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Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

The Knowledge of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Life of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)-5عَن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ سَلَّمَ رَأَيتُ كَأَنِّي أُتِيتُ بِقَدَحٍ مِن لَبَنٍ فَشَرِبتُ مِنه فَأَعْطَيتُ فَضْلِي عُمَرَ بنَ ا لخَطَّاب قاَلوُا فَمَا أَوَّلْتَه يا رَسُولَ الله ؟ قَالَ العِلْمُ (الترمذي  رقم 2284)

Hadhrat ibn Umar (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “I had seen a dream wherein I was presented with a utensil of milk. I drank from it and gave the remainder to Hadhrat Umat (Radhiallahu Anhu). The Sahaabah (Radhialahu Anhum) asked: “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), what is the interpretation for this dream?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “(Milk refers to) Knowledge.” 

A Conversation Between Hadhrat Umar and ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhum)

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Life of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)-4Hadhrat Miswar bin Makhrama (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that when Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) was stabbed, (apart from the pain of the wound) he began to grieve and became extremely worried about the ummah.

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) comforted him saying: “O Ameerul Mu’mineen! There is no need for you to grieve. You remained in the company of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and you fulfilled the rights of the companionship. Then Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) departed from this temporary abode in the condition that he was pleased with you. You then remained in the company of Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) and you honoured this relationship. Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) thereafter left the world while he was happy with you. You then remained among the Muslims (as Ameerul Mu’mineen) and you fulfilled the rights of the Ummah. If you pass away and separate from them, then certainly you will be parting from them in the condition that they are pleased with you.

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) replied: “As for what you mentioned regarding the companionship of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and his being pleased with me, then (this is nothing of my own achievement instead)  this is a great bounty and favour from the side of Allah Ta’ala which He has bestowed upon me. With regards to the companionship of Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) and his being pleased with me, then this is also a bounty from the side of Allah Ta’ala which he bestowed upon me. As for this worry and grief that you find me in, this is on account of the concern for yourself and the rest of the Muslim ummah. I take a qasm on Allah Ta’ala, if only I had gold equivalent to the size of the world in my possession, I would use it to ransom myself from the punishment of Allah Ta’ala before I stand up before Him and meet Him. (Despite him being given the glad tidings of Jannat in this world by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), this was the extent of his fear at the time of death). [1]

[1] مشكوة المصابيح

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) Serving the Creation

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Life of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)-2During the Khilafat of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anho), Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anho) would patrol the streets and suburbs of Madinah Munawwarah during the night to keep watch. During one of his night patrols, he noticed a camelhair tent pitched in an open space. He had never seen this particular tent before. Approaching the tent, he found an individual sitting outside, and from inside the tent groans of a sick person could be heard. Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) greeted the stranger with salaam and sat down beside him and the following dialogue ensued:

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu): Where are you from, my brother?

The person: I am from the desert and a stranger to this place. I have come to request the Amir ul-Mu’mineen for some assistance in my need.

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu): Who is groaning inside your tent?

The person: Please mind your own business.

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu):  Please inform me. Perhaps I can be of some assistance to you.

The person: If you wish to know, it is my wife groaning due to labour pains.

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu): Is there anybody present to attend to her?

The person: No one is present.

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu), thereupon, got up and hurried to his home. He immediately informed his wife Hadhrat Umme Kulsum (Radhiallahu Anha) saying: “O my wife, indeed Allah Ta’ala has brought about an opportunity for us to receive great blessings.”


Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)’s Adherence to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Life of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)-3When Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) became the khalifa, a small amount of wealth was fixed as his daily allowance from the Baytul Maal (with the maswarah (consultation) of the Sahaabah). After some time, some Sahaabah including Hadhrat Ali, Hadhrat Uthmaan, Hadhrat Zubair and Hadhrat Talhah (Radhiallahu Anhum) proposed that the allowance of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) should be increased, as it was barely sufficient for his needs. However, each person felt reluctant to present the suggestion to Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu).

The Sahaabah thus approached Ummul Mu’mineen Hadhrat Hafsah (Radhiallahu Anha), the daughter of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu), and requested her to put forward the suggestion to Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) without mentioning their names to him.

When Hadhrat Hafsah (Radhiallahu Anha) mentioned the suggested proposal to Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu), he became upset and asked: “Who are those that are making this suggestion?”

Hadhrat Hafsah (Radhiallahu Anha): Let me first know your opinion on this matter.

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu): If I knew who these people were, I would smite them on their faces. O Hafsah! Tell me what was the best clothing of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in your house?


Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) and the Fear of Allah Ta’ala

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Life of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu)-4Once while Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) was engaged in some important work, a person came to him and complained about some petty grievance. The man requested Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) to address the matter. Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) became annoyed and lashed him across his shoulders, saying: “When I avail myself for that purpose, then you do not come to me but when I am busy engaged in other important duties then you come to interrupt me.” The man, feeling ashamed, then walked away. Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) later on sent for him. When he came Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) handed over the whip to him and said: “You may now lash me to even the matter.” The man however replied: “I forgive you for the sake of Allah Ta’ala.”

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) subsequently went home, performed two rakaat salaah in repentance and scolded himself saying: “O Umar! You were low but Allah Ta’ala elevated you. You were wandering astray but Allah Ta’ala guided you. You were base but Allah Ta’ala ennobled you and gave you sovereignty over His people. Now one of them comes and asks you for redress of the wrong done to him, and you beat him? What answer have you to give before Allah?” He kept on chiding himself thus for a very long time. (Fazaail A’maal)