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Refimprove|date= January 2017}} The Iqama or Iqamah (lang a transl|ar|DIN|ʾIqāmah} is the second call to Salat|Islamic Prayer]], given immediately before the prayer begins.[1] Generally, the iqama is given more quickly and in a more monotonous fashion, compared to the adhan, as it is addressed to those already in the mosque rather than a reminder for those outside it to come to the mosque. Aside from a difference in the number of repetitions of each formula.[2]

Other uses of the term iqama[edit]

Iqāma is the maṣdar form of the fourth (causative) stem (stem 'af`ala) from the triliteral root Q-W-M, which relates to setting things up, carrying things out, existence, and assorted other meanings. The word iqāma itself is multivalent, but its most common meaning outside the inauguration of prayer is in the context of immigration law, referring to a long-term visa for a foreign national. In some cases, as in Egypt, it is a stamp on the foreigner's passport; in others (as in Morocco and Saudi Arabia) it is a separate identity document in the form of a plastic card.


  1. ^ Cite journal|last=Th.W.|first=Juynboll|title=Iḳāma|url= f book.encyclopaedia-of-islam2&s.q=ikama|language=en Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd Edition Online. Edited by P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs
  2. ^ {{cite web|url= the iqaamah is done|website=Islam QA|publisher=Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid|accessdate=8 July 2015

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