Sufferings of Hazrat Bilal Radeyallāhu ′Anhu

Sufferings of Hazrat Bilal (RA) and Reward of Prophet's (SA) Moazzin.

Hazrat Bilal

Hazrat Bilal (RA) is one of the best known of the Galaxy of Sahabah as Moazzin of the Prophet's (SA) Masjid. He was an Abyssinian salve of a disbeliever in Mecca. His conversion to Islam was naturally, not liked by his master and he was, therefore, persecuted mercilessly. Ummayah bin Khalaf, who was the worst enemy of Islam, would make him lie down on the burning sand at midday and would place a heavy stone oh his breast so that he could not even move a limb. He would then say to him:

"Renounce Islam or Swelter and Die"

Even under these afflictions, Hazrat Bilal (RA) would exclaim:-

"Ahad" -The One (Allah). "Ahad"- The One (Allah).

He was whipped at night and with the cuts thus received made to lie on the burning ground during the day to make him either forsake Islam or to die a lingering death from wounds. The Tortures would get tired and take turns (Abu Jahal, Ummayyah, and others) and vie with one another in afflicting more and more painful punishment, but Hazrat Bilal (RA) would not yield. At last Abu Bakr (RA)
bought his freedom, and he became a free Muslim.

As Islam taught implicitly the oneness of the Almighty Creator, While the idolaters of Mecca believed in many Gods and Goddesses with minor godlings, therefore  Bilal (RA) Repeated.

"Ahad" -The One (Allah). "Ahad"- The One (Allah).

This Shows his love and devotion to Allah, Allah was so dear to him that no amount of persecution could distract him from reciting His Holy name. It is  the streets, with his words "Ahad!" "Ahad!" Ringing in their wake.

Look how Allah rewarded his steadfastness! He was to have the honour of becoming the Prophet's Moazzin. He was always to remain with him at home and abroad to call out the Azaan for his Salaat. After death, it became very hard for him to continue his stay in Madinah where he would miss him at every step and in every corner. He, therefore, left Madinah and decided to pass the rest of his life striving in the path of Allah. Once he beheld that Prophet (SA) in his dream saying to him:

"O Bilal! How is it that you never visit me."

No sooner did he get up than he set out for Madinah on reaching there, Hazrat Hasan and Hazrat Hussain (RA) (The Prophet's (SA) grandsons) requested him to call out the Azaan. He could not refuse them, for they were very dear to him. But as soon as the Azaan was called, the people of Madinah cried openly out of their anguish at the memory of the happy old days of Prophet's (SA) time. Even some women came out of their houses weeping. Hazrat Bilal (RA) left  Madinah again after a few days and died in Damascus in 20 AH.

Everyone is tested in their own way, SubhanAllah, you might think someone is having a perfect life because they don't have the problems you have, but they could be suffering from multiple other problems that you don't know about}

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Allah Hafiz.

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