Umar ibn al-Khattab (May Allah be well-pleased with him) advised Sa’d ibn Abi Waqaas (May Allah be well-pleased with him) and said:

“Do not be deceived in regards to Allah that it may be said [of you]: He is the uncle of the Messenger of Allah (Blessings and Peace of Allah upon him) and his companion, for Allah does not erase evil with evil, but erases evil through good.

Indeed there is no relations between Allah and any other except through His obedience. The people altogether, their noble and their lowly, are in front of Allah alike. Allah is their Lord and they His slaves. They surpass one another when it comes to wellbeing, but attain what He has through His obedience.

So see the matters which you have witnessed the Messenger of Allah (Blessings and Peace of Allah upon him) was upon, from the day he was sent to us to the day he parted, and adhere to it, for it is the matter [of success and salvation].

This is my advise to you.

If you choose to leave it and favour other over it, then all your work will be in vain and you will be among the losers”.

Reference:

[1] Al-Bidaya w Al-Nihaya 7/42

قال عمر بن الخطاب لسعد بن أبي وقاص (رضي الله عنهما):ـ

لا يغرنك من الله أن قيل خال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وصاحبه، فإن الله لا يمحو السيئ بالسيئ، ولكن يمحو السيئ بالحسن، وإن الله ليس بينه وبين أحد نسب إلا بطاعته، فالناس شريفهم ووضيعهم في ذات الله سواء، الله ربهم وهم عباده، يتفاضلون بالعافية ويدركون ما عند الله بالطاعة، فانظر الامر الذي رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم منذ بعث إلى أن فارقنا عليه فألزمه، فإنه الامر

هذه عظتي إياك، إن تركتها ورغبت عنها حبط عملك وكنت من الخاسرين

Umar

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