When the Second Caliph Umar was Overruled by the Judge

Sa‘eed bin Musayyib narrates that Hadhrat Umar once intended to take the house* of Hadhrat Abbas to include it in the Masjid. However, Hadhrat Abbas refused to hand the house over. When Hadhrat Umar resolved that he would certainly have possession of the house, Hadhrat Abbas proposed that they appoint Hadhrat Ubay bin Ka‘b to … Continue reading When the Second Caliph Umar was Overruled by the Judge

The Tyrant’s Assistant is a Tyrant as well

“I saw people who are negligent in paying their debts and who bequeath, ‘When I die, bury me in the tomb of Ahmad.’ Did they not hear the Messenger ﷺ refrained from praying (the funeral) upon those who died without settling their debts and those who unlawfully took from war booty, saying, ‘My prayer will … Continue reading The Tyrant’s Assistant is a Tyrant as well

Ibn al-Jawzi on Forbidding from Accompanying the Rulers

“We have seen many scholars who had a bad ending because of their proximity and mixing with rulers. They were after comfort but did not achieve it properly, because the sadness of the heart never goes away with money or food... If we compare the difference between Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal’s refraining from rulers, and … Continue reading Ibn al-Jawzi on Forbidding from Accompanying the Rulers

Ibn al-Jawzi on the Devil’s Deception of Scholars who Get Close to Rulers

It is from the Devil’s deception of scholars to make them intermingle with rulers and sultans. They look away from their faults and never admonish them in spite of their ability to do so. Some of them might even give fatwas allowing them to do things just for worldly gain. Three aspects of harm are … Continue reading Ibn al-Jawzi on the Devil’s Deception of Scholars who Get Close to Rulers