Sufyaan's Naseehat to Haroun Rashid
Posted: 15 Nov 2009 09:21 AM PST
Haroun Rashid, the famous Khalifah of the Abbaasi Dynasty and Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri the renowned Wali, were friends from their childhood days. After Haroun Rashid was appointed the Khalifah, he expressed the desire to meet Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri (rahmatullah alayh). However, Hadhrat Sufyaan ignored the Khalifah's request. After a considerable time had lapsed, Haroun Rashid wrote the following letter to Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri (rahmatullah alayh):
"From Haroun Rashid to Brother Sufyaan, My honourable Brother, You are aware that Allah Ta 'ala has created brotherly ties among all Muslims. Our old relationship still exists as before. All my friends have come forward to congratulate my appointment to the Khilaafate. I have honoured them with many gifts. Alas! You have not yet come. I myself would have come to you. However, this would be in conflict with the dignity of the Office of Khilaafate. "
Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri (rahmatullah alayh) responded as follows:
"From this weak servant Sufyaan to Haroun, the one in love with wealth:
You, yourself have acknowledged in your letter that you have misappropriated the wealth of the Baitul Maal of the Muslims. You have wrongly spent it to present gifts.
You are furthermore not contented with this (misappropriation). You now desire that I testify against you on the Day of Qiyaamah. O Haroun! Be prepared to answer tomorrow in the Divine Court . You are seated on a throne. You don silken garments. You have guards standing at your door.
Your officers consume liquor but punish others who consume it. They commit fornication, but cut off the hands of thieves. You and your officers first have to be punished for these crimes, then comes the rum of others.
Haroun remember that a day in Qiyaamah will come when you will be ushered forth in fetters. Your tyrannical officers will be following you. You will be their leader to lead them all to Jahannum.
I have fulfilled the rights of goodness towards you (by this admonition). Henceforth do not write to me again."
When Haroun Rashid read this letter, he let out a scream and sobbed profusely.
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