Bringing Happiness to One’s Heart – Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) Part Thirteen

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) was once seated in his home when his slave girl arrived at the home and wished to enter. After entering the home, she walked past Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) and accidentally stumbled over an inkpot which was placed near him.

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) addressed her saying, “Why do you not look when walking?” Hearing this, she retorted, “When there is no place to walk then how am I supposed to walk?” As soon as she said this, Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) said to her, “You may go, for I have set you free.”

Later on, when Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) was asked why he had set the slave girl free when she angered him, he replied, “If she angered me, then I brought happiness to my heart through my action of setting her free.”

In other words, instead of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) responding with harshness, he emulated the blessed Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) of showing kindness and good character to the one who shows bad character. It was this aspect, of practicing on the sunnah, that brought happiness to the heart of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah).

(Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa 12/452)

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