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The Value of serving a Mother – Heart Touching Story of Hadhrat Owais Qarni

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This story is about a man who cared for his mother and the value that Islam gives to mothers. It is one of my favorite stories. Owais Qarni (rahimahullah) was the only man who was mentioned by name by the Prophet ﷺ without him having met him. Even Mohammed al Fatih, who was mentioned by the Prophet ﷺ, was not mentioned by name, just by his victory. What did Owais do that was so great? He took care of his mother. This is the story of Owais Qarni (rahimahullah).

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One day, Umar ibn Khattab, Abu Bakr, Ali and other companions (radhiyallahu anhum) were sitting with the Prophet ﷺ at the mosque when the Prophet ﷺ said to them, “Tomorrow, a man will enter from this door to pray among you and he will be from the people of Paradise.”

Abu Huraira (radhiyallahu anhu) relates that the next day he hurried to Fajr prayer at the Mosque and lined up in the first row in hopes that he would be the man that the Prophet ﷺ was referring to the day before. There were many other Companions standing alongside him who also had the same idea. The Prophet ﷺ conducted Fajr prayer and sat down. The Companions were eager to know who this man of Paradise was, but it didn’t seem the Prophet ﷺ was going to mention it. So they sat and waited for a while and some of them had to go, but others still waited. These included Abu Huraira, Abu Bakr, Ali, and Umar (radhiyallahu anhum).

Just then walked in a man, who was so poor his clothes were dirty and torn. The Prophet ﷺ immediately stood up and smiled from ear to ear and welcomed the man. The man asked the Prophet ﷺ to pray for him. The Prophet ﷺ raised his hands in duaa and said, “Oh Allah please grant this man a position in the highest levels of Paradise, Al Ferdous, with me.” So then when the man left, Abu Huraira (radhiyallahu anhu) asked the Prophet ﷺ,”Was that him?!” “Yes,” replied the Prophet ﷺ.

“But oh Messenger of Allah, he is nothing more than a poor slave, how can that be him?” asked Abu Huraira (radhiyallahu anhu). “Oh Abu Huraira,” said the Prophet ﷺ. “What can I do for him if his fate in this world is to be poor? His position on the Day of Judgment is that of a king. Abu Huraira, the ones that have the most value to Allah are those that are pure, starving, whose faces are dusty, who are not known on this Earth, but known in the skies. If they want to get married, no one would marry them. And if they get sick, the do not pass on the sickness to anyone (they are alone), and if they attend something their presence is not felt, and if they leave, no one notices, and when they die, no one attends their funeral. These people however, are not forgotten by Allah and they are held with so much value.

“Oh Messenger of Allah, show me one of them,” said Abu Huraira (radhiyallahu anhu).

I will tell you about Owais Al Qarni,” replied the Prophet ﷺ. The Companions looked at each other, each trying to recall if they know a man named Owais. They didn’t know that he was talking about a man that they will meet years after the Prophet ﷺ has passed away.

He is a man of medium height, head held high despite being poor with very dark skin. I can see him putting his right arm on his left arm and weeping as he reads Quran. He is wearing a cloak of poor wool,” said the Prophet ﷺ, smiling as if he can see him as Angel Gabriel is describing him. “On his left shoulder, there is a white mark the size of a dirham that is the effect of an illness. He is unknown among the people but known in the skies. His biggest sign is the mother he deeply cares for. When he makes duaa, it is granted. He will come among the people on the Day of Judgment and as they are entering Paradise, he will be stopped. When he asks why, Allah will tell him he can bring whomever he wants into Paradise with him, as much as 200,000 people (the amount of two large tribes).

Ali and Umar, if you are ever to find this man, ask him to make duaa for you and ask Allah for your forgiveness,” said the Prophet ﷺ.

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Elsewhere in Yemen, a young boy is herding his sheep, the sun beating down on his shoulders where a white mark stands alone on his dark skin. He is frustrated from being poor and having to struggle and take care of his mother. His father died when he was a young child, leaving him the man of the house. When the boy was seventeen, his mother lost her vision, and his responsibilities toward her increased as he now had to help her move around.

One night, he was carrying a candle and helping his mother move around the house when the candlelight went out and they were left in darkness. He could not see a thing. Then his mother, who was used to finding her way in the darkness, started leadinghim.  This turn of events affected him deeply and he started to ponder on the weight of light and darkness.

