Not Taking Up Positions Of Authority
Many governors were keen to be relieved of the task that had been entrusted to them. During ‘Umar’s reign as Caliphate, ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwaan asked ‘Umar to let him off from the governorship of basra, but he did not let him off.
An-Nu’maan Ibn Maqran, who was the governor of Kaskar asked ‘Umar to let him off from being a governor and let him to for jihaad so that he could seek martyrdom.
Some of the Sahaabah refused governor posts when ‘Umar asked them to work as governors.
Az-Zubayr Ibn Al-‘Awaam refused the governorship of Egypt when ‘Umar offered it to him saying, “O Aboo ‘Abdillaah, would you like to be the governor of Egypt?” He said, “I have no need of that, rather let me go out as a Mujaahid to help the Muslims.”
Ibn ‘Abbaas refused the governorship of Homs when ‘Umar offered it to him after the death of its governor.
‘Umar sent word to Sa’eed Ibn ‘Aamir, appointing him as a governor in some parts of Syria, but Sa’eed refused the post.
Yahyaa Ibn Mu’aadh Ar-Raazi said, “He will never prosper from whom you sense any sign of aspiration to leadership positions.” [Sifat As-Safwah, 4/94]
[” ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, His Life And Times” by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, 2/57-58]
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