The Greatest Azaan Ever

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

A few posts back, I blogged about when the Muslims conquered Mecca in the famous Victory of Mecca.

I described the unparalleled justice that the Muslims displayed under command of the Prophet of Allah (PBUH).

Today, I want to describe just one incident from that day.  An incident which occurs on a daily basis in the Islamic world, but one which on that day, heralded the dawn of a new era in world history and one which symbolised the essence of Islam.

Picture the scene:

The day was getting on, the Muslims had been crowned victorious, and the Prophet (PBUH) had made his famous sermon outside the Kaa’bah.

It was time for Salaah (prayer) and so the Prophet (PBUH) gave instructions for Bilal (RA) to give the Azaan (the caller to prayer).

But, to the amazement of everyone present, he told Bilal (RA) to climb on top of the Kaa’bah and give the Azaan from there!

So there is Bilal (RA), a black Abyssinian slave, thought to be the lowest of the low, the bottom of society, indeed when he was captive in Mecca, his masters used to drag him across the burning hot sands of Mecca and tried to force him to denounce Islam.

This same Bilal, the Bilal who was persecuted for being a Muslim, the Bilal who was discriminated on because of his colour, yes this same Bilal is now standing on the roof the the place of worship which even the idolators of Mecca held so holy, and was proclaiming, at the top of his voice, his belief in the One, True Allah.

How must it have felt for his ex-masters? How must it have felt for him?  How must it have felt for Mohammad (PBUH), who after so many years of persecution and after having left his home, was now seeing one of his followers stand and proclaim what he preached in front of all those that had challenged him in the past, but who were now left for words?

Everytime I think about it, I with my limited knowledge and understanding, always think that justice was served, and that the Truth prevailed.

And what did it symbolise?

Well for me, it symbolised that nothing, not even the Kaab’ah, the most holiest site in Islam, is higher than the Oneness of Allah – Tauhid.  And it symbolised the diversity, the equality, the cosmopolitan nature of Islam, that even in those early times, a black slave can climb up on the Kaa’bah, in the presence of the Prophet (PBUH) himself, and proclaim the name of Allah.

Allah hu Akbar, Allah hu akbar - God is the Greatest, God is the Greatest.

So for me, until the end of time, that has to be the greatest, most monumental Azaan ever called out by a Muslim – a never-ending reminder that all greatness belongs solely to God.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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