Do not test me through this!
By Shaykh Sa‘id Rageah حفظ الله
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم
An old man with thick beard and with clothes having over 15 patches was sitting with his head between his hands thinking deep about a serious matter. He was the man who was known as Ameer-ul-Mu’minin. Then suddenly, he got up and said, “I found it, I found it, I found it!” The people said, “What’s wrong O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin?” He was no other than ‘Umar رضي الله عنه who was concerned about the city of Hims. The city which was quite often the reason of Fitnah for the Ummah. He had recently released his former governor, Mu’awiyah رضي الله عنه and ‘Umar رضي الله عنه wanted a man with Zuhd, a man who had divorced the pleasures of the dunya. Ameer-ul-Mu’minin ‘Umar رضي الله عنه came and asked for a man and when he was brought he said to him, “I assign you to become the Governor of the city of Hims.” The man replied, “La Hawla Wala Quwata ILlah BiLlah! O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin, do not test me through this.” ‘Umar رضي الله عنه said, “You are putting it on my neck and you want to walk away from it? WAllahi that will not happen!” This man was no other than Sa‘id ibn ‘Aamir رضي الله عنه who accepted Islam after the Battle of Khaybar. He had no choice but to obey the Ameer-ul-Mu’minin رضي الله عنه. ‘Umar رضي الله عنه gave Sa‘id رضي الله عنه, a newly wed man, some money and said, “Listen this is what you need for your travel and this will suffice and you will not look in the Wealth of the Ummah.” With sadness and grief, he took what he was given and went back to his house. When he reached home, his wife, who was waiting for him, asked, “What is the matter of Sa‘id?” He رضي الله عنه told his wife what Ameer-ul-Mu’minin رضي الله عنه had given him. She got excited. Sa‘id رضي الله عنه said, “What if I give you a better deal than this?” She said, “What can be better than this?” Sa‘id رضي الله عنه said, “We will invest this money” She said, “Invest it? What if we lose it?” Sa‘id رضي الله عنه said, “No, the One who is going to invest for us, He will guarantee it!” She said, “He is going to guarantee it?!” Sa‘id رضي الله عنه said, “Yes, He is going to guarantee it.” She agreed. They went, people of Hims were eager to receive their governor. They knew that he was coming certain day so they were waiting for him outside the city. Every time they saw a traveller, they would ask him, “Where are you from?” And if he replied that he was from the city of Madinah, the people would ask him, “Have you seen the governor? He should be here any minute!” In that process, they stopped one of the people who had this old skinny donkey with a very humble outfit, with a wife who was covered from head to toe. And then they asked him, “Where are you from?” The man said, “I am from Madinah!” They said, “Have you seen the Amir who was sent by the ‘Umar ibn al Khattab?” He looked away and then turned to them and said, I am your governor!” They said, “You?!” Sa‘id رضي الله عنه said, “The situation is what you see.” They said, “No!” They were shocked. And in daily life, they saw that this man was serving them, and working for them left and right nothing of his desire. They would say to him, “Make sure you kind you to your family and your wife!” Sa‘id رضي الله عنه would reply, “No, my aim is clear.” People loved him so much so much so that ‘Umar رضي الله عنه sent a letter to Sa‘id رضي الله عنه asking him why the people loved him so much. He رضي الله عنه replied, “O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin, I am one of them and I am a simple man. I clean the Masjid with them and I serve them on their streets.” ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه was never satisfied with the reports. He wanted to see for himself what exactly was happening. He then gathered the people and said, “O’ people of Hims, do you have any problem with your governor here?” The people looked around at each other in amazement. They then said, “O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin, we have 4 problems with this young man.” ‘Umar رضي الله عنه was making this du‘a within himself, “O’ Allah do not disappoint in this man. I only know that he is the best of your servants.” He رضي الله عنه then said, “What are they?” They said, “Firstly, he would not come out of his house until sun rises. Secondly, he would not respond after the sunset. Thirdly, he takes two days off every month. Fourthly, he periodically faints and we know that he has no control over this but we would like to know the reason of this.” ‘Umar bin al-Khattab رضي الله عنه said to Sa‘id رضي الله عنه, “Respond to the accusations.” Sa‘id رضي الله عنه said, “O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin, you don’t need to know this since it is between me and Allah.” ‘Umar رضي الله عنه said, “No, how could I?” Sa‘id رضي الله عنه said, “O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin, as for the first one, I have no servant and my wife is sick. I have to make the dough and I wait until I feed everyone in my household and then I come out to them.” ‘Umar رضي الله عنه said, “Allahu Akbar! What about the second one?” Then Sa‘id رضي الله عنه continued, “O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin, the day is theirs and the night is for my Lord. In the day, I serve them but at night I pray to my Lord!” ‘Umar رضي الله عنه again said, “Allahu Akbar! What about the third one?” Sa‘id رضي الله عنه then said, “O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin , I only have one thawb, so I wash it twice a month.” ‘Umar رضي الله عنه then said, “Allahu Akbar! What about the fourth one?” Sa‘id رضي الله عنه then said, “O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin, I witnessed when Quraysh killed Khubaib bin ‘Adi رضي الله عنه. And when they were killing him, they said, ‘O’ Khubaib, would you rather be with your family, safe and Muhammad in your place?’ Khubaib رضي الله عنه replied, ‘No, I’d rather be here than Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم be pricked by a thorn!’ And this was after he had performed Salah, and he looked at us and made a powerful du‘a against Quraysh. Whenever I think of this, I think that Allah سبحانه و تعالى would never forgive my sins and He will hold me on the day of Judgement and I can’t imagine this so that’s why I faint O’ Ameer-ul-Mu’minin” ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه ‘s beard was wet with tears and he said, “All praise be to Allah who did not disappoint me in this man!”