Letter Concerning the Dismissal of Khaled

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Letter Concerning the Dismissal of Khaled
by Umar, translated by Washington Irving
Facing controversy from his military commanders for replacing a successful leader, Umar wrote this letter as explanation, noting that allegations of Khaled accepting bribes played no part in his decision. Translation as it appeared in Mahomet and his Successors.

I have punished Khaled not on account of fraud or falsehood, but for his vanity and prodigality; paying poets for ascribing to him alone all the successes of the holy war.

Good and evil come from God, not from Khaled!