Thursday, November 23, 2006

Umar's address after Jerusalem

After receiving the surrender of Jerusalem and completing the tour of Syria when Caliph Umar was returning to Madina he led the prayer at Jabiah. On this occasion he delivered an address which is preserved in history. The major part of his address was:

"O ye people I counsel you to read the Qur’an. Try to understand it and ponder over it. Imbibe the teachings of the Qur’an. Then practise what the Quran teaches. The Qur’an is not theoretical; it is a practical code of life. The Qur’an does not bring you the message of the Hereafter only; it is primarily intended to guide you in this life. Mold your life in accordance with the teachings of Islam for that is the way of your well being. By following any other way you will be inviting destruction.
"Fear Allah (The One True God), and whatever you want seek from Him. All men are equal. Do not flatter those in authority. Do not seek favors from others. By such acts you demean yourself. And remember that you will get only that is ordained for you, and no one can give you anything against the will of God. Then why seek things from others over which they have no control? Only supplicate God for He alone is the sovereign.

"And speak the truth. Do not hesitate to say what you consider to be the truth. Say what you feel. Let your conscience be your guide. Let your intentions be good, for verily God is aware of your intentions. In your deeds your intentions count. Fear God, and fear no one else. Why fear others when you know that whatever sustenance ordained for you by God you will get under all circumstances? And again why fear when you know that death is ordained by God alone and will come only when He wills?

"Allah has for the time being made me your ruler. But I am one of you. No special privileges belong to ruler. I have some responsibilities to discharge, and in this I seek your cooperation. Government is a sacred trust, and it is my endeavor not to betray the trust in any way. For the fulfillment of the trust I have to be a watch-man. I have to be strict. I have to enforce discipline. I have to run the administration not on the basis of personal idiosyncracies; I have to run it in public interest and for promoting the public good. For this we have the guidance in the Book of God. Whatever orders I issue in the course of day to day administration have to conform to the Qur’an. God has favored us with Islam. He sent to us His Messenger (Muhammad, pbuh). He has chosen us for a mission. Let us fulfil that mission. That mission is the promotion of Islam. In Islam lies our safety; if we err we are doomed."

Source: E-book on Islamic Civilisation


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Syra said...

His address is inspirational! So solid, too good! SubhanAllah. I will add this on my blog :)

Humairah Irfan said...

Hehe, you're more than welcome to :)
Please do link back, the more people benefit, the better inshallah.

Syra said...

sure will :)
where are you from? may i call you humaira apa? you seem to be older then me :)

Humairah Irfan said...

For the next 13 days, I'm 23 years old. So I probably am older than you :)
By the way, this is where I blog most often: It's very random stuff... I don't even know why I write about so many random things!
I live in UAE, but I'm originally from Pakistan, and I got my degree from Canada.
Keep in touch... and if you come across any information on Umar (ra), please do share.

Syra said...

we are the same age, i turned 24 last mth. Good age to be in :)
i will keep in touch IA, and will surely share any information on Hazrat Umar(R.A)
I am from Islamabad, Pakistan.
You can reach me via my blog (random stuff too)
take care