Let us introduce you to the key people behind the Islamic faith and find out who we named our clocks after.
Get to grips with the basics behind our religion. Learn about the early history, the basic Islamic beliefs, the Qu’ran and where Muslims pray.FIND OUT MORE
The 5 Pillars of Islam
The Pillars help strengthen a Muslim’s faith, show their obedience to God and will be brought into every part of their life - from morals and manners to food and dress.FIND OUT MORE
Allah is God
He can’t be seen or heard, but he has always existed and will always exist. He knows everything and can do anything. He has no children, parents or partners. There is no God his equal, lesser or superior. He rewards those who do good and punishes with mercy.
Allah can be approached by praying and reciting the Qur’an.
God sent a number of Prophets to humankind to teach them how to live according to his law. The final Prophet was Muhammad. He was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in 571.
He was a deeply spiritual man spending much time in meditation and during his life he received several revelations from God. It is these revelations which are written in the holy book, the Qur’an.
The most popular story is that of Muhammad and the angel Gabriel. One night, in 610 C.E., Muhammad was meditating in a cave when the angel Gabriel visited him and ordered him to recite prayers. When Allah’s name was mentioned, Muhammad began to recite words which he realised were the words of God. For the rest of his life Muhammad continued to receive these revelations and, believing that God had chosen him as his messenger, began to preach. People came from miles around to hear what he had to say. However, those in power in Mecca didn’t look so favourably upon Muhammad, so he took his followers on a journey from Mecca to Medina in 622 C.E.. This event was seen as so important for Islam that 622 C.E. is the year in which the Islamic calendar begins. Within ten years, Muhammad had so many followers that he was able to return and conquer Mecca. From this time on the faithful saw him as the true and final Prophet of God. Muhammad continued to lead his community until his death in 632 C.E., at the age of 63.
Belal, the virtuous companion of Muhammad
We have chosen the name ‘Belal’ for our prayer time clocks to honour the memory of the Prophet Muhammad’s virtuous companion. He was one of the first people to accept Islam and devote himself to Allah’s cause. He possessed a clear and resonant voice so became the Prophet’s first Muezzin, making the daily call for prayers known as the Adhan.