The second Caliph, Umar bin Khattab (r.a) appointed Sa'id bin Amir Al-Jumahi (r.a) as Governor of Homs. Not long afterwards, a delegation from Homs made up of people came to visit the Caliph in Madinah.
Umar requested them to write the names of poor among the people of Homs so he could relieve their needs. They prepared a list for him in which the name of Sa'id bin Amir appeared.
"Who is this Sa'id bin Amir?" asked Umar.
"Our Governor," they replied.
"Your Governor is poor?" said Umar, puzzled.
"Yes," they affirmed. "By God, several days go by without a fire lit in his house.
Umar was greatly moved and wept, then he sent some money for Sa'id.
"Convey my greetings to him and tell him that the Amir al-Mu'mineen
(Chief of the Believers) has sent this money to help him look after his need."
Later, when Sa'id received the money, he said: "From God we are and to Him we shall certainly return."
He said it in such a way as if some misfortune had descended on him. His wife hurried to him and asked:
"What's the matter, Sa'id? Has the Caliph died?"
"Something greater than that."
"Have the Muslims been defeated in a battle?"
"Something greater than that. The world has come upon me to corrupt my Hereafter and created disorder in my house."
"Then get rid of it," she said, not knowing anything about the money.
"Will you help me in this?" he asked.
She agreed. He took the money, put them in bags and distributed them to the poor people in Homs...
[Companions of the Prophet - Abdul Wahid Hamid]
p/s: Imagine if all world leaders noble like this ....... Peace for sure insyaAllah :)
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