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Bilāl b. Ḥārith
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Bilāl b. Ḥārith, Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān (d. 60/680), was a Companion of the Prophet. His nisba was al-Muzanī, from the Banū Muzayna, which had a lineage going back to Abraham (Ibn Qutayba, 298; Ibn Ḥibbān, 3/28). In Rajab 5/December 626, Bilāl accompanied a group from his own tribe to visit the Prophet and accept Islam (Ibn Saʿd, 1/291; Ibn ʿAsākir, 10/423). Bilāl thereafter lived in the settlement of the Banū Muzayna on the outskirts of Medina (al-Ḥākim al-Nīsābūrī, 3/517), and travelled into the town regularly (Ibn ʿAsākir, 10/422). This is probably how he also earned the nisba al-Madanī (‘t…

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Hasan Elahi-zadeh, Mohammad and Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, “Bilāl b. Ḥārith”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_000000131>
First published online: 2015

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