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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 32
12 Muharram 1435/16 November 2013

When Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) went to Jerusalem for the first time, he sent a message to the generals of the Muslim armies. They were to appoint their second-in-command in their places and to travel to Jabia to meet him. They all came. The first to come to meet him were Yazid bin Abi Sufyan, Abu Ubaydah and Khalid (Radiallahu anhum). All of them were dressed in silken clothing. When Umar (Radiallahu anhu) saw them he dismounted. In anger he picked up stones and threw it at them, shouting at them:

“Is it not shameful that so soon you have changed from your previous condition and now come to meet me like this? It is but a mere two years that have passed and this is what has already happened!! Even if after leadership of two hundred years you change and become like this, I will surely appoint other commanders in your places!” The commanders replied: “0 Ameerul Mumineen, it may be as you say, but be assured that under these clothes we are wearing our battle dress and weapons.” (Tabari)

The question of wearing silk clothing is a discussion on its own. There are even some cases when its use is permissible.

When Maysaan was conquered Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) appointed Numaan bin Adee (Radiallahu anhu) as its governor. Numaan (Radiallahu anhu) intended taking his wife with him to Maysaan but she would not go. Later (in order to encourage her to join him there) he sent her a letter wherein in lines of poetry he praised the luxuries and the pleasures and joys of life there. In this letter in poetic metaphorical terms he even praised the wine and the beautiful wine-goblets found there.

Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) came to hear of this letter. He sent a letter to Numaan (Radiallahu anhu). In it he first of all quoted the first four verses from Surah Ghaafir:

“The Forgiver of sins, who accepts repentance (and) is strict in punishment And hath a long reach (in all things). There is no Allah but He, to Him is the final goal.” (40.3)

Then he continued: “Certain lines of poetry written by you have reached me. Please know that I have dismissed you from office.”

Later Numaan appeared before Hazrat Umar (Radiallahu anhu) and said: “I swear by Allah that I have never drunk a drop of wine. Whatever was by me, was only written in poetic fashion.”

Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) replied: “I believe you. That is also the good thoughts I believed about you and your character. However never again I will make you governor of any land.” (Majmau -Buldan)

Such was the righteous attitude and so-called “narrow mindedness” of these predecessors of ours. And in the pages of Islamic history you will surely find many more examples thereof.

But let it be known that this was the cause for their progress in both the spiritual and mundane fields. Whenever there was any slip, they suffered some form of loss. About this you have already read above.

Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 129-131 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

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The Majlis of Hazrat Mufti Radhaulhaq Sahib DB  will take place on Sunday in Lenasia at the Rainbow Masjid. Majlis will start at 6:30am Insha-Allah.

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