The Best Generation – the Truthful Tongue

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” The earth never carried above it, nor did the sky ever shade under it a more truthful tongue than Abu Dhar Al-Ghifaariy”

The Holy Prophet Muhammad[peace be upon him] once asked him, “O Abu Dhar! What would you do if you witnessed a time when commanders monopolise the war booty?

He replied, “I swear by Allah who sent you with the truth, I would strike them with my sword!”

The Prophet[peace be upon him] said to him, “Shall I guide to what is better? Be patient til you meet me”

During the era of the Holy Prophet Muhammad[peace be upon him]; Abu Bakr [radiallahu anhu]; Umar [radiallahu anhu], Abu Dhar lived without trouble and happily.

However, after the demise of Umar [radiallahu anhu], when Abu Dhar saw money and power tempting those in authority, he drew his sword………………………but he remembered the words of the Holy Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] to be patient and that,

” The earth never carried above it, nor did the sky ever shade under it a more truthful tongue than Abu Dhar Al-Ghifaariy”

So why would someone who had a truthful tongue and truthful conviction need a sword?

Ans he set out………………………………

to all the strongholds of power and wealth and created his standard with the words,

“Announce to those who hoard up gold and silver, the warning of branding irons with which their foreheads and bodies will be branded in the hereafter.”

He went to Syria and Mu’aawiyah wrote to the Caliph ‘Uthman[radiallahu anhu] saying that, ‘Abu Dhar spoils the people of Syria’

The Caliph sent for him and after a prolonged conversation, the Caliph said to him, “Stay here beside me. You will be endowed with blessings day and night”

Abu Dhar answered “I don’t need your world”

He however asked the Caliph to allow him to go to Ar-Rabadhah.

At the end of his life……

There was a caravan which sets off on a journey across the desert. It consists of a group of faithful with ‘Abd Allah Ibn Mas’uud, one of the Companions of the Prophet [peace be upon him] at their head. Ibn Mas’uud visualized the scene before he reaches it: a scene of an outstretched body like that of a corpse and beside it a crying woman and a boy. Ibn Mas’uud redirects the camel’s bridle and the whole caravan follows him towards the scene. He has hardly taken a look at the dead body when he realizes that it is his Companion Abu Dhar. His tears rolled down abundantly while he stand in front of the this virtuous body saying that the Holy Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]was truthful when he said that,“Allah will have mercy upon Abu Dhar. He walks alone, dies alone, and resurrects alone”

The Holy Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] has said that, “One of you will die in a desert land, and a group of the faithful will witness him.” Abu Dhar died alone in the desert of Ar-Rabadhah, having walked on path no one else had passed over so gloriously…

Abu Dhar al-Ghifaariy was not interest in any worldly gain; thus he was blessed with the insight of Allah Ta’ala. He realized the tremendous danger involved in armed civil strife; therefore he abstained from it. He also realized the tremendous danger involved in silence; therefore he abstained from it. As such he raised his voice, not his sword and raised the word of truth and sincerity.

” The earth never carried above it, nor did the sky ever shade under it a more truthful tongue than Abu Dhar Al-Ghifaariy”

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