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Abu Dhar Al Ghifaari

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The leader of opposition and an enemy of wealth. Abu Dhar, it has been narrated, worshiped Allah during the period of jahiliyah and he immediately, without hesitation, embraced Islam after he met the Prophet (PBUH). His order among the converts was fifth or sixth, which means that he converted during the first days, if not first hours, of Islam. Abu Dhar whose real name was Jundub Ibn Janadah had a restless and agitated temper - he revolted against falsehood wherever it existed. He was magnificent propagator of Islam - obstinate, unyielding, and difficult to be defeated. Abu Dhar's truthfulness was not mute merit - it is never silent. Truthfulness, according to Abu Dhar, is equivalent to openness and publicity, publicity of truth and challenge to falsehood, support of right and refutation of wrong. Being the Governor of Syria in Hazrat Umar's reign, he was not interested in any worldly gain; thus Allah blessed him with insight. He spent his life focusing on the faults of power and money. He devoted himself to sincere, honest opposition. Abu Dhar died alone in the desert of Ar-Rabadhah, having walked on a path no one else had passed over so gloriously.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin

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