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Fatwa Title

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Short Biography of Bilal, May Allah Be Pleased With Him

Fatwa No.

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387274

Fatwa Date

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25/11/2018

Question:

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



Fatwa:

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, 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, 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.



The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, 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.



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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