The Meaning of People Being of Various Qualities of Metals before and after Islam


Question to Shaikh Ibn Bāz, may Allāh have mercy on him:

His ﷺ saying, “People are maʿādin [metals of various quality]”: is [that] specific to their lineages or their deeds?


[They are] maʿādin in [terms of] deeds and character traits. The best of them during [their] times of ignorance are the best of them when [they come] into Islam—if they gain understanding [of the religion].

Maʿādin: Among them are the cowardly and among them, the miserly; among them, the generous and noble of character; and among them, those who are strong about Allāh’s commands; and among them, those who are weak.

So the best of them during [their] times of ignorance: this is [regarding] people of generosity and noble character; of support to the oppressed and help to those in distress and poverty. These are the ones who are the best of people during [their] times of ignorance, and they are the best of people [when they come] into Islam, even if one used to be a black slave.

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Translator: Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff
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Date published: November 1st, 2022
Last updated: November 9th, 2022