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Bilal(r)and his suffering

Hadrat Bilal(radhiyallaho anho) is one of the best known of the galaxy of Sahabah as moazzin of the prophet's(s.a.w) masjid.He was an Abyssinian slave of a disbeliever in Mecca.His conversion to Islam was, naturally,not liked by his master and he was,therefore,prescuted mercilessly.Ummayah bin Khalaf, who was the worst enemy of Islam, would make him lie down on the burning sand at midday and would place a heavy stone on his breast,so that he could not even move a limb.He would than say to him:
"Renounce Islam or swelter and die"
Even under these afflication,Bilal(r) would eyclaim:-
"AHAD"-The one(ALLAH)."AHAD"-The one(ALLAH).
He was whipped at night and with the cuts thus recieved,made to lie on the burning ground during the day to make him either forsake Islam or to die a lingering death from wounds.The torturers would get tired and take turns(Abu Jahal, Umayyah and others)and vie with one another in affliciting more and more painful punishment,but Hadhrat Bilal(radhiyallaho anho) would not yield.At last Abu Bakr(radhyallaho anho) bought his freedom, and he became a free Muslim.
As islam taught implicitly the oneness of the Almighty Creator,while the idolaters of Mecca believed in many gods and goddesses with minor godlings,therefore Bilai(r) repeated:
"AHAD(the one),AHAD(the one)."
This shows his love and devotion to ALLAH.ALLAH was so dearer to him that no amount of persecution could distract him from reciting HIS holy name.It is said that the Urchins of Mecca would drag him in the streets,with his words "AHAD!,AHAD!" ringing in their wake.
Look how ALLAH rewarded his steadfastness! He was to have the honour of becoming the prophet's Moazzin.He was always to remain with him at home and abroad to call out the Azaan for his salat.

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