Short Biography of Bilal, May Allah Be Pleased With Him
Fatwa No: 387274

  • Fatwa Date:25-11-2018 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 17, 1440
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Question

As-salamualaikum - Can you please provide brief biography about Bilal radiyallahu anhu. Did he narrate any hadeeth.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

He is Bilal ibn Rabaah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him the Muaththin (the person who makes the call to prayer) of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and he was nicknamed Abu ‘Abdullah.

It was also said that he was nicknamed Abu Abdul-Kareem and it was said Abu Abdur-Rahmaan. Some others said that he was nicknamed Abu ‘Amr.

It was Abu Bakr as-Sideeq  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him who emancipated him.

Bilal  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him took part in the battle of Badr and the battle of Uhud, and all other battles with the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) established ties of brotherhood between him and ‘Ubaydah ibn Haarith ibn al-Muttalib.

He died in Damascus, and was buried at the small gate in the graveyard of Damascus in the year 20 AH. He was sixty-three years old.

Another view says that he died in the year 21 AH. Yet, another view says that he died when he was seventy years old. [Al-Isti’aab authored by Ibn ‘Abd al-Bar]

Bilal  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated some Ahadeeth from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).

Ath-Thahabi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Siyar a’Laam an-Nubalaa’:

His Ahadeeth were reported in the books (of Sunnah). Ibn ‘Umar, Abu ‘Uthmaan An-Nahdi, al-Aswad, ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Abu Layla, and a group of narrators of Hadeeth narrated from him.” [End of quote]

Allah knows best.

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