How is the iqama (the second call to prayer, given immediately before the prayer begins) recited?

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How is the iqama (the second call to prayer, given immediately before the prayer begins) recited?

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The words of iqama according to the Sunnah are as follows:

"Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar. Ashhadu an la ilaha illa’llah, Ashhadu an la ilaha illa’llah. Ashhadu anna Muhammadan Rasululu’llah, Ashhadu anna Muhammadan Rasululu’llah. Hayya ‘ala’s-salah, Hayya ‘ala’s-salah. Hayya ‘ala’l-falah, Hayya ‘ala’l-falah. Qad qamati’s-salah, Qad qamati’s-salah. Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar. La ilaha illa’llah."

The English meaning of Iqama is as follows:

"Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest.
I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah. I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger, I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger. Come to prayer, Come prayer. Come to salvation, Come to salvation. The prayer has started, the prayer has started. Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah."

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