Bilal

“Bilal”

the first to
recite
the adhan
was a
Black man
described as a
former slave

how he
is praised
yet his name
is glued to
our tongues
also to
mask racism
and to
dismiss them

our love
for a
Black man
does not
absolve us

-To non-black Muslims on anti-black racism

———————————————————————————————-

The adhan is an Islamic call to prayer that is performed from mosques five times a day. Each call to prayer is to indicate that a specific prayer time slot is in place (as in  one can perform the prayer anytime within that time slot before the next call to prayer.)

The first person to perform the adhan was Bilal Ibn Rabah, a beloved companion of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.). He was chosen to do so by the Prophet Muhammad himself. Bilal was formerly a slave (as per the societal structure of 7th century Mecca) before he was sold to one of Muhammad’s companions who then emancipated him.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s