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“Then you do not know him”

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A man gave testimony to ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) and he said to him, “I do not know you, but it does not matter that I do not know you. Bring me someone who does know you.” A man among the people said, “I know him.” ‘Umar asked, “What do you know about him?” He said, “He is of good character and is virtous.”

He asked, “Is he your closest neighbour who you know by night and day, and you know when he comes in and goes out?” He said,”No.” He asked,”Did he have any financial dealings with you which is the way to know whether he is God fearing or not?’ He said,”No.” He asked,”Has he been your companion on a journey, which is the way to know whether he is of noble character and attitude?’ He said, “No.” He(‘Umar (رضي الله عنه)) said,”Then you do not know him”

[Sunan Bayhaqi]

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October 25, 2011 at 3:23 am

Posted in 'Umar Ibn Khattab

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