Letter Concerning the Dismissal of Khaled
|Letter Concerning the Dismissal of Khaled
by , 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!