Kiva Lending Team: Bilal Al-Habshi
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We are students and fans of Bilal Al-Habshi, who was one of the closest companions of Last Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)..
Bilal ibn Rabah (Arabic: بلال بن رباح) or Bilal al-Habashi was an Ethiopian born in Mecca in the late 6th century, sometime between 578 and 582.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) chose Bilal as his muezzin, Effectively making him the first muezzin of the Islamic faith. He was among the slaves freed by Abu Bakr and was known for his beautiful voice with which he called people to their prayers. His name can also be known as, "Bilal ibn Riyah" or "ibn Rabah" and he is sometimes known as "Bilal al-Habashi" or "Bilal the one from Ethiopia". He died sometime between 638 to 642, when he was just over sixty years old.
Bilal Ibn Rabah, was an emancipated slave of key importance in Islam. He is said to have been one of the most trusted and loyal Sahaba (companion) of Muhammad and of Ali. His respected stature during the birth of Islam is often cited by Muslims as evidence of the importance of pluralism and racial equality in the foundations of the religion.
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