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Unformatted text preview: t his apology. The Messenger of Allah became angry. When Abu Bakr saw his anger, he began to say, "By Allah, O Messenger of Allah! This is only because I was the wrongdoer. I was the wrongdoer!" He began to defend and make excuses for `Umar. The Prophet said, "Will you leave my Companion alone? Will you leave my Companion alone? When I said,`O people! I am the Messenger of Allah to you all', all of you said, `You have lied!' yet Abu Bakr said, `You have spoken the truth!'" (al-Bukhari) Be careful not to be from those who rectify others while corrupting their own souls. Such people go around in circles with their faults like a donkey going around a mill. Hence, if you ever are in a position to advise others or be 296 Admit your faults and do not be arrogant... 42 an example to them, such as a teacher with his students, a father or a mother with his or her children, then think as if you are under the watch of your customers. Everyone is monitoring you. Always discipline yourself as much as possible. The same applies to a couple dealing with each other. Once, `Umar may Allah be pleased with him distributed clothes to people. Everyone received a piece of cloth that would have sufficed him either as an upper or lower garment. `Umar then stood up to address the people on Friday, and said in the beginning, "Surely, Allah has ordered you to hear and obey..." As he said that, there rose a man from amongst the people and said, "There is no hearing, nor obedience!" `Umar said, "Why is that?" He replied, "Because you gave us all one garment each, while you yourself wear two new garments!" meaning, your upper and lower garment, as we can notice they are new. `Umar then turned to the congregation as though looking for someone, until he found his son `Abdullah bin `Umar. He said, "Stand up, O `Abdullah bin `Umar!" He stood up. He said, "Did you not give me your garment so I may deliver my address to the people therein?" He repl...
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