A Lesson from a Sermon of ‘Umar رضي الله عنه

We need men like Umar ibn Khattab R.A,

Al-Ḥikmah wal Maw‘iẓah Al-Ḥasanah

‘Umar رضي الله عنه once ascended the pulpit, praised and glorified Allāh, and said, “Listen carefully! Do not be extravagant in the dowries of women, for if I hear of anyone having given more than the amount the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم gave or received (for his daughters رضي الله عنهن), I will order that extra amount to be added to the treasury.”

He then descended, upon which a woman from the Quraysh approached him and said, “O the leader of the believers! Is the Book of Allāh more worthy of being followed or your word?”

He replied, “Why? Obviously the Book of Allāh عز وجل!”

The woman said, “You have just prohibited the people from being extravagant in relation to the dowries of women, whereas Allāh mentions in His Book: ‘…and you have given her plenty of wealth…’ (4:20)”

‘Umar رضي الله عنه remarked, “Everyone is more understanding…

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