The next day, the seventeen-year-old Owais bumped into a Muslim man who was coming to Yemen to spread Islam. He stopped the man and asked him to tell him something from the Qur’an that his Prophet ﷺ has said. So the man recites a verse from Surat Al Nur:

{…And he for whom Allah has not appointed light, for him there is no light} (Quran 24:40)

This really hit home for Owais as he remembered what had happened the night before with his mother. “Tell me more about what your Prophet ﷺ says,” said Owais.

So the man, noticing that Owais was poor, chose this Hadith. “What am I to this world and what is this world to me? The example of me and this world is that of a man who walks in the heat of the desert and sits under the shade of a tree for an hour, then walks away and leaves it.

Owais (rahimahullah) upon hearing this Hadith, immediately said his shahadah and became a Muslim at the age of 17. Then came the question, will he migrate to see the Prophet ﷺ? As much as Owais (rahimahullah) wanted to, he couldn’t and wouldn’t leave his mother. Some people suggested that he let some neighbors take care of her while he was gone but he said that he was the one who should take care of her and turned down the opportunity to see the Prophet ﷺ. This sacrifice for his mother and the way Owais (rahimahullah) had devoted himself to his mother his whole life was the reason that he was mentioned by the Prophet ﷺ. Also because of his deep faith and his lack of attachment to the material things in this world.

So when Ali bin Abi Talib (radhiyallahu anhu) left Yemen with a group of new Muslims to go back to Madinah, it was without the boy he bumped into on his way there. He had no idea that it the Owais (rahimahullah) that the Prophet ﷺ had mentioned and the boy didn’t know it was Ali bin Abu Talib (radhiyallahu anhu).

3 years later, the Prophet ﷺ passed away and years after that Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) also passed away. When Umar ibn Al Khattab (radhiyallahu anhu) became Khalifa, he would go around all the people during Hajj and call out, “OWAIS, OWAIS, Is there anyone here named Owais??” He would go to the group that came from Yemen and ask them if a man named Owais (rahimahullah) is among them. But no one had heard of this man. Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) realized it was just as the Prophet ﷺ described to him, that he was a man who was unknown among the people.

Year after year, Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) would go around at Hajj and call out and ask for Owais (rahimahullah). One year during Hajj, he stood at Mount Arafat and asked all the people making Hajj to stand up. Then he told everyone to sit down except those from Yemen. From that group, he told them all to sit down except those from Murad and from that group, he told them all to sit down except those from Qarn. One man was left standing. “Are you a Qarni?” asked Umar ibn Al Khattab (radhiyallahu anhu). The man replied in the affirmative. “Do you know Owais?” “Yes, he is my nephew. But what would you want with him. He is but a poor, forgotten man,” replied the Yemeni man.

Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) started to weep. “This man is not just a poor, forgotten man. He is a man who will choose 200,000 people to come with him into heaven. Is he with you?”

“No, he is not,” replied the man.

“Is his mother living,” asked Umar (radhiyallahu anhu).

“Yes,” replied the man.

“I know he will not ever leave her, as this is what the Prophet ﷺ said,” replied Umar (radhiyallahu anhu).

Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) searched for Owais (rahimahullah) for ten years. A year before the death of Umar(radhiyallahu anhu), Owais’s (rahimahullah) mother passed away. That year, Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) stood up at Mount Arafat again and said to the people of Yemen, “Is Owais al Qarni among you?” A Yemeni man said, “He is that shepherd standing over there.” Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) became so excited and went to look for Ali (radhiyallahu anhu). “Ali! Ali! We found him!” he called out.

Umar and Ali (radhiyallahu anhum) approached Owais and asked him, “Are you Owais al Qarni?”

“Yes,” replied a surprised Owais (rahimahullah). “Show me your shoulder,” replied Umar (radhiyallahu anhu). Owais (rahimahullah) showed them his shoulder and they were able to see the mark that the Prophet ﷺ mentioned. “Is your mother with you?” asked Umar (radhiyallahu anhu). Owais replied that his mother had passed away. “Ah, it is just as the Prophet ﷺ said it would be then,” said Umar (radhiyallahu anhu).

Owais (rahimahullah) actually did not know these men so he asked them who they were. “I am Umar ibn Al Khattab, the Khalifa, and this is Ali ibn Abu Talib, the man who came to Yemen to spread Islam,” said Umar(radhiyallahu anhu).

“Yes! I remember him! But, how do you know me?” asked Owais (rahimahullah).

So Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) told Owais the whole story about how the Prophet ﷺ had talked about him years ago and how Angel Gabriel had described him. They said how his signs were the mark on his shoulder, his care for his mother, and his lack of attachment to this world. He said how Prophet ﷺ told them that he would take 200,000 people with him into Paradise. They told him how they had been looking for him for years.

