Umar Ibn Abdal-Aziz Dismisses a Governor

Umar Ibn Abdal-Aziz Dismisses a Governor
Umar Ibn Abdal-Aziz Dismisses a Governor

Caliph Hazrat Umar Ibn Abdal-Aziz Dismisses a Governor

Umar Ibn Abdal Aziz appointed a person as Governor of a Province. Somebody said that this person had held the same post under Hajjaj Ibn Yousuf (the notorious blood- shedder) also. Umar Ibn Abdal Aziz immediately gave orders for his dismissal. The man protested: “I had been with Hajjaj only for a very short time.” To this, the caliph replied: “His company for a day or even less is enough to render a man unfit for public service.” 
Note:- ” A man is known by the company he keeps.” The company of pious people leaves an imperceptible impression of piety on the character, and likewise evil company has its evil influence. That is why association with bad people is always discouraged. Even the company of animals is not without its own effect. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Pride and arrogance are prone to be found in those who own camels and horse, while meekness and humility characterize those who look after sheep and goats.” 
Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: ” A person who associates with a pious man is like one who sits with a musk seller. Even if he does not receive any musk from the latter, still the pleasant smell would be a source of pleasure to him. But bad company is like a furnace; a man sitting near it cannot escape the smoke and the fumes, even if a spark does not fall on him.”     
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