"We in the Black American Muslim community have been waiting on a book like this for more than 40 years since Imam W. Deen Mohammed introduced Bilal to many of us for the first time in 1975! A very well written, compelling narrative that expands the readers' understanding of this great companion of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) beyond what has been commonly shared. A must-read for every Muslim in America, regardless of race or ethnicity." -Imam Amin Nathari - National Representative, Islam in America Movement
"This great book by Hilal and Abdullah Kara was a magnificently astounding pleasure to read, especially in the month of African American History. With each page, I either cried, laughed, or was left in awe of how the lives of Bilal al-Habashi and his friend, and of our Prophet Muhammed Ibn Abdullah, were inextricably linked and how this special bond is reflected in the essence of every human soul. This book is a must read for all who willingly sacrifice and sincerely search for the essential meaning of what it means to be a devoted servant of Allah (G-d), a loyal friend of the Messenger of Allah (G-d) (PBUH), and what true love of them looks like in real life."
- Wahy-ud Deen Shareef, Imam, Masjid Waarith ud Deen