Q: What is
the ruling on a person who says when hearing the Iqamah (call to start the Prayer): "Allahuma aqimha wa adimha ma damat al-samawat wal-ard i.e. May Allah establish it and cause it to continue as long as the heavens and the earth endure it"?
The hearer of Iqamah is allowed to repeat what the person doing Iqamah says; i.e., "qad qaamat il-salaah, qad qaamat il-salaah i.e. Salah is about to begin." This is based on the fact that Iqamah is considered to be a second Adhan. In this regard, it is authentically established that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
When you hear the Mu'adhin (caller to prayer), repeat what he says.
Some scholars held the view that a person should say "May Allah establish it and cause it to continue." This is because of the report narrated from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he used to say this statement on hearing Iqamah. This report is proven dubious. The sound view is that a person should say (qad qaamat il-salaah, qad qaamat il-salaah) on hearing the Iqamah. (Part No. 6; Page No. 91) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.