Holding a Vessel at the time of the Athan


Holding a Vessel at the time of the Athan

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: إِذَا سَمِعَ أَحَدُكُمُ النِّدَاءَ وَالإِنَاءُ عَلَى يَدِهِ، فَلاَ يَضَعْهُ حَتَّى يَقْضِيَ حَاجَتَهُ مِنْهُ

 Narrated Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him ): Allah’s Messenger ( Sallahu alayhi wa salam) said: If any of you hear the call for Fajr and in your hand is a vessel, don’t put it down until you finish taking what you need from it.”

Sunnan Abu Dawud ( 2350) graded as being Hasan Saheeh by Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on him)

Benefits for this topic:

  • Abu Dawud titled a section in his Sunnan, “The Man hears the athan while he’s holding a vessel.”
  • Shaykh Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbadd (may Allah preserve him) said, “The title hears asks a question. Does the person continue to drink or remove the glass from his mouth and stop drinking? The answer: If this is the Athan which the person relies on for knowing the entrance of Fajr and he’s already drinking, then he can continue. However he shouldn’t start to drink after the Athan has been called.


It’s not permissible for a person when he hears the athan of Fajr to hasten and start drinking. This is considered after the time of Fajr. When time for Fajr enters he’s prohibited from eating, but allowed to pray Fajr. For the fasting person the time to begin the fast has begun and the time for eating has ended.

So when the Athan is called and the person is drinking he can finish drinking what’s in the glass. And if he hadn’t begun drinking he can’t start.

  • Included in this hadeeth is the issue, ” It’s permissible to continue , but not start.” In other words, it’s not permissible for a person to begin drinking, but if he was already, he can continue. This doesn’t imply that the person spits out what is in his mouth and don’t drink. On the contrary he swallows what is in his mouth and continues (to drink from the vessel in his hand).
  • This applies for the man and woman.
  • It’s not permissible for a person to understand from this hadeeth that he puts a cup to his mouth and wait until the call for Fajr begins. When he hears the Athan he begins to drink, this is wrong and not allowed.
  • A person takes what he needs before the call of prayer, but if the call of prayer is made, he can continue to drink what’s in the glass. If that glass isn’t enough for him he can’t pour another one and drink it.
  • “Taking what you need from it.” This refers to drinking water from the glass, but this doesn’t apply to food. (Explanation of Sunnan Abu Dawud)

Translated and compiled by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Ramadan 8th , 1433

Doha, Qatar ©

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