Saidina Umar’s test to determine a person’s knowledge of another person
Written by: Mohd Nidzam Abdul Kadir
Translated By: Yasmin Norhazleena Bahari Md Noor
Saidina Umar al Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) interrogated a man (A) in order to determine whether A really knew about another particular person (B). The questions Saidina Umar raised to A were the following:
Saidina Umar: Do you know B?
Saidina Umar: Are you his neighbour?
Saidina Umar: Have you ever traveled in a
long journey with B?
Saidina Umar: Have you ever had a business
transaction with B?
Saidina Umar: May be you saw him pray at the
Saidina Umar decided that A did not really know B as what he initially claimed.
What we can learn from Saidina Umar’s dealing is that unless you have experienced the following with a person then you can confidently claim to a certain extent, that you know such person. You know a person because you have:
- Been his neighbour.
- Traveled in a long journey with him.
- Completed a business transaction with him.