Hazrat Belal (R.) was a true muslim. He was an African. So his skin was black, but his heart was bright. He accepted
Islam. Islam made him a nobel man. Hazrat Belal (R.) was a slave. His master was Umaiya. He was a cruel Kafir.
He tortured Belal heartlessly. He made him lie down on the hot sand of the desert. He also placed heavy Stone on
Belal's chest. He would say to Belal, ‘Give up Islam, than I shall set you free'. In reply Belal said, ‘Ahad,Ahad'-Allah is one
and unique. Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.) saw this cruelty. He was moved by his plight. He bought Belal (R.) from Umaiya and set
him free. This Belal (R.) is the first muazzin of islam. His voice was so sweet. Allah and His Rasul Muhammad (S.M.)
loved him much for his sacrifices for Islam.