O enemy of Allah and enemy of His Book, you stole Allah’s wealth? (‘Umar told Abu Hurairah)

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O enemy of Allah and enemy of His Book, you stole Allah’s wealth? (‘Umar told Abu Hurairah)

 

يا عدو الله و عدو كتابه سرفت مال الله

O enemy of Allah and enemy of His Book, you stole Allah’s wealth?

 

This narration is in connection to Sayyidina ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhu appointing Sayyidina Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu over Bahrain. The narration continues:

 

فقلت ما أنا عدو الله و عدو كتابه و لكني عدو من عاداك و ما سرقت مال الله قال فمن أين اجتمعت لك عشرة آلاف قال فقلت خيل تناتجت و عطايا تلاحقت و سهام تتابعت قال فقبضها مني فلما صليت الصبح استغفرت لأمير المؤمنين

I said, “I am not the enemy of Allah and the enemy of His Book. But I am the enemy of the one who harbours enmity for you. And I did not steal Allah’s wealth.”

He shouted, “So from where did you gather 10 000?”

He explained, “Horses that gave birth, gifts that followed in close succession, and arrows that came one after the other.”

He says, “‘Umar took it from me. After I performed Fajr, I sought forgiveness for Amir al Mu’minin.”

 

Another narration says:

 

إني استعملتك على البحرين و أنت بلا نعلين ثم بلغني أنك ابتعت أفراس بألف دينار و ستمائة دينار قال كانت لنا أفراس تناتجت و عطايا تلاحقت قال حسبت لك رزقك و مؤنتك و هذا فضل فأده قال ليس لك ذلك قال بلى والله و أوجع ظهرك ثم قام إليه بالدرة فضربه حتى أدماه ثم قال ائت بها قال أحتسبها عند الله قال ذلك لو أخذتها من حلال و أديتها طائعا أجئت من أقصى حجر البحرين يجبي الناس لك لا لله و لا للمسلمين ما رجعت بك أميمة إلا لرعية الحمر

‘Umar said, “I appointed you over Bahrain when you had no shoes. Then it reaches me that you bought horses for 1000 gold coins and 600 gold coins.”

He explained, “We had horses which gave birth and gifts that followed in close succession.”

‘Umar said, “Enough for you is your food and expenses. Give back the surplus.”

He said, “That is not for you.”

He shouted, “Definitely by Allah. And I will whip your back.”

He then approached him with the whip and hit him until he bled. He then said, “Bring it.”

Abu Hurairah said, “I hope in its reward from Allah.”

‘Umar shouted, “This is if you took it from halal and gave it with obedience. Did you come from the furthest rock of Bahrain, collecting taxes from the people for yourself and not for Allah and the Muslims? I will not return you as a small leader except to herd donkeys.”

 

The narration which speaks about whipping him is reported without any isnad. That which has no sanad, has no value. The Rawafid added it to their books since it conforms to their ideology of badmouthing Sayyidina Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu.

 

قال فمن أين هي لك قلت خيل نتجت و غلة رقيق لي و أعطية تتابعت علي فنظروا فوجدوه كما قال

He asked, “So from where did you get this?”

I explained, “Horses gave birth, the income of my slave, and gifts that followed in succession.”

They examined and found it to be as he said.

 

This is not all. Sayyidina ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhu thereafter gave him half his wealth. This shows the honesty of Sayyidina Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu.

There is something else that confirms that Sayyidina ‘Umar did not accuse Sayyidina Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhuma thereafter. It also proves his steadfastness and trustworthiness. Amir al Mu’minin then returned to him and requested to appoint him a second time over Bahrain but he refused. This narration razes their entire building to the ground. That is why ‘Abdul Hussain conveniently omitted it in his book so that the falseness of what he claims does not become apparent.

The narration continues:

 

فقال لي بعد ذلك ألا تعمل قلت لا قال قد عمل من هو خير منك يوسف صلوات الله عليه قلت يوسف نبي و أنا ابن أميمة أخشى أن يشتم عرضي و يضرب ظهري و ينزع مالي

He asked me thereafter, “Will you not work?”

I said, “No.”

He said, “Someone better than you worked. Yusuf (may Allah’s salutations be upon him).”

I said, “Yusuf was a Nabi and I am the son of a slave girl. I fear that my reputation will be blemished, my back will be lashed, and my wealth will be snatched.”

 

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