.:. The Dairy Maid .:.
The Dairy Maid
When Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (radiAllahu anhu) was caliph, the Commander of the Faithful, he often went out to check on the people.
One day he went out on foot with his servant Aslam. After a while they felt tired, so they stopped to rest by a house.
They heard the voice of an old woman inside the house ordering her daughter to mix water with milk. The daughter refused to do so and said to her mother,
“The Commander of the Faithful ordered people not to mix water with milk. He sent a man to inform people of this in the streets.”
However, the mother insisted that the daughter dilute the milk and said, “Where is Umar now? He does not see us.”
The faithful, honest daughter said, “Should we obey the Commander of the Faithful in front of people and disobey him in secret?”
Umar was pleased to hear this, and he admired the honesty and faith of this young woman. In the morning, he inquired about her and learned that she was Umm Imara, Bint Sufyan Ibn Abdullah Al-Thakafay. Umar also learned that she was unmarried, so he married her to his son Asim.
Allah blessed the young couple and their offspring, one of whom was the just caliph Umar Ibn Abdul-Aziz (radiAllahu anhu).
Learning Points: Fairness and Honesty, Truthfulness, good character, life of Umrah ibn al-Khattab (radiAllahu anhu)
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