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Nasr ibn Hajjaj’s Expedition from Madinah to Basra

A companion had an exceedingly handsome son. He was so handsome that the women of the companions’ era were mad about him!
His name was Nasr ibn Hajjaj, may Allah have mercy upon him.

Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, was the Caliph at that time. As usual, he would roam around Madinah at night. Suddenly, he heard someone humming inside a house. It was a girl reciting poetry, “Is there a way to get some wine to drink, and is there a way to be with Nasr bin Hajjaj?”

The Caliph took this matter very seriously.

To ensure the girls didn’t distract others with his handsomeness, the Caliph ordered him to shave his head. When Nasr ibn Hajjaj shaved his head, he looked even more handsome than before!

The Caliph concluded that such a handsome boy couldn’t be kept in Madinah. He sent Nasr ibn Hajjaj to Basra.

After some time, Nasr ibn Hajjaj wrote a letter to the Caliph saying, “What wrong have I done? I want to return to Madinah.”

The Caliph replied, “It’s impossible in my lifetime.”

Several months passed. Umar’s policy was to keep those who could benefit others close.
He wrote a letter to the Syrians,
“Send the most virtuous and decent person among you to Madinah.”

The Syrians sent no one but Nasr ibn Hajjaj, may Allah have mercy upon him!

Abu Nu‘aym in Hilyat al-Awliya’ (4/322), Ibn ‘Asaakir Tareekh Dimashq (62/21)

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Ariful Islam (Arif)

Ariful Islam (Arif)

Studied at Dhaka University. His pen enlivened him with the vigor of his convictions.
Online activist, loves to uncover the truth and present the uncovered truth to people.

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Online activist, loves to uncover the truth and present the uncovered truth to people.

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