Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (ra) is one of the most remarkable personalities in Islam. He is a companion of the messenger of Allah (saw), a man who sought the after life and rejected the ephemeral world, a humble servant of God with no ambition except pleasing his Lord.
The Shia or Imamiyyah Rafidhah as they should be called, they hold this companion in high regard, simply because they fabricated stories about him and Ameer al-Mu’mineen `Uthman ibn `Affan (ra), the purpose of these stories is of course to make `Uthman (ra) look bad. Fortunately for the believers, authentic history and Hadith disproves the Rafidhah, especially when his wife Umm Dharr (rah) proved the innocence of `Uthman (ra) in one narration.
The Rafidhah write about him in his wikipedia page:
“Aba Dhar is considered one of the greatest and most loyal sahaba, along with Salman, Miqdad, and Ammar ibn Yasser.”
Sadly according to Shia all Sahaba abandoned Islam except a handful, most of which were mentioned above.
Also ironically, Abu Dharr’s (ra) life has been recorded in the authentic and historic sources of Ahlul-Sunnah, while the Shia have almost no information whatsoever about the man, this is because they never cared to write anything about him, he was a tool for them, they only used him as a means to attack `Uthman (ra).
Going back to topic, we provide this authentic narration to show how much of a “loyal” companion abu Dharr (ra) is, especially since he praises their enemy `Umar (ra)!
We know of the authentic narration narrated by Nafi` from Ibn `Umar (ra) and others stating that the truth is in `Umar’s (ra) heart and tongue. Well guess who else narrates it? `Ali ibn abi Talib (ra) as usual, and also abu Dharr (ra) and we’ll be quoting his text:
حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو عَلِيٍّ الْحُسَيْنُ بنُ عَلِيٍّ الْحَافِظُ، ثنا عَبْدَانُ الأَهْوَازِيُّ، ثنا هَارُونُ بنُ إِسْحَاقَ الْهَمْدَانِيُّ، ثنا أَبُو خَالِدٍ الأَحْمَرُ،عَنْ هِشَامِ بْنِ الْغَازِ، وَابْنِ عَجْلانَ، وَمُحَمَّدِ بْنِ إِسْحَاقَ، عَنْ مَكْحُولٍ، عَنْ غُضَيْفِ بْنِ الْحَارِثِ، عَنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، قَالَ: مَرَّ فَتًى عَلَى عُمَرَ، فَقَالَ عُمَرُ: نِعْمَ الْفَتَى، قَالَ: فَتَبِعَهُ أَبُو ذَرٍّ، فَقَالَ: يَا فَتًى اسْتَغْفِرْ لِي، فَقَالَ: يَا أَبَا ذَرٍّ أَسْتَغْفِرُ لَكَ وَأَنْتَ صَاحِبُ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ ! قَالَ: اسْتَغْفِرْ لِي، قَالَ: لا، أَوْ تُخْبِرُنِي، فَقَالَ: إِنَّكَ مَرَرْتَ عَلَى عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، فَقَالَ: نِعْمَ الْفَتَى، وَإِنِّي سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ: ” إِنَّ اللَّهَ جَعَلَ الْحَقَّ عَلَى لِسَانِ عُمَرَ وَقَلْبِهِ “. هَذَا حَدِيثٌ صَحِيحٌ عَلَى شَرْطِ الشَّيْخَيْنِ، وَلَمْ يُخَرِّجَاهُ بِهَذِهِ السِّيَاقَةِ
[abu `Ali al-Husayn ibn `Ali al-Naysaburi (Thiqah Hafiz) -> `Abdan abu Ahmad al-Ahwazi (Thiqah Hafiz) -> Haroun ibn Ishaq al-Hamdani (Thiqah Hafiz) -> abu Khalid al-Ahmar (Saduq Qarib min al-Thiqah) -> Hisham ibn al-Ghazi bin Rabee`ah (Thiqah) & Muhammad ibn `Ajlan al-Qurashi (Saduq) & Muhammad bin Ishaq bin Yasar (Saduq Shi`ee Mudallis) -> Makhoul al-Shami (Thiqah Faqih) -> Ghudayf bin al-Harith (Tabi`ee Thiqah)
From abu Dharr (ra): A young boy passed by `Umar so `Umar said: “Such a good young boy.” abu Dharr followed the boy and said: “Young lad, ask Allah to grant me his forgiveness!” The boy replied: “O aba Dharr, I ask for your forgiveness when you are the companion of the messenger of Allah (saw)!?” abu Dharr insisted and repeated his request: “Ask for my forgiveness.” so the boy refused and said: “Would you tell me why?” abu Dharr explain, he said: “You passed by `Umar may Allah be pleased with him and he said: Such a good young boy. And I had heard the messenger of Allah (saw) saying: Allah has placed the truth on `Umar’s tongue and in his heart.”]
Source: Mustadrak al-Hakim.
As the reader can see, abu Dharr (ra) was from those who held `Umar (ra) in the greatest esteem, he had much respect and loyalty for him, so when he saw him praise the young boy (who is Ghudayf ibn al-Harith), he hurriedly followed and asked this blessed child to make Du`a for him. Although, if we assume he was an “Imami Rafidhi”, he would have only asked `Ali (ra) as they believe he holds the keys of heaven and hell.
May Allah grant us the intercession of his Prophet (saw).