Hayya Alal Falah Meaning, in Arabic & How to respond.

Hayya Alal Falah is part of the Adhan that is heard five times a day. In every Adhan, it is repeated twice and comes right after Hayya Alal Salah [Rush to prayer] as it refers that real success comes from leaving what you are doing and rushing to the prayer.

We will discuss in detail its meaning how it is written in Arabic with and without Diacritical as well as what you should say when you hear it.

Hayya Alal Falah in Arabic

The full phrase consists of 3 words which are written in Arabic with the Diacritical as:

حَيًّ عَلى الفَلاحِ

and Without the Diacritical:

حي على الفلاح


Hayya Alal Falah

and can be divided as the following table:

Hayya حَيًّ Rush
Alal عَلى To

Hayya Alal Falah Meaning

The General meaning of the phrase is “Rush to success”. Since The sentence comes right after saying Hayya Ala-Salah which means Rush to Prayer it indirectly refers to praying the real success itself and not anything else you are doing that is why you should leave everything and rush to success [prayers].

How to respond

When you hear the Azan says either Hayya ala Al-falah or Hayya alas salah the response according to hadith should be: la hawla wala quwwata illa billah [There is no might nor power except with Allah].

Phrase origin from Hadith

And Muslim reported a narration by ‘Umar (RA) regarding the virtue of repeating what the Mu’adhdhin pronounces word by word except when the Mu’adhdhin says: “Haiya ‘alas-Salah, Haiya ‘alal-Falah “, one should say: “La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah [there is no might and no power except with (the help of) Allah].”

Book 2, Hadith 56

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