Have you ever seen the masjid of Bilal ibn Rabah (may Allah be pleased with him)? Bilal was the first person to make the adhan (call to prayers).
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: When the Muslims arrived at Medina, they used to assemble for the prayer, and used to guess the time for it. During those days, the practice of Adhan for the prayers had not been introduced yet. Once they discussed this problem regarding the call for prayer. Some people suggested the use of a bell like the Christians, others proposed a trumpet like the horn used by the Jews, but ‘Umar was the first to suggest that a man should call (the people) for the prayer; so Allah’s Apostle ordered Bilal to get up and pronounce the Adhan for prayers. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book #11, Hadith #578)
Narrated the merits of Bilal bin Rabah the freed slave of Abu Bakr. The Prophet said (to Bilal), “I heard the sound of your shoes in Paradise just in front of me.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book #57, Hadith #97)
(52) Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: Umar used to say, “Abu Bakr is our chief, and he manumitted our chief,” meaning Bilal. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book #57, Hadith #98)
Scene from the movie, The Message, Bilal giving the first call to prayer…
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