Maliks Muwatta Book 38, Hadith Number 4.

Section : People who Free Slaves and Own No Other Property.

Malik related to me from Rabia ibn Abi Abd ar-Rahman that a man in the time of Aban ibn Uthman’s amirate freed all of his slaves and did not have other property than them. Aban ibn Uthman took charge of the slaves and they were divided into three groups. Then he drew lots on the basis that which ever group drew the dead man’s arrow would be free. The arrow fell to one of the thirds, and that third was freed.

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