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It is mentioned that the wife of Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar bin Abdul Aziz Radi Allahu ‘Anhu had a very valuable piece of jewel which had been given to her by her father Abdul Malik.


One day, the great Muslim leader said to his wife, “Either you surrender all your valuables including this piece of jewel to the Baitul Maal, or you choose to dislike me (so that you can become free from me by me giving you Talaaq). I cannot stand to see both me and these jewels in one house.”


When she heard this, she replied, “You can gladly take all of these valuable items including this jewel and include it in the Baitul Maal. I also choose you over this jewel.”


He then took all of these valuables and surrendered it to the Baitul Maal.


Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar bin Abdul Aziz Radi Allahu ‘Anhu did not live very long. After he had passed away, Yazeed bin Abdul Malik came to power and he asked his sister, who was the wife of Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar bin Abdul Aziz Radi Allahu ‘Anhu, if she wished he would return all of those valuables including the jewel back to her. However, such was her pious demeanour that she replied, “Whatever I have given away voluntarily when my husband was alive, after his passing, I will never allow myself to take those items back.” (Taarikhul Khulafah, 467)




Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar bin Abdul Aziz Radi Allahu ‘Anhu was from the family of Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar Radi Allahu ‘Anhu. During his period, he displayed immense justice, hence, the people called him “’Umar the second.”


After becoming the Khalifah, unlike the leaders of his era, he completely divorced himself from the world. He also surrendered whatever valuables he had to the Baitul Maal. In like manner, he also had the same intention for his wife that she should also divorce herself from all wordily and mundane things so that she, like him, would become a beloved servant in the Divine Court of Allah azza wajal.


If this female was someone like we see in this modern era, we are sure that she would have spent the entire government resources on her own self, buying designer jewellery. She would have made sure that this position of her husband becomes a burden rather than a blessing. We are also sure that if her husband had even suggested that she gives up her jewellery, she would have instantaneously had him detained in some mental institute.


However, as we always say, the pious Muslims of the past were certainly a different class altogether. They only looked at the Hereafter and did not concern themselves with this world. Whatever challenges came to them, they were prepared to face these challenges and hardships but were not prepared to sacrifice the dignity of Islam and the eternal salvation of the Hereafter.


If only our Muslim sisters of today would think in this fashion and also encourage their husbands to think in this fashion! Remember, it is not always the husband that may come up with a noble action or deed. It should also be the wife and Muslim sister who should also encourage their male counterparts to perform noble deeds and actions.