Umar & Ibn az-Zubayr (may Allah be pleased with them both)


 
Umar bin al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) passed by some boys who were playing. When they saw him, they all ran away in different directions except for (Abdullah) Ibn az-Zubayr (may Allaah be pleased with him) who stood still.

So Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) asked him

“Why didn’t you step aside?”

Ibn az-Zubayr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said,

“The road is not narrow, so I don’t need to make way for you, and I didn’t make a mistake, so I have no reason to fear you.”

[‘Awaking from The Sleep of Heedlesness’ page 24]
[Translation of Ibn al-Jawzi’s ‘Tanbih al-Na’im al-gamr ‘ala Mawasim al-‘Umar’ Translated by Ayman Ibn Khalid, Published by Dar as-Sunnah Publishers]

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