صَلِّ بِالنَّاسِ ثَلاثًا وَلْيَخْلُ هَؤُلاءِ الْقَوْمُ فِي بَيْتٍ فَإِذَا اجْتَمَعُوا عَلَى رَجُلٍ فَمَنْ خَالَفَهُمْ فَاضْرِبُوا رَأْسَهُThere are a lot of narrations carries the same meaning, for example, it was narrated that Umar (ra) also said:
"Lead people in prayers for three days and these (six candidates and the mediators) should stay alone in a house.
If they all elected a man of them, cut off the head of who will disagree." (Ibn Saad, al-Tabaqat al-Kubra, Vol. 3, p. 260, Tareekh al-Tabari, Vol. 4, p. 229, Abu Shabah, Tareekh al-Madinah, Vol. 3, p. 924, al-Khalal, al-Sunah, p. 278)
وَيَتْبَعُ الْأقلُ الْأَكْثَرَ ، وَمِنْ تَأْمَرَ مِنْ غَيْرِ أَنْ يُؤَمَّرَ فَاُقْتُلُوهُThis hard way has to be established because if the fitnah (trial) initiated, there would be a large number of killed Muslims. So, it has to be stopped from the beginning.
"The minority (of electors) have to follow (the choice of) the majority, and anyone who put himself in the leadership without permission, kill him." (Ibn Hajar, Fath al-Bari, Vol. 13, p. 196)
وَقَدْ أَخْرُجَ بْنُ سَعْدٍ بِسَنَدِ صَحِيحٍ مِنْ طَرِيقِ الزُّهْرِيِّ عَنْ سَالِمٍ عَنْ بْنُ عُمَرIn a contemporary critical study focused on the narrations about the statements of Umar (ra) authored by Abd al-Salam Muhsin, all the narrations of the event are included and checked and he concluded for two narrations to be authentic (including one narration reported in the four books references above):
"Ibn Saad narrated with an authentic isnad (chain of narrators) on the authority of al-Zuhri from Salim from ibn Umar (ra)." (Ibn Hajar, Fath al-Bari, Vol. 13, p. 196)
وَسَنَدُهُ مُتَّصِلٌ وَرُجَّالُهُ ثِقَاتٌ، فَالْأثَرُ صَحِيحٌ ... وَرُجَّالُ إِسْنادِهِ عِنْدَ اِبْنِ سَعْدٍ ثِقَاتٍEven Ibn Taymiyah who approached another narration that contains a fabricated part, he rightly only attacked the meaning others understood from it and referred to a hadith carries the same meaning above:
"Its isnad is mutasil (unbroken) and its narrators are trustworthy, so the narration id authentic … (the author added regarding another narration) The narrator of its isnad in ibn Saad are trustworthy." (Abd al-Salam Muhsin, Dirasat Naqdiyah fi al-Marwiyaat al-Waridah fi Shakhsiyat Umar Ibn al-Khatab, pp. 1112-1116)
بَلْ يَكُونُ قَدَّ أَمَرَ بِقَتْلِ مَنْ يَقْصِدُ الْفِتْنَةَ، كَمَا قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيه وَسَلَّمَ: مِنْ جَاءَكُمْ وَأَمْرَكُمْ عَلَى رَجُلٍ وَاحِدٍ، يُرِيدُ أَنْ يُفَرِّقَ جَمَاعَتَكُمْ فَاِضْرِبُوا عُنُقَهُ بِالسَّيْفِ كَائِنًا مَنْ كَانَMarginal Issue
"The order (of Umar) referred to those who intended the fitnah, as the Prophet (saw) said: who put himself forward (on authority) while you elected a man and he wants to depart you jama'ah, cut his head off by the sword regardless of his status." (Ibn Taymiyah, Minhaj al-Sunnah, Vol. 273)
لَا وَالَّذِي ذَهَبَ بِنَفْسِ عُمَرَ ؛ لَا أَزَيِّدكُمْ عَلَى الْأيَّامِ الثَّلاثَةِ الَّتِي أُمِرْتُم، ثُمَّ أَجْلِسُ فِي بَيْتِي؛ فَأَنْظُرُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَWhat about Muslims now are living since 1924 without a caliphate and without unity between them.
"No, I swear by the one who took the soul of Umar (ra), I won't give you more than the three days you are entitled (to handle the issue on them) and I will stay in my house looking (or waiting) for what you do."
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