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The Dunya has changed us all but not you!


In the time of Hazrat Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhiallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) was made the governor of Shaam (Greater Syria, the Levant) since he had captured most of Shaam. At that time Shaam used to be a vast province constituting present day states Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. Shaam was a wealthy province. It was Rome’s favourite region.

Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) used to execute his responsibilities in Madinah. Once he was on an inspection visit to Shaam when he said to the governor:

“O Abu Ubaidah, I want to see the place where you live my brother”.

Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) was thinking that Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) is the governor of such a wealthy province I should see how much he has collected for himself.

Hazrat Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) said why do you want to see my house? Because after seeing my house the only thing you will do is weep.

But Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) insisted and so they both set out for the house. They passed the main city and the residential areas.

Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) asked him: “Where are you taking me?”

Hazrat Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Its not far now”.

And then at the outskirts of the wealthy city of Damascus came the house of the Governor of Shaam– a hut made up of the branches of date palm trees.

Hazrat Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) said this is my house. Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) entered the house, looked around and could find nothing but a prayer mat.

“Abu Ubaidah! You live here? There is nothing in this house; no pot, no bed or furniture. How do you manage?”

Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) replied, “O Ameer ul Mumineen, I have everything I need. Here is the prayers mat on which I offer prayers and at night I sleep on it.”

Then he pulled a bowl out of the that corner ceiling and showed it to the caliph saying that this is the pot I use. Hazrat Umar Farooq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) saw that inside the pot there were pieces of bread dipped in water.

Hazrat Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) said “Ameer ul Mumineen, all my time is spent on government affairs due to which I do not get time for arranging food. A woman prepares bread for me sufficient for 2 to 3 days. When the bread is dried up I dip it in water and have it at night.”

These conditions were enough to bring tears in the eyes of Ameer ul Mumineen, Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu). Hazrat Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu), said that I had already warned you that after seeing my house you will do nothing but weep.

Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) said: “O Abu Ubaidah! The life of this dunya (world) has changed all of us but I swear upon Allah that you are just the same as you were in the time of the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wasalam.

subhaanallah. Radhiallahu ‘anhum

The world, its attractions, its pleasures are in front of you. Also the people lost in this hustle bustle are in front of you. Yet none of these thing matter to you. It is because the love of Allah ta’ala is so strong that all the glittering sights of this world cannot deceive you. Allah’s love constantly resides in your heart.

Shaikh Majzoob said in a poem:

“The stars were invisible when the sun shone bright.

There was so much around me but only you were in my sight.”

These were the companions for whom the world was humiliated but they never got attracted to the world It was indeed the way the Noble Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasalam)  looked after them. He always made them realise the true nature of this world . And he kept reminding them about the temporariness of this world and the eternal bounties or punishment in the hereafter. The Quran and hadith are full with such exhortations.

   ۚ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ

And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion. (QURAN 57:20)


[An Outlook on Life by Mufti Taqi Uthmani, pg 121-123]


  1. June 19, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Reblogged this on Adz-dzikro and commented:
    Kita seringkali mengeluh dengan keadaan, padahal begitu banyak orang yang berada dalam kekurangan. Kita seringkali merasa lebih dan memiliki segalanya padahal Allah SWT adalah pemilik segalanya. Semoga ayat ۚ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِdapat mengingatkan kita bahwa hidup kita di dunia ini hanya sebentar dan sesungguhnya dunia ini hanya permainan saja.

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