On the excellence of a slave who fulfils the right he owes Allah and the right of his masters

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

238. Chapter: On the excellence of a slave who fulfils the right he owes Allah and the right of his masters

1362. Ibn 'Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "When a slave gives good advice to his master and worships his Lord well, he has his reward twice over." [Agreed upon]

1363. Abu Hurayra said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'A virtuous owned slave has two rewards.' By the One who has the soul of Abu Hurayra in His hand, were it not for jihad in the way of Allah, the hajj, and devotion to my mother, I would like to die as a slave." [Agreed upon]

1364. Abu Musa al-Ash'ari reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "A slave who worships his Lord well and gives his master the right which he owes him, and good advice and obedience has two rewards." [al-Bukhari]

1365. Abu Musa reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Three people will have a double reward: a man of the People of the Book who believes both in his Prophet and in Muhammad, a slave who fulfils his duty to both Allah and his master, and a man who has a slave-girl whom he teaches adab (i.e. good manners) so that she has good adab and educated her in the best possible way and then frees her and marries her. He has two rewards." [Agreed upon]