The Call of Bilal

Islam in the African Diaspora
Author: Edward E. Curtis IV
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469618125
Category: Religion
Page: 248
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How do people in the African diaspora practice Islam? While the term "Black Muslim" may conjure images of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, millions of African-descended Muslims around the globe have no connection to the American-based Nation of Islam. The Call of Bilal is a penetrating account of the rich diversity of Islamic religious practice among Africana Muslims worldwide. Covering North Africa and the Middle East, India and Pakistan, Europe, and the Americas, Edward E. Curtis IV reveals a fascinating range of religious activities--from the observance of the five pillars of Islam and the creation of transnational Sufi networks to the veneration of African saints and political struggles for racial justice. Weaving together ethnographic fieldwork and historical perspectives, Curtis shows how Africana Muslims interpret not only their religious identities but also their attachments to the African diaspora. For some, the dispersal of African people across time and space has been understood as a mere physical scattering or perhaps an economic opportunity. For others, it has been a metaphysical and spiritual exile of the soul from its sacred land and eternal home.

Call to Prayer

The Story of Bilal
Author: Edoardo Albert
Publisher: Islamic Foundation
ISBN: 9780860374565
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 29
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Bilal ibn Rabah, the Ethiopian former slave who was the first Muslim to make the call to prayer, recounts his experiences and teaches his techniques to Saeed, a boy who has just been freed from slavery.

Highlights of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania (1965 - 1986)


Author: The Managing Committee of Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania
Publisher: Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania
ISBN: 997695607X
Category: Islam
Page: 52
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The Story of Bilal Ibn Rabah (580-640) Great Muslim Warrior From Africa


Author: Muham Taqra
Publisher: Krakatau Dragon Self Publishing
ISBN: N.A
Category: Religion
Page: 23
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Bilal ibn Rabah (Arabic: بلال بن رباح‎) or Bilal al-Habashi (AD 580-640) was an African of Ethiopian heritage companion of Islamic Prophet Muhammad, born in Mecca who is considered as the first muezzin chosen by the prophet himself. He was among the emancipated 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 Habesha (today’s 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 Sahabah (companion) of Prophet Muhammad. 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. According to Ibn Ishaq, Abdullah Ibn Zaid Ibn Abd Rabbihi went to Prophet Muhammad SAW with his story that he saw Adhan in his dream, Muhammad, approving the method for calling to prayers, told him to ask an Ethiopian named Bilal, who had a marvelous voice, to call the Muslims to prayer (the Adhan). As Ibn Ishaq told the story (in Albert Guillaume’s translation): When the Apostle was told of this he said that it was a true vision if God so willed it, and that he should go to Bilal and communicate it to him so that he might call to prayer thus, for he had a more penetrating voice. When Bilal acted as muezzin, Umar I, who later became the second caliph, heard him in his house and came to the Apostle… saying that he had seen precisely the same vision. The Apostle said ‘God be praised for that!’ Though slightly different versions of the story exist, all agree that Islam’s first muezzin was Bilal. This book is story of Bilal Ibn Rabbah great muslim warrior from Africa.

Bilal al-Habashi

An Exemplar of Patience and Devotion
Author: Hilal Kara
Publisher: Tughra Books
ISBN: 1597849707
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 172
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He possessed an unceasingly belief, love for Allah and His Messenger, and zeal. Realizing that he was about to breathe his last on his deathbed, his wife cried out, “Woe is me!” Bilal al-Habashi injected saying, “Now is not the time for sorrow. It is the time for joy and jubilation, for tomorrow I shall meet the beloved Messenger and his Companions!”

Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960-1975


Author: Edward E. Curtis IV
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807877449
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam came to America's attention in the 1960s and 1970s as a radical separatist African American social and political group. But the movement was also a religious one. Edward E. Curtis IV offers the first comprehensive examination of the rituals, ethics, theologies, and religious narratives of the Nation of Islam, showing how the movement combined elements of Afro-Eurasian Islamic traditions with African American traditions to create a new form of Islamic faith. Considering everything from bean pies to religious cartoons, clothing styles to prayer rituals, Curtis explains how the practice of Islam in the movement included the disciplining and purifying of the black body, the reorientation of African American historical consciousness toward the Muslim world, an engagement with both mainstream Islamic texts and the prophecies of Elijah Muhammad, and the development of a holistic approach to political, religious, and social liberation. Curtis's analysis pushes beyond essentialist ideas about what it means to be Muslim and offers a view of the importance of local processes in identity formation and the appropriation of Islamic traditions.

Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel


Author: Ziad Elmarsafy
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748655662
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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This book will present close readings of three contemporary Arabic novelists - an Egyptian (Gamal Al-Ghitany), an Algerian (Taher Ouettar) and a Touareg Libyan (Ibrahim Al-Koni) - who have all turned to Sufism as a literary strategy aimed at negotiating i

MEN AROUND THE MESSENGER

رجال حول الرسول (ص) [انكليزي]
Author: KHALED MOHAMAD KHALED
Publisher: Dar Al Kotob Al Ilmiyah دار الكتب العلمية
ISBN: 2745139797
Category: Religion
Page: 440
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كتاب في التاريخ الاسلامي وتراجم الصحابة جمع فيه المؤلف قصص عظماء الصحابة بأسلوب أدبي رفيع شيق . ولكنه لم يذكر فيه الخلفاء الأربعة لأنه افرد كل واحد منهم في كتاب فجاء الكتاب عظيما في موضوعه، عظيما في أسلوبه حتى عد من أحسنها أسلوبا وأكثرها جذبا

God, His Prophets and His Children


Author: M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Publisher: The Fellowship Press
ISBN: 9780914390091
Category: Religion
Page: 255
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Indian and Chinese Immigrant Communities

Comparative Perspectives
Author: Jayati Bhattacharya,Coonoor Kripalani
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1783084472
Category: Social Science
Page: 328
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This interdisciplinary collection of essays offers a window onto the overseas Indian and Chinese communities in Asia. Contributors discuss the interactive role of the cultural and religious ‘other’, the diasporic absorption of local beliefs and customs, and the practical business networks and operational mechanisms unique to these communities. Growing out of an international workshop organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and the Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong, this volume explores material, cultural and imaginative features of the immigrant communities and brings together these two important communities within a comparative framework.

