Wednesday, September 05, 2007

To know one

A man came to Umar ibn al-Khattab and spoke in praise of another. Umar asked him: “Are you his nearest neighbor such that you know his goings and his comings?”

“No.”

“Have you been his companion on a journey so that you could see evidence of his good character?”

“No.”

“Have you had dealings with him involving dinars and dirhams [money] which would indicate the piety of the man?”

“No.”

“I think you saw him standing in the mosque muttering the Quran and moving his head up and down?”

“Yes.”

“Go, for you do not know him...”

And to the man in question, Umar said, “Go and bring me someone who knows you.”


Source:quoted from Islam The Natural Way by Abdul Wahid Hamid, p. 66

4 comments:

ibn Abu Jetmir said...

awesome blog!

i love Umar

Humairah Irfan said...

Jazakallah :)

adil said...

Fabulous advice maa sha Allah.

As said previously, great Blog maa sha Allah. Definitely one of my favourites. Concise and captivating posts, I hope it continues and continues with such compactness.

Jazaaki Allahu Khairan.

Anonymous said...

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