Hadith on Revenge: The companions did not take revenge against the innocent

April 10, 2016

Abu Huraira reported: The tribe of Harith ibn Amir had purchased Khubaib, may Allah be pleased with him, as he had killed Harith during the battle of Badr, so they took him as a prisoner until they agreed they would execute him. Khubaib wanted to borrow a razor from the daughter of Harith so he could shave and she allowed it. A small boy of hers drew close to Khubaib while she was unaware, then she came to him and found Khubaib with the boy in his lap and the razor in his hand. She became terrified and he noticed her fear. Khubaib said, “Are you afraid that I would kill him? I would never do that.” She said, “By Allah, I have never seen a prisoner behave better than Khubaib.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 3767

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Whoever has the habit of taking revenge and is never patient, then he will certainly commit injustice as the soul tends to be unsatisfied with the measure of justice it requires… Indeed, a person releases his anger to the point that he cannot reason in what he says or does.”

Source: Qā’idat fi al-Ṣabr 1/102

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ ابْتَاعَ بَنُو الْحَارِثِ بْنِ عَامِرِ بْنِ نَوْفَلٍ خُبَيْبًا رضي الله عنه وَكَانَ خُبَيْبٌ هُوَ قَتَلَ الْحَارِثَ بْنَ عَامِرٍ يَوْمَ بَدْرٍ فَلَبِثَ خُبَيْبٌ عِنْدَهُمْ أَسِيرًا حَتَّى أَجْمَعُوا لِقَتْلِهِ فَاسْتَعَارَ مِنْ ابْنَةِ الْحَارِثِ مُوسًى يَسْتَحِدُّ بِهَا فَأَعَارَتْهُ فَدَرَجَ بُنَيٌّ لَهَا وَهِيَ غَافِلَةٌ حَتَّى أَتَتْهُ فَوَجَدَتْهُ مُخْلِيًا وَهُوَ عَلَى فَخْذِهِ وَالْمُوسَى بِيَدِهِ فَفَزِعَتْ فَزْعَةً عَرَفَهَا فِيهَا فَقَالَ أَتَخْشَيْنَ أَنْ أَقْتُلَهُ مَا كُنْتُ لِأَفْعَلَ ذَلِكَ قَالَتْ وَاللَّهِ مَا رَأَيْتُ أَسِيرًا قَطُّ خَيْرًا مِنْ خُبَيْبٍ

3767 صحيح البخاري كتاب المغازي باب فضل من شهد بدرا

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