It is narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was once asked:

O Messenger of Allah, who is the most honored person? The Prophet replied: The most honorable among them in the eyes of God is the one who is the most fearful towards God.

They said: This is not what we were asking you. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Then the most honorable of people is Joseph, a prophet of Allah, the son of a prophet of Allah, the son of a prophet of Allah, the son of the friend of Allah.

They said: This is not what we were asking you. The Prophet said: Then you are asking about the minerals of Arabia. People are like minerals in the case of good and evil – just like minerals of gold and silver. Those who were best among them before the advent of Islam would continue to be the best among them after Islam, if they develop a thorough understanding in God’s religion.


  1. Hi– I’d have sent this via email, but I don’t have your email address handy, so —

    a) did you see the Sunday NY Times this past weekend? Interesting article about two quite dissimlar Muslim organizations trying to find their commonalities

    b) for obvious reasons, I thought you might enjoy this —

    Take care, M.

  2. Asalaamu alaykum

    Yes, a very profound hadith. Another translation of the word “ma’aadin” – translated here as minerals – is mines – i.e. people are mines like mines of silver and gold. If we think of mines, it takes years to do the research and investigation to determine the feasibility of mining in region. Millions get spent prior to the first removal of the mineral. It takes work and labour. People too are worthy of work and labour – you need time to work with them. The other aspect of this, is that you remove a lot of rock in order to get that little bit of gold. And it needs high temperatures to purify the mineral from the dross. All of us have that gold inside, it just takes effort to get it out, and sometimes it only comes out after being purified at high temperatures.

  3. I miss you. And I love you for the sake of Allah. May Allah azza wa jal bless you with a place in the highest level of Jannah. Ameen.

  4. hi there! i, with a friend, am putting together a book of essays by muslim american women and i wondered if i could email you the Call for Essays. we would love for you to contribute.

  5. Greetings and Peace to my commenters and silent readers during my absence.

    Umm Luqmaan:
    Time and time again, we see the characteristics both good and bad that a person had before their Islam continue to play an important in who they are after their Islam. Sometimes, it seems people think that Islam completely changes ever aspect of a person’s life and no doubt people do change in some matters but remain the same in other areas.

    Bill: I missed that article, would you happen to have the NYTimes link, thanks for recipe but I’m not that adventurous in the kitchen but it looks delicious.

  6. Asalamu alaykum,

    Nuh: I don’t quite understand what you meant by the “fear of reversion”, feel free to expand upon that if you have the time.

    MashaAllah, awesome that other meaning adds another beautiful dimension to the hadeeth.

    Phoneme: In sha Allah, I’ll look up the reference for you.

    Sahrun: What can one say to that? I love you for the sake of Allah, Ameen to your dua and the same for you and your family. How’s your blog coming along?

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