conclude the Surah with it per his statement (upon him blessings and peace): “Jib reel taught me to say Ameen once I finished reciting the Fatiha”

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) ascended the minbar and said: “Ameen, Ameen, Ameen.” It was said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you ascended the member and said, ‘Ameen, Ameen, and Ameen.” He said: “Jib reel (peace be upon him) came to me and said: ‘If Ramadan comes and a person is not forgiven, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen. He said: ‘O Muhammad, if both or one of a person’s parents are alive and he does not honour them and he dies, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen. He said: ‘If you are mentioned in a person’s presence and he does not send blessings upon you and he dies, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen.”


Ameen should be said whenever one reads Surah Fatiha and also when one hears another person read it.

Imam Bukhari (RA) has narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah (RA) that Rasulullah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) said
“When a person says Ameen the angels also say Ameen and if his Ameen coincides with the Ameen of the angels his previous sins will be forgiven”
(Sahih Al Bukhari Hadith No.781)

In the narration of Muslim it is stated
“When the recite Ameen then say Ameen….”

The first Hadith shows that Ameen should be said when reciting Surah Fatiha whether in Salah or not and the second one shows that Ameen should be said when hearing the Surah whether in Salah or not.

The meaning of Ameen is “O Allah accept!” so whenever Surah Fatiha is recited or heard Ameen should be said, also during duas Ameen should be said with conviction.


“Jib reel taught me to say Ameen at the end of Fatiha and he said it is like the seal for a letter”


The word said after prayers having the meaning “so be it”, “accept our prayers”, “it is extremely true”. It is especially said after the Fatiha in prayers. It is one of the words accepted as verbal-noun verbs in Arabic. The word is considered to be in Hebrew. Because, Jews and Christians who use that word as “amen” express that word originates from the Syriac word “Amin”. Although that word is recited in prayers, it is known that it does not take place in Qur’an. The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi WA salaam) has especially commended to say “amen” after the recitation of Surah Al-Fatiha. As follows: “You say “Ameen” after the prayer- leader finishes the Fatiha and says Ameen. If a person’s saying “Ameen” at that time coincides with the angels’ saying “Ameen”, his previous sins are forgiven.” (Muslim),


Saying “Ameen” after the recitation of Al-Fatiha

Should the congregation say “Amen” silently or loudly after the prayer-leader recites the Al-Fatiha?

Angel's saying, 'Ameen'

The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'The Dua of a person for his Muslim brother in his absence will be answered. At his head there is an angel, and every time he prays for him for something good, the angel who has been appointed to be with him, says, 'Ameen, may you have likewise.'
    In light of this Hadith, two kinds of people achieve the merit of the Angel's saying, 'Ameen' First are those absent Muslims for whom the supplication is performed because the Angel says, 'Ameen' for such a supplication, which means, 'O Allah, accept this Dua for the absent Muslim.' The second category of people contains those people who supplicate for the absent Muslims because the Angel says, 'and for you too' after, 'Ameen,' meaning may Allah grant you the same.
The excellence of supplicating for the absent Muslims is mentioned in this Hadith. This merit will be achieved even if one were to supplicate for a group of Muslims. Also, if one supplicates for the whole Muslim Ummah, he will have achieved the same advantage, as is known from the apparent meaning of the Hadith.

What are the practices of the Messenger of Allah in that issue?

 …. We were ordered to say “Ameen”…...
The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi WA salaam) especially ordered to say “amen” after the recitation of Al-Fatiha in the prayer.
As follows: “You say “amen” after the prayer- leader finishes the Fatiha and says amen. When the imam says Amen, the one who’s Amen coincides with the Amen of angels; his previous wrong actions are forgiven. (Muslim)... 
According to those hadiths, saying “amen” after the Fatiha in prayers is a Sunnah (acts and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi WA salaam). it is Sunnah for the prayer-leader and the congregation to say “amen” silently; and according to Imam Shafi’ and Ahmad b. Hanbal, it is a Sunnah to say it loudly with the prayer-leader.

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The true servants of the Most Merciful are those who behave gently and with humility on earth, and whenever the foolish quarrel with them, they reply with [words of] peace.’
(Al-Furqan 25: 63)

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1 comment:

skyenoor said...

Bidding you peace, I was wondering what your opinion is regarding raising one's palms towards the heavens when making dua ?

Peace.