As-Sayyid (The Master)


Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

‘Abdullah ibn al Shikhkhīr (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

“I went in the delegation of Banu ‘Āmir to the Prophet (ma y Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). We said: ‘You are our master.’ He said: ‘The Master is Allah Almighty.’ We said: ‘ The best of us in excellence and the greatest of us in generosity.’ He said:‘Say what you like, or some of what you like, but do not let the devil overcome you.’”

[Narrated by Abu Dāwūd; Sahīh (authentic)]

‘Say what you like, or some of what you like, but do not let the devil overcome you.’”

[Narrated by Abu Dāwūd; Sahīh (authentic)]

Linguistically, “As-Sayyid” means one who surpasses others by his forbearance, wealth, status, and usefulness, and who gives his money to right causes.

It is also used to refer to a person who is not overcome by his anger. And it refers to the noble, the king, and the chief.

The master of a slave is his owner, and the master of a woman is her husband. Allah Almighty says:

{...And they found her master (husband) at the door...}

[ Surat Yūsuf: 25]

The master of something is the best and most distinguished in it.

And none possesses perfect mastery and sovereignty but our Lord.


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