Umar and Ali (radhiyallahu anhum) then asked Owais to make duaa for them and ask forgiveness for him. “You are now my friend in this life and the next,” Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) said to Owais (rahimahullah). However, Owais (rahimahullah) was not interested in the life of fame and ease that would come with being Umar’s (radhiyallahu anhu) friend, especially when people find out what the Prophet ﷺ had said about him. He kindly refused, and asked to be left as he is.

Owais (rahimahullah) said he was going to go to Kufa. “Would you like me to write to the leader of Kufa to await your arrival and look after you?” asked Umar (radhiyallahu anhu).

“No thank you. I would like to go unknown as I came,” replied Owais.

“Ok then at least let me give you some money to help you out,” said Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) in an effort to do at least something for Owais (rahimahullah). “No thank you, my wool coat has still not worn out and neither have my shoes. I have four dirhams that I have still not used. When I run out, I will figure out how to get more. I am content this way,” replied Owais (rahimahullah).

“Please stay with me,” said Umar (radhiyallahu anhu). “Thank you Umar. But what I have is good for me and what you have is good for you and the Muslims,” said Owais (rahimahullah).

Owais left Makkah. He participated in the battle at Azerbaijan and died during the battle. His death came about 2 years after the death of Umar ibn Al Khattab (radhiyallahu anhu). Owais (rahimahullah) was about 35 years old.

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*This is one of my favorite stories. There are two things to learn here. One is the importance of taking care of your mother and that the reward for it is more than you can imagine. Once a companion asked the Prophet ﷺ whom he should befriend. The Prophet ﷺ replied, “Your mother.” The Companion then asked, “Who after her?” “Your mother,” replied the Prophet ﷺ. Then Companion then asked, “Then who should I befriend?” “Your mother,” replied the Prophet ﷺ. “Then whom after that?” asked the Companion. Your father,” replied the Prophet ﷺ. So much importance is placed on the mother-not just taking care of her and feeding her and clothing her. Befriend her. Your parents should be your friends. Bir Al Waleedain, your obligation to your parents, is not just a material obligation like putting a roof over their heads and making a phone call every week. Its being their friend and having them be a part of your life, especially in their old age. People say that Islam oppresses women, but how can anyone say that when they see a person like Owais, who will take 200,000 with him to heaven, just for sacrificing his friendship with the Prophet ﷺ to take care of his mother and for devoting his whole life to her. If you were in the same position, what would you choose?

Which leads me to the second lesson. Sacrifice. When you sacrifice something for Allah or leave something for the sake of Allah, Allah will reward you with something unbelievably greater than it. Owais (rahimahullah) didn’t get to be a Companion of the Prophet ﷺ because he chose to care for his mother, so Owais was given the honor of being his Companion in Paradise! This also goes for you in even the smallest things.

*Imagine how Owais (rahimahullah) must have felt to hear what the Prophet ﷺ had said about him!

*This story is also a reminder that our wealth, clothes and status are not an indication to how we are viewed by Allah. The story in the beginning of the man in the mosque was the Prophet’s ﷺ way of showing that to the Companions.

*Owais (rahimahullah) is going to take 200,000 people with him to Paradise! Even a martyr only gets 70,000.

HADHRAT UMAR AND THE ROMAN ENVOY

Once the ambassador of the Emperor of Rome came to Madinah with many gifts. Arriving at Madinah, he enquired from the people the whereabouts of the palace of the King of Madinah. The people replied: “Our King has no palace. However, our leader, the leader of the believers has a mansion – his respected self which has a special contact with Allah and which has become enlightened through the splendour of His nearness. Thus this has made him independent of the need for royal palaces. ”

They further informed him: “You will find the leader of the believers, Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) in the graveyard of Madinah”. The Roman Ambassador then went to the graveyard and there saw Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) lying down, having taken off his shirt with a sheet covering the lower part of his body. He was lying down fast asleep on the ground with no throne or crown on his head. Neither were there any soldiers nor any bodyguards. But as the ambassador looked at his face, he began shaking with fear. Within himself he said:

“I have seen many great Kings in this life

And have been the companion and confidant of many Rulers. Never have I any fear for any King.

But the awe and fear I feel for this one

Dressed in such tattered clothing is causing my senses to depart.

This person without any weapons and without any forces sleeping here alone on this ground.

What is it that causes my whole body to shake and tremble in awe of him?

Even if I had seven bodies, they would not bear it and all would tremble. ”

Then the envoy said to himself:
“This awe and fear that I feel is not for this one who is dressed in tattered clothes.

In fact, this is fear of Allah for this tattered clothed one has a heart that is blessed with Allah’s contact and nearness.”

Thus this envoy, through the blessings of Hazrat Umar’ s (radhiyallahu anhu) company and grace converted to Islam.

Maulana Rumi (rahmatullah alayh) says:

“He who fears Allah and adopts a life of righteousness, him the jinn and men fear .

And whoever sees him is overpowered by awe and fear. “

             Lesson from this Story

This story teaches us the lesson that true honour for men is brought about by true and deep contact with Allah and not by outward shows of beauty and adornment. But the foolish ones of our age are displeasing Allah and in spite of committing sins are endeavouring to acquire honour and respect by building beautiful mansions, dressing in expensive clothing and putting their trust in their businesses. But we see that the honour they acquire is such that in their absence, those very same people who honour them in their presence swear them.

Today, he may be the President of the country, but the moment he vacates that position or is removed from this position, then there is no more any honour for him in the newspapers. Similarly is the position of the Kings. But Saints of Allah, the Awliyaa Allah, are the true Kings. Hence they are called Shah. This is their true position and description in this world as well as after their demise. They continue to be mentioned with honour even after their death.

Read more about Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) and get inspired! :

Story of Hazrat Umar radhiyallahu anhu’s conversion to Islam

Hazrat Umar [radhiyallahu anhu] and The Fear of Allah

WHO IS THE GREATEST CONQUEROR IN HISTORY: Alexander the Great or Hazrat Umar Al Farooq ﺭﺿّﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨ?…

The Only Qur’anic Aayah that was Revealed Inside The Holy Ka’abah

Do you know which is the only Aayah in the Qur’an that was revealed inside Ka’abah, that is Masjid al Haraam, the Sacred Mosque or Baitullah, the House of Allah??

Today let us learn about this Aayah, understand the amazing reason for which it was revealed, and also appreciate the miracle that exists to this day!!

In pre-Islamic times (that is, before Allah conferred Nubuw’wah, Prophethood, on Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), the Arabs used to regard the sanctity of Ka’abah but in their own way. During the days of Hajj, the services of providing water to the pilgrims was entrusted to Abbas (radhiyallahu anhu), the uncle of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).

The custodial duty of keeping the keys to the House of Allah and, of opening and closing it during fixed days had been given to ‘Uthman ibn Talhah.

After the conquest of Makkah, when Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) took the keys of the door of Ka’abah from Uthman ibn Talhah, opened its door and entered Ka’abah, Allah revealed this aayah instructing His beloved Messenger to return the trust (in this case, the Key) to its rightful trustee:

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“Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing.” (Surah An-Nisaa 4: 58)

Let us first understand the historical background:

According to a personal statement of ‘Uthman ibn Talhah, the Ka’abah was opened every Monday and Thursday during the period of Jahilliyah and people would use the occasion to have the honour of entering the sacred House.

Once before Hijrah, the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) came with some of his Companions in order to enter the Ka’abah. ‘Uthman ibn Talhah had not embraced Islam until that time. He stopped the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) from going in, displaying an attitude which was very rude. The Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) showed great restraint, tolerated his harsh words, then said: ‘O ‘Uthman, a day will come when you would perhaps see this key to the Baitullah in my hands when I shall have the power and choice to give it to anyone I choose.’

‘Uthman ibn Talhah said: ‘If this happens, the Quraysh will then be all uprooted and disgraced.’

He (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said: ‘No, the Quraysh will then be all established and very honourable indeed.’ Saying this, he went into the Baytullah.

After that, says Talhah, when I did a little soul-searching, I became convinced that whatever he has said is bound to happen. I made up my mind that I am going to embrace Islam then and there. But, my own people around me vehemently opposed the idea and everybody joined in to chide me on my decision. So, I was unable to convert to Islam. When came the conquest of Makkah, the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) called for me and asked for the key to Baitullah, which I presented to him.’

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The area in white (in the above image) is the spot inside the Ka’abah where the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallal) is believed to have prayed after entering it

So he went into the Baitullah, offered his prayers there, and when he came out, he returned the key to Talhah saying: ‘Here, take it. Now this key will always remain with your family right through the Last Day. Anyone who will take this key from you will be a tyrant.’ (By this he meant that nobody has the right to take back this key from Talhah)

He also instructed him to use whatever money or things he may get in return for this service to Baitullah in accordance with the rules set by the Shari’ah of Islam.

