Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Refraining from subjecting people to inconvenience

During a pilgrimage, Umar ibn Khattab saw a leprous woman going round the Ka'bah. "Maiden of God", he said, "it would be better if you were to sit at home; people would not be troubled by your presence." (Malik). The woman did as she was bade, and sat at home. After some time, a passer-by told her of the death of Umar, who had been one to advice her to stay at home. "Now", said the man, "You can go out!"

The woman replied, "I did not obey him while he was alive only to disobey him now that he is dead."

Source: Kanzul Ummal, Pg 244, An Islamic treasury of virtues by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

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