Rabu 22 Nov 2023 15:15 WIB

The Story of a Corrupt Warrior and His Devastation

A warrior repents of corruption and returns his property.

Rep: Rossi Handayani/ Red: Erdy Nasrul
Anti-corruption campaign (illustration)
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Anti-corruption campaign (illustration)

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- In the days of Muawiyah Radhiyallahu Anhu, there was one of the war troops who committed corruption. But he was so sorry for what he did. For this reason, he also continues to strive to make the disease acceptable.

As quoted from the book Fiqih ASN and Employees by Ustaz Ammi Nur Baits, in the time of Muawiyah Radhiyallahu Anhu, he sent one army led by Abdurrahman Khalid bin Walid. When the troops get a victory, then come back. There was someone who took 100 dinars from ghanimah and he hid. After that, the ghanimah was divided and all the troops went home.

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Halfway through, this Mujahid was remorseful. Then, he went to the commander of the army, Abdurrahman bin Khalid bin Walid. He relayed to the commander-in-chief the offences he committed and he wanted the money back. However, Abdurrahman refused.

“I can't accept from you. The troops have dispersed, they have gone home. You will bear it before God on the Day of Resurrection.“

Finally, this Mujahid came to some companions, and they gave the same answer. Until he left for Damascus to meet Muawiyah Radhiyallahu Anhu to return the 100 dinars. However, Muawiyah refused. Until he came out of Muawiyah's place crying, saying 'innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raajiuun'.

As she wept and regretted her actions, she met a cleric named Abdullah as-Saksaki. He recounted his experience to this scholar. Then the scholar advised, “Please return to Muawiyah, tell him that he will receive 1/5 of the 100 dinars, so give him 20 dinars. Then donate the remaining 80 dinars in the name of the whole army. Indeed Allah accepts repentance from His servants, and He knows best who they are and where they live.“

Finally, the Mujahid did this suggestion. Muawiyah accepted the 20 dinars, and said,

“If I had given the fatwa, I would have preferred it more than all the possessions I have” (Tafsir Ibn Katsir, 4/208).

This story provides a lesson on how to repent of the proceeds of corruption or the wealth of ghulul. Allahu a'lam. 

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