Theme Three

Theme Two: Sayyidina ‘Ali encouraged Sayyidina ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhuma to observe perfect taqwa and directed him to emulate the previous khalifah
February 6, 2019
Theme Four: According to Sayyidina ‘Ali, Sayyidina ‘Umar’s radiya Llahu ‘anhuma behaviour, actions, and the administrative matters of his khilafah were correct.
February 6, 2019

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Theme Three

Ibn al Jawzi has reported an incident on the strength of Sayyidina ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu in Sirat ‘Umar ibn al Khattab, under the heading regarding his fear for Allah. The Arabic text follows:


عن أمير المؤمنين علي رضي الله عنه قال رأيت عمر بن الخطاب على قتب يعدو فقلت يا أمير المؤمنين أين تذهب فقال ند بعير من إبل الصدقة أطلبه فقلت لقد أذللت الخلفاء بعدك فقال يا أبا الحسن لا تلمني فوالذي بعث محمدا بالنبوة لو أن عناقا ذهبت بشاطئ الفرات لأخذ بها عمر يوم القيامة

On the authority of Amir al Mu’minin ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu who reports:

I saw ‘Umar ibn al Khattab speeding with his ride so I shouted, “O Amir al Mu’minin, where are you off to?”

He replied, “One of the camels of sadaqah ran away, so I am going to look for it.”

I said, “You have subjugated the Khalifas’ after you to difficulty.”

He answered, “O father of Hassan, do not rebuke me. By the Being who sent Muhammad with Nubuwwah, if a young calf goes missing at the shore of the Furat, ‘Umar will be taken to task for it on the Day of Qiyamah.”[1]


Sayyidina ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu affirms that at times Sayyidina ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhu would himself keep a check on the animals of sadaqah of the Bayt al Mal (Muslim Treasury) and he never allowed any deficiency in this regard.

Sayyidina ‘Ali announced Sayyidina ‘Umar’s radiya Llahu ‘anhuma perfect trustworthiness in front of the people. He explained the level of the latter’s fear of matters concerning the Hereafter. This friendly and sincere dialogue depicts the bosom connection they shared.


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[1] Sirat ‘Umar ibn al Khattab, pg. 140, chapter 50; al Bidayah wa al Nihayah, vol. 7 pg. 136.

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