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Bilal ibn Rabah

580 - 642

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Bilāl ibn Rabāḥ (Arabic: بِلَال بِن رَبَاح), c. 580–640, was one of the most trusted and loyal Sahabah (companions) of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He was born in Mecca and is considered to have been the first mu'azzin in history, chosen by Muhammad himself. He was a former Abyssinian slave and was known for his voice with which he called people to their prayers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bilal ibn Rabah has received more than 1,400,178 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Bilal ibn Rabah is the 103rd most popular religious figure (up from 173rd in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Saudi Arabia (up from 16th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Saudi Arabian Religious Figure.

Bilal ibn Rabah is the first person to convert to Islam and he is most famous for being the first muezzin.

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Among religious figures, Bilal ibn Rabah ranks 103 out of 2,238Before him are Bernard of Clairvaux, Margaret the Virgin, Francis Xavier, Pope Clement V, Saint Sebastian, and Agatha of Sicily. After him are Albertus Magnus, Pope Pius V, Elizabeth, Esther, Pope Pius III, and Pope Urban VIII.

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Among people born in 580, Bilal ibn Rabah ranks 1After him are Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, 'Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Awf, Maximus the Confessor, Amr ibn al-As, Theophylact Simocatta, Wei Zheng, Abu Darda, Abd-Allah ibn Jahsh, Fabia Eudokia, and George of Pisidia. Among people deceased in 642, Bilal ibn Rabah ranks 2Before him is Khalid ibn al-Walid. After him are Pope John IV, Yeongnyu of Goguryeo, Tulga, Oswald of Northumbria, Pulakeshin II, Tulayha, Cynegils, Aiulf I of Benevento, Domnall Brecc, and Eowa of Mercia.

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Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Bilal ibn Rabah ranks 14 out of 251Before him are Aisha (605), Khadija bint Khuwaylid (556), Salman of Saudi Arabia (1935), Khalid ibn al-Walid (592), Osama bin Laden (1957), and Hasan ibn Ali (624). After him are Muawiyah I (603), Aminah (557), Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (1924), Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib (548), Ibn Saud (1875), and Ja'far al-Sadiq (702).


Among religious figures born in Saudi Arabia, Bilal ibn Rabah ranks 6Before him are Muhammad (570), Ali (601), Abu Bakr (573), Husayn ibn Ali (626), and Hasan ibn Ali (624). After him are Aminah (557), Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib (548), Malik ibn Anas (711), Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib (539), Abd al-Muttalib (497), and Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin (659).