Those in authority should do their utmost to ensure the well-being of the nation’s citizens.
During his reign as the second Caliph, Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), used to patrol the streets of Madinah at night.
One night, Umar and his friend, Aslam, came upon a woman setting with her kids around a fire; they were travelers and the kids were crying.
After greeting, Caliph Umar asked permission to approach.
He asked: “Why are your kids crying?”
The lady answered: “My kids are crying because they’re hungry.”
She told him that she put some water in the pot and kept stirring it to make her kids think that she was preparing food. She hoped that they would sleep while waiting for the food to get ready.
Unaware that she was actually talking to the ruler, Caliph Umar, she said: “I am complaining to Allah about Umar’s [not taking care of us]”
How did Umar respond to this strong, surprising statement?
Join sister Lobna Mulla as she recounts this beautiful story about the second Caliph, Umar, may Allah be pleased with him.
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