Bismillah (in the name of God)
The second drawing that I am using in this series ‘DID YOU KNOW’ is to highlight an extraordinary man who was very close to our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He was the son of an Ethiopian mother (who was a Princess) and an Arab Father called Rabah. His family was enslaved and therefore he was born into slavery.
Bilal endured incredible hardship as a slave, especially when he became a Muslim, he was tortured for worshiping only one God and refusing to Worship any Idols or other Deities. He was bought out of slavery as soon as the prophet ﷺ and his companions heard about him. Muhammad ﷺ chose Bilal as the first muezzin, because of his deep, melodious, and resonant voice.
I like watching this film exert, imagining what it must have been like to hear the first call for prayer, the first Adhan.
When I see the Bayefall of Senegal chanting: La Illaha Ilala. (There is no God but God) it reminds me of Bilal)
Listen to Imam Omar Suleiman if you want to know more: