Hazrat Bilal ibn Rabaah (R)
First Muazzin in Islam
Hazrat Bilal (R) was given the profound honour of being appointed as the first Muazzin in Islam by Rasulullah r. He would call out the Azaan for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Madinah Munawwarah and when the Muslims were travelling. (Usdul Ghabah)
Footsteps in Jannah
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R) narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) once asked Hazrat Bilal (R) at the time of Fajr Salah, “O Bilal t! After embracing Islam, which action do you hope will greatly benefit you from the actions you carry out? Verily I heard your footsteps before me in Jannah (in a dream) last night.” Hazrat Bilal (R) replied, “The action I carry out, which I hope will greatly benefit me, is that whenever I make Wudhu, at any time of the day or night, I perform Salah after making Wudhu (I perform the Salah of Tahiyyatul Wudhu).” (Sahih Muslim)
Towards the end of his life Bilal (R) settled in Syria and passed away there in 20 A.H. at the age of 63. According to some narrations he is buried in Damascus and according to others he is buried in Halab.
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