Saidina Umar’s test to determine a person’s knowledge of another person

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?

A: Yes.

Saidina Umar: Are you his neighbour?

A: No.

Saidina Umar: Have you ever traveled in a

long journey with B?

A: No.

Saidina Umar: Have you ever had a business

transaction with B?

A: No.

Saidina Umar: May be you saw him pray at the

mosque?

A: Yes.

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:

  1. Been his neighbour.
  2. Traveled in a long journey with him.
  3. Completed a business transaction with him.
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