Meet ‘Bilal’ – muazzin of Grand Mosque of Makkah for four decades
Cii Radio|Ayesha Ismail|26 May 2018|10 Ramadaan 1439
For four decades, Ali Ahmed al-Mulla has been the muazzin of Grand Mosque of Makkah, in a family tradition handed down from one generation to other.
Muazzin Ali is nicknamed ‘Bilal’ of the Grand Mosque of Makkah following in the foot steps of ‘Bilal’ the first Muazzin during Prophet Mohamed time, for his beautiful voice and fascinating stories and tales he talks about during his preaching.
Born in 1945 in Makkah to a family of muezzins at Makkah Grand Mosque, he became the official muazzin in 1975 following the death of his uncle’ son Sheikh Abdullmalak al-Mulla. While his grandfather Sheikh Ali and his father Siddique and both his uncles and two of his cousins preceded doing this job.
Al-Mulla says that the best news he heard was when his father informed him that he will be the muazzin of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, adding that a lot of his friends also encouraged him.
Muazzin al-Mulla said he witnessed in 1979 the incident when prayer at the Grand Mosque was halted for 23 days when the Haram was besieged by Juhayman al-Aoutaibi who occupied the Grand Mosque, and pledged allegiance to the person who claimed to be the Mahdi under the Kaaba.
He added that after the blockade was lifted, he performed the first Azaan during Maghrib prayer in the presence of King Khaled Bin Abdul Aziz.
Source – Al Arabiya