Hazrat Bilaal bin Rabaah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Two

One day, while Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was being tortured as normal, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) happened to pass by. Witnessing this scene, his heart filled with pity. He addressed Umayyah (the master) saying:

ألا تتقي الله في هذا المسكين حتى متى أنت

Do you not fear Allah in regard to this poor man? How much longer will you continue torturing him?

Umayyah replied, “You are responsible for corrupting him, so now you are obliged to release him. Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Very well! I have a slave who is extremely strong, and is firm and steadfast on your faith. Take him in exchange of Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and give Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to me. Umayyah accepted this offer. Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then took Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and set him free.

The brutal torture of the disbelievers had left scars and marks on the back of Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the best of all inviters to Allah Ta‘ala (and mu’azzins). These scars were clearly visible whenever his back would be exposed.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/224-225)

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