The legacy of Umar Bin Khattab rd (part 1)

All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam .

Going back 1400 years ago, the English year is 616 AD and it is the 5th year of nabuwwat. In the deserts of Arabia, in Makkah Mukarramah, it is a morning like any other.The Muslims all over Makkah are being tortured for believing in the oneness of Allah swt. The disbelievers are indulging in whatever they see fit to be doing as leaders and not many people are heeding to the call of Allah’s Rasul sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

On this particular Wednesday, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s best friend and companion, Abu bakr rd, goes out of his house towards the haram to pray. But no sooner does he start praying that the disbelievers begin to physically abuse him. So badly is he beaten that it is hard to even recognise him from the features of his face due to the amount of blood covering it. As a matter of fact, he is beaten so badly that due to the swelling, his hair is falling out. He loses consciousness and the people of Banu Tameem, his family, come and take him away and announce that if Abu bakr rd dies, in retaliation they will kill Utbah Bin Rabeeah. Seeing as they have announced this, the tension in Makkah is rising because Abu bakr rd, even towards the night has not gained consciousness. He remains in this condition till the later part of the morning on Thursday. He wakes up just before the afternoon and immediately he asks “How fairs the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam”. His family become angry and say to him “Despite being beaten because of him you still ask about him?!”.

The quraysh valued and took pride in hospitality, so they tell his mother to feed him and saying so they leave them alone. His mother tries to give him milk but Abu bakr rd refuses to drink it and says “No tell me now how the Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam is and then I will drink this milk”. His mother who was not a Muslim yet says “How do I know how your companion is!”. So Abu bakr rd says “Call Umme jameel”. (Umme jameel rd was the sister of Umar Ibn khattab rd, the 2nd caliph of Islam who was born 3 years after the year of the elephants and he was from the elite of the quraysh. So at this time he was about 42 years of age.)
Umme Abu bakr rd calls Umme jameel rd and Abu bakr rd asks her; “Where is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam?”. Umme Jameel replies “He is at Zaid Ibn Arkam rd’s house. He is fine”. She is trying to console him and trying to tell him that “Abu bakr your hurt. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam on the other hand is safe and so you rest.” But Abu bakr rd is still not satisfied and he says “take me to him”.

He puts one hand on Umme Abu-Bakr rd’s shoulder and one on Umme jameel rd’s shoulder and he goes to Zaid Ibn Arkam rd’s house which was not far from his house. Abu Bakr rd enters the house of Zaid Ibn Arkam rd. Upon seeing him, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam begins to cry. They hug and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam cries so much that he begins to hiccup. Abu Bakr rd seeing this as an opportunity asks Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam to pray for his mother and so Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam makes du’aa to Allah swt and Abu bakr rd’s mother accepts Islam. Now seeing the state of Abu bakr [rd], Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam feels helpless and he raises his hands towards the heavens. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam prays to Allah swt saying “Oh Allah! I am asking you for Umar Ibn khattab rd. My lord there two Umars’. One is Umar Ibn khattab rd and the other is Amr Ibn Hisham (who was known as Abu jahl). So Oh Allah! Give me one of the two and if you ask me who I prefer from the two, I would say Umar Ibn khattab rd.  My choice would specially be Umar Ibn khattab, so oh Allah grant me this”. This du’aa was made on Friday night, In between Thursday and Friday.

Come Friday morning, the leaders of Quraysh have gathered in their place of council. They are discussing their problems and all round it is being said that the problem with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is getting worse, so what should be done about it? Everyone is giving their own opinion and the opinion of Umar Ibn khattab rd is to kill Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The Quraysh ask “But WHO will kill Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam?”.Umar rd says “I, myself, will kill Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam” and the quraysh reply; “Yes! Indeed there is no one who is more capable of doing this deed better than you and there is no one who is more braver than you to face the Banu Hashim, the Banu Abdul Muttalib”.

Now look at the beauty of this scene. Here, on earth, Umar Ibn khattab rd gives his opinion to kill Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he is getting ready to do this deed and in the heavens Allah swt is getting Umar rd ready for the demise of his own ignorance.

