Why was Abu Dharr al-Ghifari exiled to Rabadha Desert?
Submitted by on Fri, 27/01/2017 - 10:34
Dear Brother / Sister,
Abu Dharr al-Ghifari himself wanted to go to Rabadha and Hz. Uthman approved it.
Abu Dharr was a poor and ascetic person who liked living alone. He did not value the world. Therefore, the Prophet gave him the name "Masihul-Islam".
As a matter of fact, after the death of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), Abu Dharr broke off his ties with the world and started to live in seclusion. The vineyards and orchards of Madinah were nothing but ruins for him. When Hz. Abu Bakr died, Abu Dharr retired completely. He could not put up with the pains in his heart. He left Madinah and settled in Damascus.
During the period of Hz. Uthman, the conquests increased and the traditions of the people in the conquered areas started to affect Islam. Consequently, the administrators started to lead a worldly life, abandoning plainness. They started to build palaces and mansions and employed servants. The plainness of the periods of the Messenger of Allah, Hz. Abu Bakr and Hz. Umar started to be forgotten.
One of those who did not forget the plainness of those periods was Abu Dharr. He insisted on leading a plain life. He warned those who chose to led a luxurious life; he told them that this state would bring them nothing but evil and that they would be called to account for them one day. He often read the following verse as evidence:
"...And there are those who bury gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah: announce unto them a most grievous penalty." (at-Tawba, 9/34)
He always criticized the lifestyles of Hz. Muawiyah and his administrators. Therefore, people complained to Hz. Uthman about Abu Dharr saying that he caused mischief. Hz. Uthman called Abu Dharr to Madinah. After Abu Dharr came to Madinah, he sent a message to Hz. Uthman saying, "I do not need any worldly possessions." Abu Dharr’s arrival in Madinah affected and surprised people a lot. However, Abu Dharr did not stay in Madinah very long; he went to Rabadha near Makkah and settled there. Hz. Uthman approved this act of Abu Dharr’s. He gave him a few sheep and a camel and told him to use them as his sustenance.
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