|Biographical detail : ||The first Muezzin of Islam.
Bilal Ibn Rabah announced the time of prayers, muezzin of the Prophet (PBUH). He was the first Muezzin of Islam who had a soul-searching and awe-inspiring voice, a position which was aspired to by all the masters and nobles of the Quraish who embraced Islam.
Bilal died in Syria, fighting in the cause of Allah just as he had wanted. Beneath the dust of Damascus, today there lies the body of one of the greatest men of humankind in standing up for the creed of Islam with conviction.
When Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq witnessed Bilal, an Abyssinian slave of Umayah Ibn Khalaf, being tortured he was so moved that he purchased the salve. He emancipated Bilal immediately and put his arm round him. Bilal, who converted to Islam, was a man of very dark complexion, slender, very tall, thick-haired with a sparse beard.