Could you please mention the source of this statement attributed to Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu):
“Do not be someone’s slave when Allah has created you free.”
Imam Mawardi (rahimahullah) has cited this narration as an advice of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) which he offered to his son Sayyiduna Hasan (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
(Adabud Dunya wad Din, pg. 537/538)
I have not come across a chain of narrators.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar