One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Malaysia) a muezzin.
- ‘Their appointed imams and bilals (not all, perhaps) are, after all are of their kinds.’
- ‘The bilal calls the faithful to prayer, and the imam leads them in prayer.’
- ‘Such was his role in the early days of Islam that we honour him to this day by designating one of the principal mosque officials as the Bilal.’
- ‘The bilal was reciting some verses from the Quran when I woke up this morning. 5.40 a.m.’
- ‘It is part of the bilal's duties also to look after the mosque.’
Malay, from Arabic Bilal, the first name of an Abyssinian slave appointed as the first muezzin following Muhammad's pilgrimage to Mecca in 629.
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