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The awe and character of Sayyiduna’Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu)

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Once Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was getting his hair cut and suddenly coughed. Due to this the barber urinated himself/passed wind out of fear and awe of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu). Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) then gifted him forty silver coins.


Imams Ibn Sa’d, Abu Bakr ibn Abid Dunya and Khatib Baghdadi (rahimahumullah) have recorded this incident. Some versions state that the barber’s name was Sa’id ibn Muslim/ibn Haylam.

(Tabaqat Ibn Sa’d, vol. 3 pg. 217/218, Kitabul Ashraf, Hadith: 187 and Tarikh Baghdad, vol. 16 pg. 321)

This points to the mature understanding of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhu) as well, as his awe was not intentional.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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