Truth Takes Priority Over Friendship, Leadership, Relationship etc.

When it came to the issue of right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the Companions would voice their opinions not allowing friendship, leadership, relationship, or anything else, for that matter, to stop them from expressing what they felt to be the truth.

When Aboo Bakr (ra), the Caliph, resolved upon fighting the apostates and those who refused to pay the zakaat, ‘Umar (ra) demurred, arguing that the Prophet (saw) said:

I have been ordered to fight the people until they say, ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah.‘ And if they say it, then they have protected from me their blood and wealth, except if there is a prior right to it, and their accountability is with Allaah.” [Bukharee & Muslim]

Aboo Bakr answered:

“Did not the Prophet (saw) say, ‘except if there is a prior right‘? And from its rights is the zakaat.”

‘Umar was the first to pledge allegiance to Aboo Bakr as Caliph because he recognized his superiority, yet his love and veneration for Aboo Bakr did not prevent him from contending with him regarding a matter in which he felt was right – in a matter about which he disagreed with Aboo Bakr.


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