Bilal an Ethiopian, Made a Slave By Arab People

“Bilal was an Ethiopian and he was made a slave by Arab people. And it was the Arab people who freed him. Isn’t that a beautiful parallel? We were made slaves by the Christians, Caucasians of the West—Europe and America. And it was the Chris­tian Caucasian who said, these people have to be freed. It was a heathen, idolatrous slave-master that held Bilal. But it was a dignified man con­verted from idolatry, a man by the name of Abu-Bakr, an Arab who became the first ruler after the passing of the Great Prophet, the Universal Pro­phet, Muhammed. May peace be upon him and all the righteous servants.”
“Abu-Bakr went and paid the slave-master who owned Bilal, the ransom money. He demanded a big price, more than what was ordinarily asked for slaves, but Abu-Bakr paid the price anyway, and bought the freedom of Bilal. Later, in the history, Bilal was sad and weeping. He didn’t want to stay around Mecca and Medina because those places reminded him of his beloved friend—his emanci­pator, Prophet Muhammed, the Prophet of Arabia sent to all the worlds.”
“Bilal told Abu-Bakr, “I can’t stay here any longer, I want to leave.” He decided that he was going to Syria—and you know, Syria is a country where the people are not of a dark hue. Their skins are not Kentucky-coal black. Their skin looks very much like Caucasian skin. In fact, by scientific description or definition they are called Caucasians—the Syrian people. But Bilal wanted to go there. And Bilal expressed this desire to Abu-Bakr who was the Khalifah (Ruler). When he paid the ransom to free Bilal, he wasn’t the ruler. He was just one paying to buy Bilal’s freedom; and now Abu-Bakr didn’t want to let Bilal go. Bilal put this question to him, he said: “Have you freed me that I should be the servant of Allah, or have you freed me that I should be your servant?”
“Oh, that’s prophetic, that’s prophetic. Isn’t that what we have been saying to the North now for more than 100 years since Abraham Lincoln, the Caucasian man who freed us from the physical slave grip of the South? Isn’t that what we have been saying to the northern American: Have you freed me that I should be your servant, or have you freed me that I can be free as all other human beings are free?”

“Study the history of Bilal, and if you don’t see a prophetic figure resembling us—the whole people —a figure speaking to our problems and to our beautiful destiny, that we are not free to be pos­sessed again by the one who freed us. We are free to go independently for ourselves as all other peo­ple are free to do. Bilal went to Syria, married there and he was buried there. The Syrians built a masjid there–a mausoleum for Bilal. When the Syrian president and the Muslim community of Syria got the news that I had named our race Bilalians, they got busy to build a new masjid, a new mausoleum for Bilal.”
“I don’t care what religion I believed in—I don’t care if I believed in something so foreign to what we believe in that it made me look like I didn’t come from the same planet that the Muslims come from, knowing that we share one painful history, and one glorious rise from that history, and we share one enduring spirit—the spirit to endure in­human treatment, and yet stand up as human beings and tell the inhuman racist his shame.”
“A people reduced to inhuman existence for three centuries—rise up every time they are slain or crucified or lynched or shot down. Rise up the next morning and say: you should be ashamed of yourself, you inhuman slave-master. You torturing racist. Oh, I’m telling you, that’s a thing to be proud of. We are a people that have been birthed in the fire-tempered in the fire and made rigid as a human being with a human spirit. And there is no diamond tool, there is no tool to break our rigidity. There is nothing to destroy our human form, be­cause G-d has tempered us and formed us never to be broken.”

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