One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Malaysia) a muezzin.
- ‘The bilal calls the faithful to prayer, and the imam leads them in prayer.’
- ‘The bilal was reciting some verses from the Quran when I woke up this morning. 5.40 a.m.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is part of the bilal's duties also to look after the mosque.’
- ‘Their appointed imams and bilals (not all, perhaps) are, after all are of their kinds.’
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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