Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) does not like his
wife to weigh musk
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho anha) once received some musk from Bahrain.
I want someone to weigh it, so that it may be equally distributed
among the Muslims.'
His wife said: I shall weigh it."
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) kept quiet. A little later he
again asked for someone to weigh the musk, and again his wife volunteered
to do so. But he kept quiet this time too. When she repeated her
offer for the third time, he said:
"I do not like your touching the musk with your
hands (while weighing it) and rubbing those hands on your body
afterwards, as that would amount to something over and above my
Any other person weighing the musk would, for that matter, have
had the same advantage, but Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho anha) did
not like this preference particularly for any member of his own
family. Look at this scrupulous anxiety to avoid charge of selfishness.
A similar story is related about Hadhrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz (Rahmatullah
alaih) (who is known as the second Umar). While he was holding the
reins of the Khila-fat, musk belonging to the Bait ul-Maal was being
weighed. He closed his own nostrils, with the remark:
"The use of musk is to smell it."
These were the scruples of the Sahabah, and their successors, and
our elders in Islam.
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