Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Being methodical

During the caliphate of Umar, Abu Hurayrah brought 800,000 dirhams from Abu Musa Ashari to Madinah. After the morning prayer, Umar informed the Muslims about this new intake of revenue. In all Islamic history, we have not, till now, received such a sum of money. In my opinion, it should be divided into equal portions and distributed among the people."

when he asked the gathering what they thought, Uthman offered his opinion. "In order to give to everyone, a considerable amount of money will be needed. If people are not counted, it will be impossible to tell who has received it, and who hasn't. This will result in confusion". Hearing this, Walid ibn Hisham said, "Commander of the Faithful, when I was in Syria, I saw that the rulers there had compiled registers for this purpose, and had appointed people to maintain them. You might like to do likewise."

Umar accepted this advice and delegated the task of compiling registers to Aqil ibn Abu Talib, Makhramah ibn Nawfal and Jubayr ibn Mutim.

Source: Ibn Sa'd, Tabaqat, Pg 218, An Islamic treasury of virtues by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan


khany said...

assalamou alaikum,

on implementing syrian tradition..
surprisingly nobody cried bidaa!

Humairah Irfan said...

walaikum as salam
Well, that was the whole point- That it's NOT bida'a :) but in fact, something good and implementing such a system will bring about great benefit. Plus, it doesn't conflict with matters of religion either.