The Parable of People with Ores

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The Prophet ﷺ analogizes people with ores. That is, they have various types and behaviors. As ores, are also of various types.

Than he ﷺ tells us what kind of people that is best and worst between all of the kind.

A hadith from Abu Hurairah (may Allah blesses him), that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) says:

تجدون الناس معادن‏:‏ خيارهم في الجاهلية خيارهم في الإسلام إذا فقهوا، وتجدون خيار الناس في هذا الشأن أشدهم له كراهية، وتجدون شر الناس ذا الوجهين، الذي يأتي هؤلاء بوجه، وهؤلاء بوجه‏

“People are like ores. Those who were excellent in the Days of Ignorance are excellent in Islam provided they acquire the knowledge and understanding of the religion. You will find the best people in it (Islam) those who had a deep hatred (for leadership). You will find the worst among the people a double-faced person who appears to some people with one face and to others with another face” [al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The best people is the most fear and cautious of matters that relate to public affairs. The worst people is double-faced person who appears to some people with one behaviour and to others with another behaviour, which is inconsistent.


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