Umar on Apostasy: I did not command it, I was not pleased

Muhammad ibn al-Qari reported: A man came to Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, from Abu Musa al-Ashari. Umar asked him about the people and he informed him. Then, Umar said, “Do you have any recent news?” Abu Musa said, “Yes, a man turned back to unbelief after his Islam.” Umar said, “What have you done with him?” Abu Musa said, “We let him approach and we struck his neck.” Umar said, “Did you not imprison him for three days and feed him each day with bread and call him to repent and return to the command of Allah?” Then, Umar said, “O Allah, I was not present and I did not command it and I was not pleased when I heard it!”

Source: al-Muwaṭṭa’ 1397

Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبْدٍ الْقَارِيِّ أَنَّهُ قَالَ قَدِمَ عَلَى عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ رضي الله عنه رَجُلٌ مِنْ قِبَلِ أَبِي مُوسَى الْأَشْعَرِيِّ فَسَأَلَهُ عَنْ النَّاسِ فَأَخْبَرَهُ ثُمَّ قَالَ لَهُ عُمَرُ هَلْ كَانَ فِيكُمْ مِنْ مُغَرِّبَةِ خَبَرٍ فَقَالَ نَعَمْ رَجُلٌ كَفَرَ بَعْدَ إِسْلَامِهِ قَالَ فَمَا فَعَلْتُمْ بِهِ قَالَ قَرَّبْنَاهُ فَضَرَبْنَا عُنُقَهُ فَقَالَ عُمَرُ أَفَلَا حَبَسْتُمُوهُ ثَلَاثًا وَأَطْعَمْتُمُوهُ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ رَغِيفًا وَاسْتَتَبْتُمُوهُ لَعَلَّهُ يَتُوبُ وَيُرَاجِعُ أَمْرَ اللَّهِ ثُمَّ قَالَ عُمَرُ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي لَمْ أَحْضُرْ وَلَمْ آمُرْ وَلَمْ أَرْضَ إِذْ بَلَغَنِي

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