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The leader of the opposition to corrupt worldly power wore his humble gown and hastened as fast as

lightning towards Syria. Ordinary people hardly heard about his arrival before they hurried to welcome

him with great enthusiasm and longing desire, surrounding him wherever he would go or stay. "O Abu

Dhar, please tell us... O, Companion of the Prophet (PBUH) please tell us..."

Sharp-eyed he would take a glance at the multitude around him, seeing the majority of them

suffering from poverty and need. He then directed his eyes to a place not too far away where he saw

many palaces and landed estates. Then he shouted to those around him, "I wonder why those who don't

find something to eat don't go out holding their swords ready to fight?"

Then he immediately remembered the Prophet's admonition to replace opposition and rebellion with

patience, and to replace the sword with brave and daring words, abandoning the language of war and

returning to logic, reason, and conviction; teaching people that they are all equal like the teeth of a comb;

that they are all partners as far as the means of living are concerned; that no one is superior to another

except in piety; and that their ruler should be the first to starve if the people suffer hunger and the last to

satisfy his appetite if they become sated.

He decided to create by means of his words and bravery a public opinion all over the Muslim

countries which would represent, through its intelligence, indomitability, and strength, a hindering force

to the deviations of the rulers and the rich and wealthy, in order to hinder the appearance and spread of a

power- and wealth- monopolizing class.

Within a few days, the whole of Syria turned into what resembled a bee-hive which had found its

queen. If Abu Dhar would have given the slightest passing gesture of revolt, the whole of Syria would

have been set on fire. But, as mentioned before, he focused his interest on creating a respectable public

opinion. His words turned into the subject of conversation everywhere, inside mosques, during meetings,

and even on roads. Danger increased and reached its peak for Abu Dhar, speaking about the newly

acquired privileges of the rich and powerful, on the day in which be argued with Mu'aawiyah in front of

the masses. Every witness of that debate told those who missed it, so that its news spread as fast as


Abu Dhar, who possessed the most truthful tongue on earth, as the Prophet (PBUH) described him,

stood up. He asked Mu'aawiyah about his wealth before and after being in power, about the house in

which he was living in Makkah, and the castles he owned in Syria. Then he raised the question to the

Companions who had accompanied Mu`aawiyah to Syria and were now owners of estates and castles.

After that he cried to them "is it you among whom the Prophet lived when the Qur'aan was being

revealed? Then he answered himself, "Yes, it is you! The Qur'aan was revealed among you. It is you who

experienced with the Prophet (PBUH) all the different scenes.

Then he asked them again, "Can't you find this verse in the Book of Allah? .... and those who hoard

up gold and silver, and do not expend it in the cause of GOD, announce to them a painful chastisment -

On the Day when it shall be heated in the Fire of Hell, and with it their foreheads, and their bodies, and

their backs shall be branded, "This is what you treasured for yourselves, so taste the evil of what you

were treasuring " (9: 34-35).

However, Mu'aawiyah wanted to end the whole dispute by arguing that this verse was mentioned

regarding the People of the Book (i.e. the Jews and Christians). Hereupon cried Abu Dhar, "No, it has

been revealed for us all."

Abu Dhar then continued his talk, advising Mu'aawiyah and his followers to give up their landed

estates, castles, money, and all their possessions, and to abstain from saving for themselves more than

their daily need.

Through the people's assemblies, congregations, and meetings, the news of the debate spread and

reached everyone's ears.