» 14th June 2012
My Word Is My Honour
Hurmuzan, the leader of the Persians, was brought to Ameerul Mu'mineen Sayyiduna 'Umar رضي الله عنه as a prisoner.
'Umar رضي الله عنه addressed him, "I present Islaam to you in good counsel for your immediate and future endeavours."
Hurmuzan replied, "I believe firmly in the religion I currently follow. I have no inclinations towards Islaam."
'Umar رضي الله عنه was about to behead him, but he requested, "Can I have a sip of water, instead of dying of thirst?"
'Umar رضي الله عنه instructed that he be given some water to drink.
With the water in his hand, he asked, "Am I safe until I drink it?"
"Yes," replied 'Umar رضي الله عنه.
He then threw the water onto the ground and said, "Honour your word!"
'Umar رضي الله عنه replied, "You have my word. You shall be left alone until we think the matter over."
At this, Hurmuzan said, "Now I proclaim that there is no deity worthy of worship besides Allaah and that Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is His servant and messenger. Whatever he proclaimed was the truth."
'Umar رضي الله عنه said, "You are now a Muslim, but what delayed you in accepting Islaam?"
Hurmuzan answered, "I did not want people to think that I had accepted Islaam out of fear."
Upon this, 'Umar رضي الله عنه remarked, "The Persians have such intelligence which has entitled them to rule over vast dominions." 'Umar then ordered that Hurmuzan be treated kindly.
'Umar رضي الله عنه would then consult him regarding military matters dealing with the Persians.
[Pearls from the Path; Al-'Idul Fareed, p 112; Nihayatul 'Arab Fi Fununil Adab]
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