Friday, October 5, 2012



One of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) Jabir Ibn Abdullah narrated,

"One day, people passed by carrying a corpse. The Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (p.b.u.h) stood up. We also did so.

Later, we said: 'O Messenger of Allah! It was the corpse of a Jew!'

He responded: 'IS HE NOT ALSO A HUMAN?' "

(Bukhâri,  Riqâq,26 ; Muslim,  Fadâil,17)

One day, the Messenger of Allah remembered a black slave and asked about him:

"What has happened to that person? I have not seen him for a while."

"He died, O Messenger of Allah." they responded.

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) reprimanded them:

"Why didn't you let me know?"

The companions then told Him what had happened to that slave. They had not considered the incident very important or thought it an unusual event. The Messenger of Allah said:

"Show me his grave!"

Then He went to his grave and prayed the funeral prayer.

(Bukhâri, Salât,72 ; Muslim, Janâiz,71 ; Abû Dâwûd, Janâiz,57 ; Ibn Mâjah, Janâiz,32 ; Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, al-Musnad, II, 353,388)

The Messenger of Allah never agreed with the abuse of slaves. He said that:

"Those who abuse their slaves cannot enter Paradise."

(Tirmidhî, Birr,29 ; Ibn Mâjah,Adab,10 ; Ahmad b. Hanbal, al-Musnad, I,7 ; Tabarânî, al-Mu'jam al-Awsat,IX, 124 ; Abû Ya'lâ, al-Musnad, I, 94)

The mercy of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) toward the slaves reached such a level that he refused to refer to them as "slave" or "maid", instead he advised and commanded Muslims to refer to them as "my son" or "my daughter".

(Bukhârî, Itk,17 ; Muslim, Alfaz, 13,15 ; Abû Dâwûd, Adab,75 ; Ahmad b. Hanbal, al-Musnad, II, 316,423)


p.b.u.h : peace be upon Him.

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