Umar on Peace: Ending conflicts in peace more beloved than entire earth

Anas ibn Malik reported: I said, “O commander of the faithful, some people have turned renegade against Islam and joined the idolaters. What is to be done to them other than killing?” Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “That I take hold of them on peaceful terms is more beloved to me than everything over which the sun rises, from the horizon or the zenith.” I said, “O commander of the faithful, what would you do if you took hold of them?” Umar said, “I would offer them the door through which they exited, that they would enter it again. If they did so, I would accept it from them; otherwise I would keep them in prison.”

Source: Muṣannaf ‘Abd al-Razzāq 18696

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ibn Kathir

عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قُلْتُ يَا أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ قَوْمٌ ارْتَدُّوا عَنِ الْإِسْلَامِ وَلَحِقُوا بِالْمُشْرِكِينَ مَا سَبِيلُهُمْ إِلَّا الْقَتْلُ فَقَالَ عُمَرُ رضي الله عنه لَأَنْ أَكُونَ أَخَذْتُهُمْ سِلْمًا أَحَبُّ إِلَيَّ مِمَّا طَلَعَتْ عَلَيْهِ الشَّمْسُ مِنْ صَفْرَاءَ أَوْ بَيْضَاءَ قُلْتُ يَا أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَمَا كُنْتَ صَانِعًا بِهِمْ لَوْ أَخَذْتَهُمْ قَالَ كُنْتُ عَارِضًا عَلَيْهِمُ الْبَابَ الَّذِي خَرَجُوا مِنْهُ أَنْ يَدْخُلُوا فِيهِ فَإِنْ فَعَلُوا ذَلِكَ قَبِلْتُ مِنْهُمْ وَإِلَّا اسْتَوْدَعْتُهُمُ السِّجْنَ

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