THE GOVERNOR SAEED BIN AAMIR (R.A.)
Hadrat Sa’eed Bin Aamir Radiyallaahu Anhu is a name that is not frequently mentioned or even known by many Muslims – yet he was a man of such unshakable faith and overwhelming simplicity that his story should be told in every household. He was appointed by Hadrat Umar Bin Khattab Radiyallaahu Anhu, the second Calipha of Islam, as the Governor of Hims in Syria. When he was nominated for that position, he, Radiyallaahu Anhu refused, saying, “Do not expose me to fitnah (trials and tribulations).” But Hadrat Umar Radiyallaahu Anhu did not want to take the answer of refusal from him, on account of him knowing very well, that Hadrat Sa’eed Bin Aamir Radiyallaahu Anhu was the perfect candidate for the position of governor at the time. He urged him to accept saying, “By Allah Ta’ala, I will not let you turn me down. Do you lay burdens of your trusteeship and the caliphate upon my shoulders, then refuse to help me out?” On hearing This Hadrat Sa’eed Bin Aamir Radiyallaahu Anhu had no way out and thus forced to accept the position as governor.
What a stark contrast to the leaders of our world today! The greed for power and position has left the world in a state of relentless anarchy and corruption! But look at the companions of the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam and their lack of love and total abhorrence to power, position and authority in this world! Whilst we covet these, they held these in contempt. This is what gave them the mark of distinction in the Ummah and placed them above the rest!
Hims was called the second Kufa (Kufa is in Iraq) because its people were notorious for endless mutiny and uprising. Yet, these people loved and obeyed Hadrat Sa’eed Bin Aamir Radiyallaahu Anhu. He must have been truly a great man indeed!
Once, when Hadrat Umar Radiyallaahu Anhu said to him that he found it strange that the people of Hims loved and obeyed him so intensely, He, Radiyallaahu Anhu replied, “Perhaps they love me because I help and sympathize with them.”
But soon the rebellious nature of these people got the better of them and they began complaining about their governor Hadrat Sa’eed Bin Aamir Radiyallaahu Anhu. Their complaints about the governor reached Hadrat Umar Radiyallaahu Anhu when he was visiting Hims. Hadrat Umar Radiyallaahu Anhu asked the people to state their complaints one by one. The representative of that group stood up and said, “We have four complaints against Sa’eed Bin Aamir O Ameerul Mumineen: First, he does not come out of his house until the sun rises high and the day becomes hot; second, he does not see anyone at night (that is, he is not available for us at night); third, there are two days in every month in which he doesn’t leave his house at all; fourth, he faints every now and then and this annoys us even though we know he cannot help it.”
Upon hearing these complaints, Hadrat Umar Radiyallaahu Anhu became silent for a while. In his silence he made duaa saying, “O Allah! I know that Sa’eed is one of Your best slaves. O Allah, I beseech and implore You to not make me disappointed in him.”
He then called for Hadrat Sa’eed Bin Aamir Radiyallaahu Anhu and relayed to him the complaints of his people. When Hadrat Sa’eed Bin Aamir Radiyallaahu Anhu heard the complaints of his people, he said, “By Allah, I did not wish to make known my reasons for my actions to anyone but now I have no other option but to explain and justify the complaints which have been brought against me! First, the reason I do not leave my house before noon is because my wife does not have a servant, so I knead the dough for her, wait for it to rise, bake my bread, perform ablution and pray Duhaa and then go out of my house.”
Hadrat Umar’s Radiyallaahu Anhu’s face lit up and he smiled when he heard the first reason of Hadrat Saeed Bin Aamir Radiyallaahu Anhu. Under his breath he muttered, “All praises and thanks to Allah!”
Hadrat Sa’eed Bin Aamir Radiyallaahu Anhu then continued, “As for their complaint that I do not meet them at night, by Allah, I did not wish to make my reasons known, but you have compelled me to do so. I have devoted the day to the people and their needs and reserved the night for the worship of Allah Ta’ala.
“As for their third complaint that they do not see me for two days in a month, it is because I do not have a servant to wash my garment and I have only one garment. So I wash it, wait for it to dry and shortly before sunset I go out of my house to meet them.
“As for their fourth complaint, that I have fainting fits, it is because I was a witness to the martyrdom of Hadrat Khubaib Al-Ansaari Radiyallaahu Anhu in Makkah. As the people of Quraysh cut his body into small pieces, they mockingly said to him, “Do you want to save yourself and see Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa sallam in your place instead?” And he answered, “By Allah, I will not accept your offer of setting me free to return to my family safe and sound, even if you gave me all the splendour and ornaments of this life in return for exposing the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam to the slightest harm, even if that harm was as small as the prick of a thorn!” This happened when I was still a disbeliever (he had not embraced Islam then) and now every time that scene comes to my mind and I remember how I stood there and watched Hadrat Khubaib Radiyallaahu Anhu being tortured to death, and did nothing to save him, I find myself shaking with fear of Allah Ta’ala’s punishment and I faint!”
There was nothing more to be said except what Umar (RA) said in response to this explanation: “Alhamdulillah! All praises and thanks to Allah!”
The governors of today live like kings, they fill their stomachs with good food while their people go hungry, they fill their coffers with money and precious stones while their people struggle to make ends meet and they lie, cheat and struggle to retain their positions of power so that they can continue to loot and plunder! SubhanAllah!
Let us learn about Islam and about the people who really practiced it and let us not allow people who are ignorant about Islam to hijack our religion