Author Archive: Abu Amina Elias

Abu Amina Elias (Justin Parrott) is a Muslim writer, teacher, and translator and a research fellow for Yaqeen Institute.

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Umar on Servants: How can you prefer yourselves over your servants?

April 17, 2018

Ibn Abbas reported: Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, passed by some people one day who were eating while their servants were standing. Umar said, “Why do I not see your servants eating with you? Do you not desire them?” A man said, “No, by Allah, O leader of the faithful. Rather, […]

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Salman on Servants: Salman helps his servant with the house chores

April 17, 2018

Abu Qilabah reported: A man entered the home of Salman, may Allah be pleased with him, while he was kneading dough. The man said, “What is this?” Salman said, “We sent out the servant on an errand and we dislike for him to have two tasks at once.” Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 657 عَنْ أَبِي قِلابَةَ […]

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

April 17, 2018

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: Zanba Abu 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 […]

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Hadith on Prayer: Protect prayer from disruption with a barrier

April 15, 2018

Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If one of you stands for prayer, he is screened by a barrier (sutrah) if there is an object before him like the back of saddle. If there is nothing like the back of a saddle before him, his prayer is […]

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Hadith on Supplication: Allah is too shy to turn away a sincere prayer

April 13, 2018

Salman al-Farsi reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah is shy and generous. He would be ashamed, when a man raises his hands to him, to turn them away empty and unfulfilled.” Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3556 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani عَنْ سَلْمَانَ الْفَارِسِيِّ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ […]

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Hadith on Sun: The sun is under the control of the Almighty

April 8, 2018

Abu Dharr reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said to him when the sun had set, “Do you know where it has gone?” Abu Dharr said, “Allah and his messenger know best.” The Prophet said, “Verily, it has gone until it prostrates under the Throne. It seeks permission to rise and it […]

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Ibn Sireen on Rulers: Your sins are worse for you than the ruler’s greatest crimes

April 7, 2018

‘Awf reported: I entered the home of Ibn Sireen, may Allah have mercy on him, and I began discussing the sins of the ruler Al-Hajjaj. Ibn Sireen said, “Verily, Allah Almighty is a just judge. Just as he passes judgment against Al-Hajjaj, he will pass judgment in favor of Al-Hajjaj. If you were to meet […]

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Hadith on Women: The best men are best in character to women

April 5, 2018

Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best of you are those who are best to women.” Source: al-Mustadrak ‘alá al-Ṣaḥīḥayn 7407 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani Al-San’ani said, “It is likely that it includes daughters, sisters, and other women like them.” Source: al-Tanwīr Sharḥ al-Jāmi’ al-Ṣaghīr 6/33 […]

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Sufyan on Excellence: If public and private are equal, it is justice

April 4, 2018

Al-Mada’ini reported: Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “If one’s inner self is equal to one’s public self, that is justice. If one’s inner self is better than one’s public self, that is excellence. If one’s public self is better than one’s inner self, that is transgression.” Source: al-Murū’ah 34 عن […]

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Hadith on Greed: If meat did not decay, the rich would hoard it all

April 4, 2018

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Were is not for the children of Israel, meat would not spoil. Were it not for Eve, a wife would not betray her husband.” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 3152, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1470 Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim Ibn […]

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