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Jakarta Post

Bilal: An impressive Muslim warrior saga

  • A.Kurniawan Ulung


Jakarta   /   Sat, May 18 2019   /  02:20 am

An animated feature about a real-life Muslim hero tells us that anyone can be a hero regardless of religion and social background.Bilal ibn Rabah, a native of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), is probably less popular than the other loyal and trusted companions of the Prophet Muhammad, but Bilal: A New Breed of Hero proves that his story is not less interesting.Codirected by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal, the animated film tells the story of real-life slave Bilal who turned from zero to hero in ancient Mecca in the early days of Islam. Having a beautiful voice, he is known as the first muezzin, a person who calls people to pray in Islam.Islam, however, is not the highlight of the Bilal movie because it revolves around Bilal’s journey from slave to a warrior in his quest to end slavery. The words “Islam” and “Muslim” are never even shown in the film.  Bilal begins with the ...