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Be Careful of what you say


When Maysaan was conquered, Sayyidina Umar Radhiyallaahu Anhu appointed Nu’maan bin ‘Adee Radhiyallaahu Anhu as its governor. Nu’maan Radhiyallaahu Anhu intended taking his wife with him to Maysaan but she would not go. Later (in order to encourage her to join him there) he sent her a letter wherein in lines of poetry he praised the luxuries and the pleasures of life there. In this letter in poetic metaphorical terms, he even praised the wine-goblets found there. Sayyidina Umar Radhiyallaahu Anhu came to hear of this letter. He sent a letter to Nu’maan Radhiyallaahu Anhu. In it he first of all quoted the first four verses from Surah Ghaafir:

“The Forgiver of sins, who accepts repentance (and) is strict in punishment, And hath a long reach (in all rings). There is no Allah but He, to Him is the final goal.” (Surah 40 – Verse 1-3)


Then he continued: “Certain lines of poetry written by you have reached me. Please know that I have dismissed you from office.”


Later Nu’maan appeared before Hazrat Umar Radhiyallaahu Anhu and said: “I swear by Allah that I have never drunk a drop of wine. Whatever was written by me was only written in poetic fashion.”


Sayyiduna Umar Radhiyallaahu Anhu replied: “I believe you. That is also the good thoughts I believed about you and your character. However never again will I make you governor of any land.  (Majamul – Buldan)


Muslims are urged not to treat any aspect of the Deen as insignificant and lowly. Often Muslims make the mistake of treating with ‘ISTIKHFAAF’ (to consider insignificant/unimportant) some aspects of Deen, which may have not been classified as Fard. This is a most serious matter. We should remember that every aspect of Deen has its due importance and should be treated as such.

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