If we seek honor from other than Islam, we will be humiliated

عَنْ طَارِقِ بْنِ شِهَابٍ قَالَ خَرَجَ عُمَرُ بْنُ الْخَطَّابِ إِلَى الشَّامِ وَمَعَنَا أَبُو عُبَيْدَةَ بْنُ الْجَرَّاحِ فَأَتَوْا عَلَى مَخَاضَةٍ وَعُمَرُ عَلَى نَاقَةٍ لَه فَنَزَلَ عَنْهَا وَخَلَعَ خُفَّيْهِ فَوَضَعَهُمَا عَلَى عَاتِقِهِ وَأَخَذَ بِزِمَامِ نَاقَتِهِ فَخَاضَ بِهَا الْمَخَاضَةَ فَقَالَ أَبُو عُبَيْدَةَ يَا أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أأَنْتَ تَفْعَلُ هَذَا تَخْلَعُ خُفَّيْكَ وَتَضَعُهُمَا عَلَى عَاتِقِكَ وَتَأْخُذُ بِزِمَامِ نَاقَتِكَ وَتَخُوضُ بِهَا الْمَخَاضَةَ مَا يَسُرُّنِي أَنَّ أَهْلَ الْبَلَدِ اسْتَشْرَفُوكَ فَقَالَ عُمَرُ أَوَّهْ لَوْ يَقُولُ ذَا غَيْرُكَ أَبَا عُبَيْدَةَ جَعَلْتُهُ نَكَالًا لَأُمَّةِ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّا كُنَّا أَذَلَّ قَوْمٍ فَأَعَزَّنَا اللَّهُ بِالْإِسْلَامِ فَمَهْمَا نَطْلُبُ الْعِزَّةَ بِغَيْرِ مَا أَعَزَّنَا اللَّهُ بِهِ أَذَلَّنَا اللَّهُ

Tariq ibn Shihab reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, left on a journey to Syria and with him was Abu Ubaida. They came upon a creek, so Umar dismounted from his camel, took off his sandals and placed them over his shoulder, and then led the camel over the creek. Abu Ubaida said, “O commander of the faithful, are you doing this? You have taken off your sandals and placed them on your back and you led the camel through the creek yourself; I do not think it will be easy for me to get the people of this country to honor you.” Umar said, “If only someone else had said this, O Abu Ubaida! I have made this a deterrent for the nation of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Verily, we were a disgraceful people and Allah honored us with Islam, so if we seek honor from other than Islam, then Allah will humiliate us.”

[Al-Mustadrak ‘ala as-Saheehain, Number 214, Sahih]

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Author: Mohammed Jehan Khan

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