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Amrah bint Abdur-Rahman
The great Caliph `Umar ibn ‘Abdul-`Aziz used to say: "If you want to learn Hadith go to Amrah."
Imam Zuhri, "Go to Amrah, she is the vast vessel of Hadith."
Known For: Jurist, a Mufti, and Hadith specialist
Dates: Hijri unknown – d. 98 AH
Common Era unknown – 716 (CE)
Country: Saudi Arabia
Amrah bint Abdur Rahman was amongst the greatest of the female Tabi’een or Successors, the generation that came after that of the companions of the Prophet, peace upon him. She was a jurist, a mufti, and a Hadith specialist
During that time, the Judge of Madinah ruled in a case involving a Christian thief from Syria who had stolen something. The judge had ordered that his hand to be severed. When Amrah bint Abdur Rahman heard of this decision, she immediately told one of her students to go tell the judge that he cannot severe the man’s hand because he had stolen something whose value was less than a single gold coin (dinar). As soon as he heard what Amrah had said, he ordered that the man be released, unharmed.
He did not question her authority, nor did he seek a second opinion from other scholars, who were quite numerous in Madinah at the time. This incident is recorded in the Muwatta’ of Imam Malik, and this ruling is also his opinion in such cases.
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