Medieval Islamic Civilization: A-K, index


Author: Josef W. Meri
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415966917
Category: Civilization, Islamic
Page: 878
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Anecdotes from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad


Author: Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui
Publisher: Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore USA
ISBN: 1934271276
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 59
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This booklet is intended to give the reader a glimpse into the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's blessings be upon him) whose message is addressed to all mankind and holds good for all times to come. The very nature of this work demands that one should study the different biographies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, his sayings and actions as mentioned in the standard works like Sahih al-Bukhari, Muslim, etc., and make selections therefrom. The choicest and most typical of anecdotes of the Holy Prophet are presented. These will hold the readers' interest and appeal to them.

Parable and Politics in Early Islamic History

The Rashidun Caliphs
Author: Tayeb El-Hibri
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231521650
Category: History
Page: 512
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The story of the succession to the Prophet Muhammad and the rise of the Rashidun Caliphate (632-661) is familiar to historians from the political histories of medieval Islam, which treat it as a factual account. The story also informs the competing perspectives of Sunni and Shi'i Islam, which read into it the legitimacy of their claims. Yet while descriptive and varied, these approaches have long excluded a third reading, which views the conflict over the succession to the Prophet as a parable. From this vantage point, the motives, sayings, and actions of the protagonists reveal profound links to previous texts, not to mention a surprising irony regarding political and religious issues. In a controversial break from previous historiography, Tayeb El-Hibri privileges the literary and artistic triumphs of the medieval Islamic chronicles and maps the origins of Islamic political and religious orthodoxy. Considering the patterns and themes of these unified narratives, including the problem of measuring personal qualification according to religious merit, nobility, and skills in government, El-Hibri offers an insightful critique of both early and contemporary Islam and the concerns of legitimacy shadowing various rulers. In building an argument for reading the texts as parabolic commentary, he also highlights the Islamic reinterpretation of biblical traditions, both by Qur'anic exegesis and historical composition.

World's Great Men of Color


Author: J.A. Rogers
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451650549
Category: History
Page: 448
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The classic, definitive title on the great Black figures in world history, beginning in antiquity and reaching into the modern age. World’s Great Men of Color is the comprehensive guide to the most noteworthy Black personalities in world history and their significance. J.A. Rogers spent the majority of his lifetime pioneering the field of Black studies with his exhaustive research on the major names in Black history whose contributions or even very existence have been glossed over. Well-written and informative, World’s Great Men of Color is an enlightening and important historical work.

Who Is Allah?


Author: Bruce B. Lawrence
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469620049
Category: Religion
Page: 240
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This vivid introduction to the heart of Islam offers a unique approach to understanding Allah, the central focus of Muslim religious expression. Drawing on history, culture, theology, politics, and the media, Bruce B. Lawrence identifies key religious practices by which Allah is revered and remembered, illuminating how the very name of Allah is interwoven into the everyday experience of millions of Muslims. For Muslims, as for adherents of other religions, intentions as well as practices are paramount in one's religious life. Lawrence elucidates how public utterances, together with private pursuits, reflect the emotive, sensory, and intellectual aspirations of the devout. Ranging from the practice of the tongue (speaking) to practices in cyberspace (online religious activities), Lawrence explores how Allah is invoked, defined, remembered, and also debated. While the practice of the heart demonstrates how Allah is remembered in Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, the practice of the mind examines how theologians and philosophers have defined Allah in numerous contexts, often with conflicting aims. The practice of the ear marks the contemporary period, in which Lawrence locates and then assesses competing calls for jihad, or religious struggle, within the cacophony of an immensely diverse umma, the worldwide Muslim community.

What Is a Madrasa?


Author: Ebrahim Moosa
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469620146
Category: Religion
Page: 304
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Taking us inside the world of the madrasa--the most common type of school for religious instruction in the Islamic world--Ebrahim Moosa provides an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand orthodox Islam in global affairs. Focusing on postsecondary-level religious institutions in the Indo-Pakistan heartlands, Moosa explains how a madrasa can simultaneously be a place of learning revered by many and an institution feared by many others, especially in a post-9/11 world. Drawing on his own years as a madrasa student in India, Moosa describes in fascinating detail the daily routine for teachers and students today. He shows how classical theological, legal, and Qur'anic texts are taught, and he illuminates the history of ideas and politics behind the madrasa system. Addressing the contemporary political scene in a clear-eyed manner, Moosa introduces us to madrasa leaders who hold diverse and conflicting perspectives on the place of religion in society. Some admit that they face intractable problems and challenges, including militancy; others, Moosa says, hide their heads in the sand and fail to address the crucial issues of the day. Offering practical suggestions to both madrasa leaders and U.S. policymakers for reform and understanding, Moosa demonstrates how madrasas today still embody the highest aspirations and deeply felt needs of traditional Muslims.

My Name is Bilal


Author: Asma Mobin-Uddin
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 9781590781753
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
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When Bilal and his sister transfer to a school where they are the only Muslims, they must learn how to fit in while staying true to their beliefs and heritage.