Hadith on Freedom: The Prophet encourages freeing slaves, prisoners

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said to Abu al-Haytham, “Do you have a servant?” He said no. The Prophet said, “If we receive prisoners of war, come to us.” Then, the Prophet had with him two prisoners. He came and the Prophet said, “Choose between them.” He said, “O Messenger of Allah, choose for me.” The Prophet said, “Verily, one who is consulted is in a position of trust. Take this one as a servant, for I have seen him praying. I enjoin you to treat him well.” His wife said to him, “You will not fulfill what the Prophet said about him unless you free him.” He said, “Then he is emancipated.”

Source: al-Adab al-Mufrad 250

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لأَبِي الْهَيْثَمِ هَلْ لَكَ خَادِمٌ قَالَ لا قَالَ فَإِذَا أَتَانَا سَبْيٌ فَأْتِنَا فَأُتِيَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِرَأْسَيْنِ لَيْسَ مَعَهُمَا ثَالِثٌ فَأَتَاهُ أَبُو الْهَيْثَمِ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اخْتَرْ مِنْهُمَا قَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ اخْتَرْ لِي فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ الْمُسْتَشَارَ مُؤْتَمَنٌ خُذْ هَذَا فَإِنِّي رَأَيْتُهُ يُصَلِّي وَاسْتَوْصِ بِهِ خَيْرًا فَقَالَتِ امْرَأَتُهُ مَا أَنْتَ بِبَالِغٍ مَا قَالَ فِيهِ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِلا أَنْ تُعْتِقَهُ قَالَ فَهُوَ عَتِيقٌ

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