Hadith on Cruelty: The Prophet prohibits cruelty to slaves and servants

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: Zanba Abi Rawh found his servant boy with a servant girl, so he maimed his nose and castrated him. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, came and he said, “Who did this to you?” The boy said, “Zanba.” The Prophet summoned him and he said, “What made you do this?” Zanba said, “He was misbehaving in such a way.” The Prophet said to the slave, “Go, for you are free.” Zanba said, “Am I not his guardian?” The Prophet said, “His guardian is Allah and his messenger.”

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 6671

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِي أَنَّ زِنْبَاعًا أَبَا رَوْحٍ وَجَدَ غُلَامًا لَهُ مَعَ جَارِيَةٍ لَهُ فَجَدَعَ أَنْفَهُ وَجَبَّهُ فَأَتَى النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ مَنْ فَعَلَ هَذَا بِكَ قَالَ زِنْبَاعٌ فَدَعَاهُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ مَا حَمَلَكَ عَلَى هَذَا فَقَالَ كَانَ مِنْ أَمْرِهِ كَذَا وَكَذَا فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لِلْعَبْدِ اذْهَبْ فَأَنْتَ حُرٌّ فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ فَمَوْلَى مَنْ أَنَا قَالَ مَوْلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ

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