Umar on Servants: How can you prefer yourselves over your servants?

Ibn Abbas reported: Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, passed by some people one day who were eating while their servants were standing. Umar said, “Why do I not see your servants eating with you? Do you not desire them?” A man said, “No, by Allah, O leader of the faithful. Rather, we have preference over them.” Umar became very angry, then he said, “What is the matter with people who prefer themselves over their servants? Allah Almighty will deal with them and it is done!” Then Umar said to the servants, “Sit down and eat.” The servants sat to eat and the leader of the faithful did not eat.

Source: Musnad al-Fārūq 582

عن ابن عباس قال مر عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه يوماً فرأى القوم يأكلون وقام الخُدَّام فقال عمرُ مالي لا أَرى خُدَّامَكم يأكلون معكم أترغبون عنهم فقال لا واللهِ يا أميرَ المؤمنين ولكنَّا نستأثرُ عليهم فغضب غضبًا شديدًا ثم قال ما لقومٍ يستأثرون على خُدَّامهم فَعَلَ الله تعالى بهم وفَعَلَ ثم قال للخُدَّام اجلِسوا فكُلُوا فقَعَدَ الخدَّام يأكلون ولم يأكلْ أميرُ المؤمنينَ

582 مسند الفاروق

Scroll to Top