al-Hakam (The Ruler)


On the authority of Haani’ Ibn Yazeed (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) enquired about a nickname the people gave him (Haani’), Abul-Hakam, saying:
“Verily, Allaah is al-Hakam, and rulings are all His (Right). So then why have you been nicknamed Abul-Hakam?”
Refer to Saheeh Sunan Abee Daawood (4955).
Exemplary principles concerning the beautiful names of Allaah.
Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen D. 1421 H
Translated by Moosaa Richardson
Revised 2nd Edition with additional commentary.

It was narrated from Shuraih bin Hani’ from his father, that:

When he came to the Messenger of Allah [SAW] and he heard them calling Hani’ by the nickname of Abu Al-Hakam, the Messenger of Allah [SAW] called him and said to him: “Allah is Al-Hakam (the Judge) and judgment is His. Why are you known as Abu Al-Hakam?” He said: “If my people differ concerning something, they come to me, and I pass judgment among them, and both sides accept it.” He said: “How good this is. Do you have any children?” He said: “I have Shuraih, and ‘Abdullah, and Muslim.” He said: “Who is the eldest of them?” He said: “Shuraih.” He said: “Then you are Abu Shuraih,” and he supplicated for him and his son.

أَخْبَرَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا يَزِيدُ، وَهُوَ ابْنُ الْمِقْدَامِ بْنِ شُرَيْحٍ ‏{‏عَنْ أَبِيهِ،‏}‏ عَنْ شُرَيْحِ بْنِ هَانِئٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، هَانِئٍ أَنَّهُ لَمَّا وَفَدَ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم سَمِعَهُ وَهُمْ يَكْنُونَ هَانِئًا أَبَا الْحَكَمِ فَدَعَاهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ لَهُ ‏”‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ الْحَكَمُ وَإِلَيْهِ الْحُكْمُ فَلِمَ تُكَنَّى أَبَا الْحَكَمِ ‏”‏‏.‏ فَقَالَ إِنَّ قَوْمِي إِذَا اخْتَلَفُوا فِي شَىْءٍ أَتَوْنِي فَحَكَمْتُ بَيْنَهُمْ فَرَضِيَ كِلاَ الْفَرِيقَيْنِ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ مَا أَحْسَنَ مِنْ هَذَا فَمَا لَكَ مِنَ الْوُلْدِ ‏”‏‏.‏ قَالَ لِي شُرَيْحٌ وَعَبْدُ اللَّهِ وَمُسْلِمٌ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ فَمَنْ أَكْبَرُهُمْ ‏”‏‏.‏ قَالَ شُرَيْحٌ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ فَأَنْتَ أَبُو شُرَيْحٍ ‏”‏‏.‏ فَدَعَا لَهُ وَلِوَلَدِهِ‏.‏

Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)
Reference: Sunan an-Nasa’i 5387
In-book reference: Book 49, Hadith 9
English translation: Vol. 6, Book 49, Hadith 5389