Umar on Humility: No good in us until we accept self-criticism

Al-Hasan reported: A man said to Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, “Fear Allah, O leader of the believers! By Allah, the matter is not as you said!” The people rushed to the man and they said, “Do not criticize the leader of the believers!” When Umar saw them crowding around the man, he said, “Leave him alone. There is no goodness in him if he did not say it to us, and there is no goodness in us if we do not listen.”

Source: Tārīkh al-Madīnah 1235

عَنِ الْحَسَنِ قال قال رَجُلٌ لِعُمَرَ رضي الله عنه اتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَا أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فَوَاللَّهِ مَا الأَمْرُ كَمَا قلت قال فَأَقْبَلُوا عَلَى الرَّجُلِ فقالوا لا تَأْلِتْ أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فَلَمَّا رَآهُمْ أَقْبَلُوا عَلَى الرَّجُلِ قال دَعُوهُمْ فَلا خَيْرَ فِيهِمْ إِذَا لَمْ يَقُولُوهَا لَنَا وَلا خَيْرَ فِينَا إِذَا لَمْ تُقَلْ لَنَا

1235 تاريخ المدينة لابن شبة أخبار عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه تقدير الدية في عهد عمر رضي الله عنه