‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Aziz’s advice to his son when he purchased an expensive ring


How authentic is this incident?

‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul ‘Aziz (rahimahullah) heard that his son bought a ring for 1000 Dirhams, so he wrote a letter to his son, saying:

“The news has reached me that you bought a 1000 Dirham ring. When this letter reaches you, sell the ring and feed 1000 stomachs, then buy an iron ring for two Dirhams and engrave on it the following words: “May Allah have mercy on the person who knows his limits!”



Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this incident. The incident is suitable to quote and has been cited by many Scholars such as Imam Qurtubi, Imam Ibn Qayyim and ‘Allamah Munawi (rahimahumullah).

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 5 pg. 305/306, Tafsirul Qurtubi; Al Jami’ Li Ahkamil Quran, Surah Nahl, Verse: 14, Madarijus Salikin, pg. 2250, Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 4440)



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


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