Monday, June 12, 2006

The Conduct of `Umar...

Peace, one and all...

I'm currently preparing for Day 2 of my course (Islamic History: the first 150 years). I thought I'd share this little gem with you all.

This comes from al-Mas`udi who remarks that Umar and his son Abdullah were travelling to Hajj. Their total expenditure amounted to some 16 dinars for the trip (from Medina to Mecca). `Umar (may God be pleased with him) is related to have said: 'We were wasteful on this journey'.

Ma sha Allah! A fine example of `Umar's attitude to the world (zuhd) and a model to follow indeed.
Ma'as salama,
Abdur Rahman

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