Can I Depend on the Adhan Notification of My Smart Phone?
I live in Qatar and I have a digital hand watch which notifies me of the adhan (call of prayer) at the times of prayer, can I rely on this notification?
Dr. Muhammad Salah begins his answer by shedding the light on the large number of mosques are there in the Arab countries. There is no excuse for a Muslim who lives in an Arab country for not attending the congregational prayer with Muslims at the mosque. Yet, if the Masjid is far a way and one has a car or there is a mean to reach there, then one has to drive to the mosque and offer the prayer in congregation.
If one lives among a group of Muslims but they do not have a mosque around, then they may find a place for prayer and perform it in congregation while making the adhan and iqamah before offering prayer.
On the authority of Uqbah ibn `Amir (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: “Your Lord delights at a shepherd who, on the peak of a mountain crag, gives the call to prayer and prays. Then Allah (glorified and exalted be He) say: Look at this servant of Mine, he gives the call to prayer and performs the prayers; he is in awe of Me. I have forgiven My servant [his sins] and have admitted him to Paradise.” (An-Nasa’i)
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “If people came to know the blessing of calling Adhan and the standing in the first row, they could do nothing but would draw lots to secure these privileges.” (Agreed Upon)
To know more about the rulings of calling Adhan, you can watch this interesting Fatwa with Dr. Muhammad Salah.
Source: Huda Youtube Channel.