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There is no proof that the sun was held back from setting until Bilaal ibn Rabaah gave the adhaan.

Published: 25/05/2011 02:10:00 PM GMT
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I have heard lot of people saying especially in India that once Hazrat Bilal(May Allah be pleased with him), due to some sahabas complaining about his voice or his pronunciation in Adhan asked the permission for someone else to call the Adhan(Fajr). After he called people got worried as lot of time had passed but the sun didnt rise like normal. So they went to Prophet(Peace be upon him), told him the same & he replied that Allah has ordered the sun not to rise until Bilal gives the Call to Adhan.
Please let me know if there is any authentic Source where this incident of sun not rising because of Bilal(May Allah be pleased with him)is mentioned.


Praise be to Allaah.

There is no proof that the sun was held back for anyone except the Prophet of Allah Yoosha‘ ibn Noon (peace be upon him). In fact the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) stated that this did not happen to anyone other than Yoosha‘ ibn Noon. That is seen in the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), according to which the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “One of the Prophets went out on a campaign… and he approached a town at the time of ‘Asr prayer, or close to that time. He said to the sun: You are under the command of Allaah and I am under the command of Allaah. O Allaah, halt it for me for a while. So it was halted for him until Allaah granted him victory.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3124) and Muslim (1747). 

In the version narrated by Imam Ahmad in al-Musnad (14/65) it says: 

“The sun was not held back for any person except Yoosha‘ on the day he was marching to Jerusalem. 

Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

This indicates that the sun was not held back for anyone except for Yoosha‘ (peace be upon him). This is indicative of the weakness of the reports which suggest that happened for anyone else. 

It is appropriate to quote what we have come across concerning that… 

Then the shaykh (may Allah have mercy on him) mentioned what has been narrated about the same being held back for people other than Yoosha‘ ibn Noon (peace be upon him) and explained what is wrong with these reports. Then he said: 

To sum up, there is no saheeh report about the sun being held back at all except this saheeh hadeeth. End quote. 

Al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (no. 202) 

To conclude, we have not come across any basis for the story about the sun being held back from rising until Bilaal gave the adhaan, in any saheeh or da‘eef report, or even in any fabricated (mawdoo‘) hadeeth that is known. 

It is not permissible to speak of such things except on the basis of sound proof and evidence. Otherwise it is speculation, and speaking about Allah without knowledge. 

And Allah knows best.

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