11. Disciplining the slaves

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- عنه، عن محمد بن خالد الاشعري، عن إبراهيم بن محمد الاشعري، عن عبد الله بن بكير، عن زرارة بن أعين، قال: قلت لابي عبد الله (ع): أصلحك الله ما ترى في ضرب المملوك؟ - قال: ما أتى فيه يديه فلا شئ عليه، وأما ما عصاك فيه فلا بأس، قلت: فكم أضربه؟ - قال: ثلاثة، أربعة، خمسة.

1. From him, from Muhammad Bin Khalid Al Ashary, from Ibrahim, Bin Muhammad Al Ashary, from Abdullah Bin Bakeyr, from Zarara Bin Ayn who said, ‘I said to Abu Abdullah (a.s.), ‘May Allah Keep you (a.s.) well! What is your (a.s.) view regarding hitting the slaves?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘What your hands come upon something, so there is nothing upon it, and as for what is your stick in it, so there is no problem’. I said, So how many (times) can I hit him with?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘Three, four, five’.