The legacy Of Umar Ibn Khattab rd (part 2)

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.

All the sahaba rd contributed towards Islam in many different ways. For example, Abdullah bin Masood (rd) contributed his knowledge of weaponry, whilst Khalid bin Waleed (rd) contributed his knowledge of war strategy. Uthmaan bin Affan (rd) and Abdur-Rahman bin Auf (rd), both multimillionaires of the time, contributed towards Islam with means of wealth. This does not mean to say that they did not contribute in any other way but rather this was what they were famously known for. Amongst these examples is that of Umar Ibn Khattab (rd).

What did Umar Ibn khattab (rd) do to contribute towards Islam? Or rather should we ask what did he not do? Umar Ibn khattab (rd) was that sahaba about whom Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  has said that verily, Allah has placed the truth on the tongue of Umar Ibn khattab (rd).

Umar Ibn khattab (rd) was given the title Al-farooq. Meaning the differentiator. He differentiated between truth and falsehood. Right and wrong. And this is exactly how we should be in matters of Deen or otherwise. Through the knowledge that we acquire, the duty that befalls us is that we show people right from wrong. It is our duty to set that example. From the life of Umar Ibn khattab (rd), this is likely the greatest lesson we can learn.

However, Umar Ibn Khattab rd did not stop at just differentiating between right and wrong. No! Umar Ibn khattab (rd), during his ten and a half years of khilafah spread Islam as far Pakistan. His call to Islam reached out 22, 00 000 square miles from Madinah Munawwarh.  He conquered Rome, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, parts of turkey, central Asia, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, India, Africa and Western Europe. Overall, according to one estimate, Umar Ibn Khattab (rd), during his reign of khilafah, bought more than 4050 countries into the Islamic empire. When Umar Ibn Khattab rd passed away, his rule extended all the way from present day Libya in the west to the Indus River in the east and the Oxus River in the north.

I am not saying that following his example we should go out and conquer countries. What I am trying to say is Look at his zeal for spreading Islam. He thought outside the box and he made it his mission in life to spread Islam as far and as wide as possible. We can take a great example from this because most of us have the means and ability to spread Islam as far and as wide as possible.

During his ten and a half years of khilafah, Umar (rd) established child benefit. One night a caravan of travellers come to Madinah Munawwarah and Umar Ibn khattab (rd), this ameerul mumineen we are talking about, says to Abdur Rahman bin Auf (rd), “Come Abdur Rahman! Let us serve these people”. So they both go to serve, to do whatever they can. Umar Ibn Khattab (rd) hears a child crying. So he goes to the mother and he says to her, “make your child stop crying”. After sometime this child is still crying and so Umar Ibn Khattab (rd) goes back to her and he exclaims, “What a bad mother you are! Your child is still crying. What is the matter with him?” And the mother, not knowing who she’s speaking to says, “the reason why he is crying is because I am trying to wean him off because Umar, the ameerul mumineen, has said that every child in the Muslim world who has stopped breast feeding receives an allowance”. Umar Ibn Khattab (rd) asks her how old the child is and she says he is so and so many months old and Umar Ibn Khattab (rd) tells her not to rush him. Then the time for Fajr Salaah comes and Umar Ibn Khattab (rd) stands on the prayer mat and Abdur Rahman bin Auf (rd) says that “I swear by Allah! I could not even understand a word that Umar recited in the Fajr prayer because Umar cried so much”. Then Umar Ibn Khattab (rd) finished his Salaah and he turned around and he says to himself, “Woe unto you oh Umar! How many children have you killed because of your rule!”. And then he set an allowance for every child born in the Muslim world. Thus establishing child benefit.

Umar Ibn Khattab rd established an allowance for people with disabilities. He established carers for people who could not look after themselves. Umar Ibn Khattab rd established an allowance for every person in the Muslim world who could not work. As a matter of fact, 4 days before his death, Umar Ibn Khattab rd had a vision that should he live till the next year, no woman in the Muslim world would need anyone besides him to provide for her.

Umar Ibn Khattab rd left us a legacy and it is a legacy that we should take an example from. He was gifted with knowledge. It was said that Umar Ibn Khattab rd possessed 9/10 of knowledge and he used this knowledge to put Islam in the lime light.  The example we can take from this is that our actions should be such that we can shine the flag of Islam and what we do should be done for the betterment of the Islamic world in general.

Umar Ibn Khattab rd was one of the most powerful men on earth. He was a man of great knowledge. Yet he lived a simple life and spread the call of Islam. He lived his life in accordance to that of the sunnah and Allah swt granted him everything he desired.

The thing that he most desired was Jannah! And Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  on more than one occasion had let him know that he would be amongst the dwellers of Jannah. Hadhrat Anas Ibn Malik (rd) narrates: “The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam  said: ‘I walked into Paradise and I saw a gold palace. I asked, “Who does it belong to?” They replied, “To a man from Quraysh”. I thought that it was me. I asked, “Who is he?” They replied, ‘Umar Ibn Khattab (rd).'” (Reported by at-Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and Ibn Hibban)

May Allah swt accept what has been said and may we be give us ability to fulfil the rights of this knowledge that we are acquire. Ameen.

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.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Khalid ibn Abdul Qadir
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 19:26:13

    Ameen! Masha Allah that was refreshing and inspiring to read! Keep it up. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people


  2. IsmailSatia
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 21:01:14

    Fantabulous! Ma Sha Allah…

    I must say a beautiful blog… Alhumdu Lillah!!!

    Liked by 1 person


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