Umar rd angrily strides towards his house, he takes an unsheathed sword and he starts going towards Rasulullah  sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s house, not knowing that the only thing being killed this day will be his own ignorance. On the way he meets Nu’ib bin Masood rd. He asks him “Oh Umar! This unsheathed sword? The signs of anger? Where are you going Oh Umar?”. Umar rd replies “Today I am going to finish Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and his work. Nu’ib Ibn Masood rd is surprised and he says “Oh Umar! Look towards your own family first!”. Umar rd asks “why?” Nu’ib Ibn Masood replies “your own sister has accepted Islam. Your brother-in-law has accepted Islam!”. The reason for Nu’ib rd saying this was not to harm Umme Jameel rd but rather to keep Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam safe from harm.

Now Umar rd is even angrier than before. He focuses all his anger towards his sister and his brother-in-law. He goes towards his sister’s house. Inside, Khabbab rd is teaching them how to recite the Qur’aan. Umar rd knocks on the door. Umme Jameel rd recognises his knock and cries out “It is Umar!”. Khabbab rd runs and hides behind the curtains. She opens the door and upon entering Umar rd says “It seems to me that you have abandoned your faith”. He give her a hard slap and she falls to the ground. Then he throws his brother in law Sa’eed Ibn Zaid rd to the ground and he begins to beat him up and he doesn’t stop until he becomes tired. When he stops, Umme Jameel rd says to him “Oh Umar! Do as you wish! We will never give up the truth”.

By this time Umar rd has calmed down. In their rush to hide the truth from Umar rd, Umme Jameel rd had left  the Qur’aan sheets out. Umar rd sees it and he asks “what it is?”. Umme jameel rd takes them off him and says “No! You cannot touch them as you are unclean”. At this moment Umar rd really looks at his sister. He sees her bleeding and he feels ashamed for what he has done and so he asks “What must I do to see them?”. She tells him to take a bath. Umar rd takes a bath and he comes out. She hands over the sheets and he begins to read Surah Taha and he comes to the verse:
إنني أنا الله• لا إله إلا انا•

Verily I am Allah! There is no god besides ME!

When Umar rd reaches this verse, his heart begins to tremble. Imaan begins to flow through his veins. His face becomes enlightened with the light of Imaan and he says to his sister “Take me Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم”. When he says this, Khabbab rd comes out from his hiding place and he says to Umar rd “Oh what glad tidings! Oh Umar! It seems that the du’aa of last night has been accepted!”

With his sword still in his hands, Umar rd walks toward the house of Zaid Ibn Arkam rd and the sahaba upon seeing him say to Rasulullah  sallallahu alayhi wasallam: “Oh Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam! Umar is coming! Umar is coming! Hamzah rd, who had accepted Islam just days before Umar rd, says to the sahaba “Let him come. If his intentions are good then he is fortunate but if his intentions are bad then I will take his head off with his own sword”.

Umar rd knocks on the door, he enters the house. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam takes a look at him, he takes hold of Umar rd’s kurta. He pulls him and he says “Oh Umar! Has not the time come for you to declare the kalimah la ilaha illallah?” Umar rd replies “Yes! The time has come! I say there is no god but Allah and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is his messenger. The sahaba began to rejoice and the takbeer was said so loudly that it could be heard in the streets of Makkah Mukarramah. At the same time,  Jibraeel as comes down from the heavens and he asks Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam; “Oh Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam! Are you happy that Umar has accepted Islam?” Rasulullah saw replies “Yes!” And Jibraeel as in replies “Oh Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam! Even the ahlus sama’, the angels, are rejoicing upon his acceptance of Islam!”

It was from this moment that Umar rd started contributing towards Islam in a way that we, as students of knowledge, should take an example from. From the time that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was given nabuwwah till he sallallahu alayhi wasallam passed away, many people became Muslims and most became his sahaba [rd]. (To be continued)

All praise is to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

The Katibah.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. scotlandssweetheart
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 12:40:42

    I’m learning about the Seerah of the Prophet ( saw) and I love this story. And ameen we can all benefit with reminders like this ☺

    Liked by 1 person


  2. IsmailSatia
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 20:59:25

    Allah create men like Umar RA in the Ummah – ‘the gentle giant’

    Liked by 1 person


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