One of the beloved companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was Bilal Ibn Rabah. His story of acceptance of Islam is very heart touching involving conversion, rescue, torture, and slavery. It teaches us that the only way to measure a person’s worth is piety. He was the first Muadan of Islam.
Adhan of Bilal Ibn Rabah:
Around the world, the most prominent symbol of Islam is called to prayer. It’s beautiful sound rings out across meadows, cities, infertile and barren fields, and on beaches in fact everywhere. Many people accepted Islam after hearing the sound of Adthaan. Allah mentioned the word Adthaan in Quran only one time. Without any doubt, it plays an integral role in Muslim life.
Newly born babies in Islam heard the first voice of Adhaan in their ears. After the birth of the baby, the father or any other person whispers Adthaan in the baby’s ear. The voice of Adthaan is announced five times daily. Bilal because of his beautiful voice had the honor of calling first Adthaan.
When Muslims along with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) migrated to Madinah, Bilal Ibn Rabah played his integral role in helping the prophet (PBUH). Every event in Muhammad’s (PBUH) life was an event in Bilal’s life. It is also said that he had honored with the duty of waking the prophet in the morning.
In the decade after the migration Bilal Ibn Rabah attended Prophet Muhammad on all his military expeditions, he had the honor of carrying the prophet’s spear. He played his vital role in the battle of Badr and in the aftermath he killed his former master Umayya ibn Khalaf. He also played his role in the battle of the trench and in the battle of Uhud.
Acceptance of Islam of Bilal Ibn Rabah:
After accepted Islam, his life totally changed. The most blessed and memorable event of his life was when he ascended to the top of the Kaba, the house of God, to call the believers to prayer.
Bilal Ibn Rabah never felt the same again after the death of the prophet (PBUH). After the death of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Bilal went to make adhan but during this, he broke down and tears began to roll from his cheeks. In low voice, he managed to complete the adhan but never called adhan again in Madinah.
It became too hard for him to live in Madinah with all those memories so he went to another place. Once he visited Madinah and grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) asked him to call then. Old memories that lay deep down in his heart were revived and those who had experienced the golden days with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) could not hold back their tears.
He died in Syria between 638 and 642 BCE. Imam al-Suyuti in his book ‘Tarikh al-Khulafa’ said, “He died in Damascus when he was just over sixty years old.