04 – Bilal ibn Rabah – First Caller to Prayer

In this  episode of “Simply The Best”, Shaykh Sadullah Khan covers the story of Bilal ibn Rabah. He was known as the first caller to prayer in Islam. He was born in Makka lived as a slave to Umayyah ibn Khalaf. After accepting Islam, Bilal professed the oneness of Allah despite being tortured. Abu Bakr paid to have Bilal released from bondage. Bilal was asked by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) to give the call to prayer, and hence became the first caller to prayer. Bilal exhibited tremendous love of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him), so much so that he found it difficult to make the call to prayer after the passing away of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him). Bilal passed away 20 A.H. in Damascus.

This podcast presents the series “Noble Ones Around The Chosen One”, by Shaykh Sadullah Khan, originally delivered at Masjid al-Furqan, Islamia College, in Cape Town, South Africa (https://www.islamiacollege.co.za/). The series highlights snapshots of the lives of the phenomenal people who were in the company of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said about his companions (may God be pleased with them): “The best people are those of my generation”. The series aims to inspire us and empower us with knowledge of these exemplary personalities through reflecting on their principled lives.

Shaykh Sadullah Khan memorized the Qur’an at the age of eight, studied Law in South Africa, Journalism in Britain and Islamic Studies in Egypt and USA. He has spearheaded youth development programs in South Africa and the USA for two decades; has been an inspiring religious leader, motivational speaker and an educator for the past 25 years. Shaykh Sadullah is currently the CEO of the Islamia College, in Cape Town, South Africa (https://www.islamiacollege.co.za/).

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