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Justice with candles?
- O Commander of the faithful! Tell me why you did change the candle.
Caliph Omar (ra) replied:
- The previous candle was of the state and belongs to the bayt al-mal (state treasury). I utilize it during my state related duties. The second one is mine. If somebody comes and visits me, I do not use the candle of the treasury as it is an individual meeting. It is haram to use the property of the state for personal uses. That’s why I lit up the second one.