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Hazrat Bilal RA and his importance in Islam – Short biography in English

Hazrat Bilal RA short biography - Islamic history

Hazrat Bilal (Razi Allah Tala Anhu) was a tall Abyssinian slave owned by the Quarsihite chief Umayyah bin Khalaf. He converted to Islam in the early Makkan era, when the persecutions against the Muslims had begun. It is believed that he was the second adult Muslim male after Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (Razi Allah Tala Anhu) to convert to Islam.

He was severely tortured by his master, Umayyah bin Khalaf, who used to tie him down on the hot desert sand and place heavy heated boulders on his chest. However, he remained absolutely steadfast.

Finally, Hazrat Bilal RA was freed by the first caliph of Islam Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique RayAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him), who purchased him for the cause of Islam. Until the Holy Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhi wa salam   passed away, he remained his voluntary servant.

When Hazrat Bilal RayAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) migrated to Madinah, the Holy Prophet made a bond of brotherhood between him and the Ansari companion, Abu Ruwaihar.

When the Azan was introduced, the Holy Prophet RayAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) chose Hazrat Bilal RA for the honour. Thus he became the first Muezzin (one who proclaims the Azan) of Islam. He also delivered the Azan from the roof of the Ka'aba in February 629, when the Holy Prophet paid a three-day visit to Makkah to perform Umra. He remained Muezzin until the second caliph of Islam Caliphate Hazrat Umar RayAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him).

Bilal also participated in all battles with the Holy Prophet , and at the battle of Badr, he killed Ummaya bin Khalaf (his former master). After the demise of the Holy Prophet , Bilal was heartbroken. But he continued to serve the caliphs of Islam diligently.

Finally, he left Madinah for Syria to participate in the battlefield. He spent the rest of his life there. He died in about 18 AH and is buried in Damascus, where now a mosque marks his grave.

The Holy Prophet said, 

I heard the footsteps of Bilal in Paradise

Importance of Hazrat Bilal RayAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) in Islam

Hazrat Bilal RA was among the earliest converts of Islam. Because of his low origin, he was exclusively targeted by the Makkan chiefs, especially by his master Umayya bin Khalaf. He, however, set some of the greatest examples of patient perseverance and unshaken faith. He was also honoured with being the first Muezzin of Islam. Hazrat Bilal RA strengthened the first Muslim community by killing the powerful Makkan chief, his own master, Umayyah bin Khalaf.

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