Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Umar's allowance from the treasury

'Umar (ra) lived by trade before becoming Khalifah. When he was made Khalifah after Abu Bakr (ra), he assembled the people and said to them:
"I earned my living through trade. As you people have engaged me as Khalifah, I cannot attend to my business. Now, what about my living?"

Different amounts of daily allowance from the Bait-ul-Mal were suggested by different people, but Ali (ra) did not speak..

'Umar inquired of him: "Oh Ali what is your suggestion?"

He replied: I suggest that you should take such amount as may be on average be sufficient for your family."

'Umar accepted his suggestion and a moderate amount was fixed as his daily allowance.

Source: Follow Their Way and Join Them

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