10 Benefits From The Hadeeth Of The Slave Girl

Muawiyah bin Al-Hakam As-Salmi said:

“I had a slave-girl who used to herd sheep for me. One day I discovered that a wolf had killed one of her sheep, and I’m a man from the children of Adam, I get upset like they get upset, and I slapped her in the face.

Then I went to the Prophet who impressed upon me the seriousness of my act.

I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, should I not set her free?

He said, ‘Bring her to me.

He (then) asked her, ‘Where is Allah?

She said (and in one narration, ‘while pointing up towards the sky…’), ‘He is above the heavens.

He said, ‘Who am I?

She said, ‘You are the Messenger of Allah.

He said, ‘Free her, for she is a believer.

[Muslim and Abu Dawud]

Among the benefits inherent to this hadith (as mentioned by Muhammad bin Jamil Zeno in ‘The Pillars of Islam and Iman’- pub. Maktaba Dar-as-Salaam) are:

1) The Companions of the Prophet used to refer to him all of their problems, whether minor or major. Hence, all issues for judgment should be referred to Allah and His Messenger, acting upon the Statement of Allah :

But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Mohammed) a judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission.” [4: 65]

2) The Prophet reproached the Companion for slapping the slave-girl and considered it a serious matter.

3) Belief is a condition for freeing a slave and since the Prophet allowed her to be free, she had to be judged a believer by the Prophet otherwise she would continue to be a slave.

4) The necessity of asking about Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism); and part of it is the belief that Allah is above His Throne, knowledge of this being mandatory.

5) The legitimacy of asking “Where is Allah?”; the fact that asking such is actually Sunnah, since the Prophet himself did not hesitate asking about it.

6) The obligation of replying that Allah is above the heavens, since the Prophet affirmed the reply of the slave girl and it also goes along with the Statement of Allah in the Quran:

Do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven (Allah), will not cause the earth to sink with you?” [67: 16]

7) The correctness of Belief includes the testimony that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

8) The belief that Allah is above the heaven indicates soundness of one’s Belief, and it is mandatory on every believer to accept this position.

9) The refutation of the erroneous belief that Allah is in every place by His Essence. The truth is that Allah is with us by His Knowledge not by His Supreme Self.

10) The fact that the Prophet ordered for the slave-girl to be brought to her to allow him to test her shows that he did not possess the knowledge of the unseen [except of what Allah informed him. This refutes the claim of many Sufis and other Muslims that the Prophet had complete knowledge of the unseen].


Among the other points of benefit is that this narration affirms that one can point upwards when asked the question, “Where is Allaah?” contrary to the ‘beliefs’ of the Ash’arees who say otherwise.

I even had one Ash’aree say to me that only a ‘jaahil’ (ignoramus)  will point upwards! Or to quote his exact words:

“The sharia does not oblige us to ask where Allah is (1), Allah (swt) is not attributed with “where-ness” to begin with (2), only a jahil points his finger thinking his Lord is in the direction of it (3)! Subhan Allah!”

(1) The hadeeth of the slave girl confirms the opposite of what he is saying here…

(2) Again, the hadeeth os the slave girl affirms the question as a part of our ‘Aqeedah.

(3) So the Prophet (saw) was jaahil?! Did not the Prophet (saw) used to point upwards during his khutbahs? Did not the Prophet (saw) point upwards in his farewell Hajj while saying, ‘O Allaah, bare witness’?

Allaahu Akbar, look at the ignorance of some!

SubhaanAllaah, its quite funny, as I’m kicked out of that forum for refuting their beliefs and spreading ‘doubt’ about the validity of their Ash’aree ‘Aqeedah, lol. It actually said, when I tried logging on, “Date ban will be lifted: Never“. lol, how sweet of them…


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