Hadith on Slavery: Free Slaves during Solar Eclipses

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 2519
Narrated Asma’ bint Abu Bakr: The Prophet (ﷺ) ordered us to free slaves at the time of solar eclipses.

Releted: Islam and Slavery 

  • Sahih al-Bukhari 2519 narrates that Asma’ bint Abu Bakr reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) commanded the Muslims to free slaves during solar eclipses. This Hadith indicates that Islam commands the liberation of slaves, and this practice was encouraged by the Prophet Muhammad. Slavery existed before Prophet Muhammad, but the Prophet taught the Muslims to buy and free slaves from their owners as much as possible, as an act of kindness and compassion towards humanity. The practice of freeing slaves during solar eclipses was a way of demonstrating obedience to the Prophet’s command and seeking blessings from Allah. It highlights the importance of justice and fairness in Islam, as slavery is considered an unjust and inhumane practice that goes against the principles of Islam.