Fatwa No : 45237
Wisdom in assigning Bilal to call the azan on the Day of the Conquest of Makkah
Fatwa Date : Sha'baan 6, 1438 / 2-5-2017
Why did the Messenger , say to Bilal on the day of the Conquest of Makkah, "Call the azan," instead of doing it himself?
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 , is His slave and Messenger.
He , did not do this himself for a number of apparent wisdoms, and all knowledge is with Allah, the Exalted.
Firstly: His Sunnah is that the imam is not assigned to call the azan (rather, there is a muezzin for that).
Secondly: This caused the polytheists to be enraged, seeing Bilal, the one upon whom they used to inflict various kinds of torture for being a Muslim, rising over and in front of them atop the Ka'bah to call the azan – the main symbol of Islam – while he is the most honored and they are the most humiliated. This is strengthened by what Ibn Katheer mentioned in Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah by way of Yoonus ibn Bakr and others from Hisham ibn ‘Urwah from his father, that the Messenger of Allah , ordered Bilal to call the azan on top of the Ka‘bah on the day of the Conquest in order to infuriate the polytheists.
Thirdly: That act was an honor for Bilal, who endured great harm in the cause of Allah. Ibn Katheer mentioned in Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah from Ibn Abi Maleekah:
The Messenger of Allah , ordered Bilal to call the azan on the day of the Conquest on top of the Ka'bah, so a man from Quraysh said to Al-Harith ibn Hisham, "Do you not see unto where this slave has ascended?" He said, "Leave him, for if Allah dislikes it, He will change it."
Allah knows best.
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