Hadhrat Umar Radhiyallahu Anhu, during the period of his khilaafat, informed his governors in Bait-Ul-Maqdis that he would be arriving there and they should come to meet him, In accordance to his instruction, they all came out to meet him. When he arrived, they noticed that he was wearing a kurta sewn with seventeen patches. Someone suggested that he change his kurta as it may have a negative effect on the enemy.
The kuffaar would scorn at the Muslims on account of the poor dressing of the Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen. Hence, a fine kurta was presented to him to wear. Hadhrat Umar Radhiyallahu Anhu became upset and reprimanded the governor saying, ” Had it been anyone else who made this suggestion, I would have whipped him severely.
Is the honour of Imaan and Islam not sufficient for us? Will we attain greater honour by wearing this fine kurta? By the qasam of Allah Ta’laa, we were a nation soaked in idolatry and disgrace. It was through Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam that we were blessed with the wealth of Imaan and we attained honour and respect through it. Are we now going to look for respect in things other than this?
Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummah