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‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reprimands a youngster on his deathbed

Question

I have heard on many occasions that Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) on his deathbed had admonished a youngster whose pants were below the ankles.

Where can I find this narration?

 

Answer

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this in a lengthy narration. The part in question is as follows:

….[While Sayyiduna ‘Umar was laying on his deathbed after being stabbed, people were coming to visit him] A young man came and said, ‘O Amirul Muminin! Rejoice regarding the glad tidings of Allah to you for [being blessed] with the companionship of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and your precedence in Islam. Then you were appointed as the leader and you were just and now you have achieved martyrdom.’ Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, ‘I wish that these [virtues you mentioned] would balance [my sins], so that there will be nothing for me and nothing against me.’

‘When he turned [to go away], his lower garment was touching the ground. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, ‘Bring the youngster back.’ He said, ‘O Nephew! Raise your garment for this is purer for your clothes and shows more Taqwa for your Rabb’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 3700)

This illustrates the importance of ensuring that the upper garments remain above the ankles. See a detailed article here.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

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