To answer this question one might need to know who Bilal was: Bilal was a loyal companion of Prophet Muhammad; Bilal born an African slave was one of the first people to embrace the religion of Islam. As a slave Bilal’s master pushed him to the brink of death to get him to renounce his Islamic beliefs; Bilal never budged on his stance. Prophet Muhammad received word of Bilal’s treatment and arranged for his freedom. As a free African Muslim, Bilal dedicated his life to the establishment of Islam and later became the first person to ever make the iconic call to prayer made by Muslims daily all around the world. African Americans in our plight for equality can learn from the strength and dedication of Bilal and become the voice that calls the world to stand for equality.
The purpose of Be Bilal is to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Through social-action movements, we will be the ones to call attention to the inequalities and injustices against African Americans in the United States of America. We will call to attention the responsibilities of the African American community and the true power they hold in American society. We will teach African Americans how to hold the officials they vote into office accountable. We will lead African Americans to economic empowerment through financial education and business development. We will produce healthy African American families and strengthen our educational facilities. We will do these things and more over the lifetime of this organization.
The fight for equality cannot be accomplished through the efforts of African Americans and Muslims alone. To reach our goals people of all nationalities and religions will need to Be Bilal.