Taariq bin Shihab reports that when Umar (RA) was traveling to Shaam, Abu Ubaydah bin Jarraah (RA) was accompanying him. When they arrived at a point where they had to wade across, Umar (RA) alighted from his camel, removed his leather socks and threw them over his shoulders. He then took hold of the reins of the camel and waded through. “O Ameerul Mu’mineen!” Abu Ubaydah (RA) said, “Are you doing… that?! Do you also remove your leather socks, throw them over your shoulders, take hold of the reins of the camel and then wade through?! I would not like the people of that city (where we are headed) to see you like this.” “O, Abu Ubaydah! Had anyone other than you made such a statement, I would have made him a lesson for the Ummah of Muhammad (SAW). We were once amongst the lowest of people, but Allah gave us honour because of Islam. As soon as we start to seek honour in avenues other than that in which Allah has granted us honour, Allah will then humiliate us.” [Mustadarak al-Hakim (1/130) No. 207]
A brilliant lesson for all of us here. I notice around me, people with little knowledge who are riding very high in the skies of pride
I notice around me, people who have forsaken their lord for worldly comfort and praise, riding very high in the skies of ignorance
I notice around me, people who have little to nothing to loose, still not of humility and I wonder which sky are they waiting for ??
Why has man grown so tall that he only aims for the skies ??
Why does man not bow his head in humility and realize his gratitude towards his CREATOR ??
And then when he is confronted with the tsunamis and scale 8 earthquakes ~ does he not realize that he is but only smaller than the minutest ants crawling before the mercy of his CREATOR ??
No even then, he feels he escaped becoz he was intelligent, he was fast, he was lucky !
Little does he realize, he was spared to teach him a lesson !
Alas ~ but what good ??
Humility is fast leaving from the roots of this world……..
Have you forgotten that you, like your great grandfather Adam (alai salam) came from what ??