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Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Moosa Ash’ari – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that he once appeared in front of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – with two other members from the Ash’ari clan. One was on his right and the other on his left. Both of these people requested that they be nominated as Governors (of any region).

 

However, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – remained silent. The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – then declared, “O Abu Moosa! (or he may have said ‘O Abdur Rahman bin Qais’ (which is the actual name of Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Moosa Ash’ari), what is your opinion?”

 

I replied, “I swear by that Divine Being Who has indeed sent you with the truth, these people had not revealed to me what was in their hearts and I did not even imagine that these two would request for the position of Governorship.”

 

The blessed companion also mentions that at that time, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – was also busy in Miswaak.

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – then declared, “They will certainly not be nominated as Governors.”

 

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – said to Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Moosa Ash’ari – may Allah be pleased with him – that he was to go as the Governor of Yemen.

 

A short time later, Hadrat Sayyiduna Mu’az bin Jabal – may Allah be pleased with him – was nominated as the Governor of this region.

 

The narrator mentions that when they both met, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Moosa – may Allah be pleased with him – placed something on the floor so that Hadrat Sayyiduna Mu’az bin Jabal – may Allah be pleased with him – could sit on. However, before he could sit, he noticed that there was someone who was tied on one side. When he asked what had happened to the person, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Moosa – may Allah be pleased with him – replied, “This person was a Jew and accepted Islam. However, he has gone back to the religion which he once belonged to.”

 

Hadrat Sayyiduna Mu’az bin Jabal – may Allah be pleased with him – then mentioned, “I will not sit until the Divine Command of Allah Almighty and His beloved Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – is not carried out in that he should be killed.|

 

He mentioned this three times. The person was then ordered to be killed.

 

They spent the night speaking on various issues and it was mostly Hadrat Sayyiduna Mu’az – may Allah be pleased with him – who mentioned that at night he sometimes sleep and sometimes remains (awake in Ibadah). He also mentioned that when he sleeps, he does so with the intention (of Ibadah) and has hope in the Divine Reward of Allah. (Abu Daud)

 

 

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