Board of Advisors, Center for Muslim Life at Maryland
It is related in the Mustadrak of Imam al-Hakim that Umar b. al-Khattab was sitting amongst a group of his companions when he asked them what they longed for.
One said that he longed for a room full of gold so that he may spend it in the way of God. Another longed for a room full of precious stones so that He may also spend it in the way of God. They then asked Umar himself, “What do you long for?”
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