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|Umar (ra)'s salary|
|07/31/02 at 18:37:22|
SubhanAllah makes me think of my life. I have so much, yet am not grateful enough, and still I want more. By being more attached to this materialistic world, how can I attach myself to the Akhirah. We cannot have of both worlds at the same time, either we live for dunya and forget about Akhirah, or live for Akhirah and pass through dunya as if it's just a stop on our journey.
may Allahu SubhanaHu Wata'ala help us keep our focus to work for Akhirah and show us the true face of dunya, and keep our hearts longing for Him, SubhanaHu Wata'ala and for Rasulullah [saw], ameen.
In the name of Allah The Merciful the Compassionate.
The Hell fire is blazing and burning, like the rivers
and springs are flowing in the Jannah. May Allah save us from
the hell fire, and give us the greatest happinesses in the Jannah.
Hadhrat Umar's (Radhiyallahu Anho) Daily Allowance.
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho) also lived by trade. When he was
made Khalifah after Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho Anho), 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 Baitul Mal were
suggested by different people. Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho Anho) 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."
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho) accepted his suggestion and a
moderate amount was fixed as his daily allowance.
Later on, some people including Hadhrat Ali, Hadhrat Usman, Hadhrat
Zubair and Hadhrat Talhah (Radhiyallaho Anhum) once proposed that
Hadhrat Umar's (Radhiyallaho Anho) allowance might be increased, as
it was hardly sufficient for him, but nobody dared to suggest that to
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho).
People approached Ummul Momineen (Mother of the believers)
Hadhrat Hafsah (Radhiyallaho Anha), his daughter, and requested her
to ascertain Umar's (Radhiyallaho Anho) reaction to the suggestion
without mentioning their names to him. When Hadhrat Hafsah
(Radhiyallaho Anha) talked about it to Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho
Anho), he became angry and said:
"Who are the persons making this suggestion?"
Hadhrat Hafsah (Radhiyallaho Anha): "Let me first know your
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho): "If I knew them, I would smite
them on their faces. Hafsah, tell me what was the Prophet's best dress
in your house?"
Hadhrat Hafsah (Radhiyallaho Anha): "It was a pair of reddish brown
clothes, which the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) wore on
Friday or while receiving some envoy."
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho): "What was the best of food that
the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) ever took at your house?"
Hadhrat Hafsah (Radhiyallaho Anha): "Simple barley bread was the
only food we used to take. One day I anointed a piece of bread with the
sediments from an empty butter tin, and he ate it with relish and offered
it to others as well."
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho): "What was the best bedding that
the Prophet ever used in your house?"
Hadhrat Hafsah (Radhiyallaho Anha): "It was a piece of thick cloth. In
the summer it was spread in four layers, and in the winter in two, half
he spread underneath and with the other half he covered himself."
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho): "Hafsah! Go and tell these people
that the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) has set a standard by his
personal example. I must follow him. My example and that of my other
two companions viz., the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) and
Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho Anho), is like that of three men traveling on
the same road. The first man started with a provision and reached the
goal. The second followed the first and joined him. Now the third is on
his way. If he follows their way, he will also join them, otherwise he
can never reach them."
Such is the life of the person who was a dread for the monarchs of the
world. What a simple life he lived! Once he was reciting the Khutbah
when it was noticed that his lower cloth had as many as twelve
patches, including one of leather. Once he came late for his Jumuah
prayer and told the congregation:
"Excuse me, people! I got late because I was washing my clothes and
had no other clothes to put on."
Once he was having his meal when Utbah bin Abi Farqad
(Radhiyallaho Anho) asked permission to see him.
He allowed him in and invited him to share the food with him. Utbah
(Radhiyallaho Anho) started eating, but the bread was so coarse that he
could not swallow it. He said:
"Why don't you use fine flour for your bread, Umar?"
He said: "Can every Muslim afford fine flour for his bread?"
Utbah replied, "No. Everybody cannot afford it."
He remarked, "Alas! You wish to fulfill all my pleasures while I am in
There are thousands of such stories about the illustrious Sahabah.
Everybody should not try to imitate them, for we lack the physical
strength of those people, and that is why the pious Sheikhs of our time
do not recommend such exercise, which tax the body too much, as the
people are already low in physical strength.
We should however keep the life of the Sahabah as an ideal before us,
so that we may at least give up some of our luxuries and lead a simpler
life (judged by modern standards). With the Sahabah's lives as an ideal,
we can at least feel ashamed when vying with one another in running
after the luxuries of this world.
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