It was narrated that Jaabir said: When the emigrants who had crossed the sea came back to the Messenger of Allah, he said: “Why don’t you tell me of the strange things that you saw in the land of Ethiopia?”

Some young men among them said: Yes, O Messenger of Allah. Whilst we were sitting, one of their elderly nuns came past, carrying a vessel of water on her head. She passed by some of their youths, one of whom placed his hand between her shoulders and pushed her. She fell on her knees and her vessel broke. When she stood up, she turned to him and said: You will come to know, O traitor, when Allah sets up the Footstool and gathers the first and the last, and hands and feet speak of what they used to earn. You will come to know how you and I stand before Him.

The Messenger of Allah said: “She spoke the truth, she spoke the truth. How can Allah purify any people (of sin) when they do not support their weak and oppressed ones against the strong?”

Narrated by Ibn Maajah (4010); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah (3255).