One Khalifah’s Advise to Another

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

When Sayyidina Abu Bakr ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Utsman asw-Swiddiq (r.a.) was dying, he sent for Sayyidina Abu Hafsw ‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab al-Faruq (r.a.), and said to him, “O ‘Umar, if you are given authority over the people, remember Allah (s.w.t.) and hold fast to what is right.  For the balance of those whose scale pans are heavy on Resurrection Day shall only be heavy for their having followed what is right and its heaviness upon them; and it befits the balance scale when what is right is placed in it tomorrow to be heavy.  And the balance of those whose scale pans are light on Resurrection Day shall only be light for their having followed what is wrong and its ease upon them; and it befits the balance scale when what is wrong is placed in it tomorrow to be light.  And know that there are works for Allah (s.w.t.) at night that He does not accept during the day, and that there are works during the day that He does not accept at night.  And that He does not accept a supererogatory work of worship until the obligatory has been done.”


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