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              The key of the Ka’abah

‘Uthman ibn Talhah says: ‘When I, with the key in my hand, started walking off all delighted, he called me again, and said: “Remember ‘Uthman, did I not tell you something way back? Has it come to pass, or has it not?’ Now, I remembered what he had said before Hijrah when he had said: ‘A day will come when you will see this key in my hand.’

I submitted: ‘Yes, there is no doubt about it. Your word has come true.’ And that was the time when I recited the Kalimah and entered the fold of Islam.’ (Mazhari, from Ibn Sa’d).

Sayyidna ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab (radhiyallaahu anhu) says: ‘That day, when the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wasallam came out of the Baitullah, he was reciting, this very verse …… ﺇِﻥَّ ﺍﻟﻠَّـﻪَ ﻳَﺄْﻣُﺮُﻛُﻢْ ﺃَﻥ ﺗُﺆَﺩُّﻭﺍ ﺍﻟْﺄَﻣَﺎﻧَﺎﺕِ ﺇِﻟَﻰٰ ﺃَﻫْﻠِﻬَﺎ I had never heard him recite this verse before this.’

Obviously, this verse was revealed to him inside the Ka’abah exactly at that time. Obeying the Divine command in the verse, Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) called ‘Uthman ibn Talhah again and made him the trustee of the key. This was the background in which this verse was revealed.

At this point let us bear in mind an important rule on which there is consensus. The rule is that even if a Qur’anic verse is revealed in a particular background, the rule laid down by it in general terms must be taken as of universal application and must not be restricted to that particular event.
(The above explanation is taken from the commentary, Maa’riful Qur’an, by Mufti Muhammad Shafi)

The key of the door of Ka’abah is still in the possession of the family of the original Key-Bearer, Uthman ibn Talhah (radhiyallahu anhu).

Even the king of Saudi Arabia needs permission from this blessed family to have the key to enter Ka’abah. Subhanallah!

Another point we learn from this aayah is that apart from commanding us to fulfill our trusts, we are also instructed to judge between people with justice.

The ayah concludes by reminding us that Allah Hears all that we say and Sees all of our actions, and that nothing is hidden is from Him.

May Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), his family and companions.

Source: https://yassarnalquran.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/the-only-ayah-that-was-revealed-inside-kabah/

Hazrat Umar [radhiyallahu anhu] and The Fear of Allah

[From Fazaa’il e Amaal by Maulana Zakariyya Kandhlawi (rahimahullah)]

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Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) would often hold a straw in his hand and say:

“I wish I were a straw like this.”

Sometimes he would say:

“I wish my mother had not given birth to me.”

Once he [radhiyallahu anhu] was busy with some important work when a person came to him and, complaining about some petty grievance, requested for its redress.

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) laid a lash across his-shoulders, saying:

“When I sit for that purpose, you do not come to me but when I am engaged in other important work you come with your grievances to interrupt me.”

The person walked away. But Hadhrat ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) sent for him and, handing his whip over to him, said: “You now lash me to even the matter.”

He said: “I forgive you for the sake of Allah.” Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) went home, prayed a Salaat of two rakaats in repentance and upbraided himself saying:

“0, Umar! You were low but Allah elevated you. You were wandering astray but Allah guided you. You were base but Allah 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.

Once Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) was going on his usual round towards Harrah (a suburb of Madinah) with his slave Aslam (rahimahullah), when he saw a distant fire in the desert. He (radhiyallahu anhu) said:

“There seems to be a camp. Perhaps, it is a caravan that could not enter the town due to night fall. Let’s go and look after them and arrange for their protection during the night.”

When he reached there, he found a woman and some children. The children were crying. The woman had a pan of water over the fire. Hadhrat ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) greeted her with salaam and, with her permission, entered into the tent.

Umar (radhiyallahu anhu): “Why are these children crying?”

The Woman: “Because they are hungry.”

Umar (radhiyallahu anhu): “What is in the pan?”

The Woman: “Only water to soothe the children, so that they may go to sleep in the belief that food is’being prepared for them. Ah! Allah will judge between Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) and me, on the Day of Judgement, for neglecting me in my distress.”

‘Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) (weeping): “May Allah have mercy on you! How can Umar know of your distress?”

The Woman: “When he is our Amir, he must keep himself informed about us.”

Hadhrat ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) returned to the town and straightway went to Baitul-Mal (public treasury) to fill a sack with flour, dates, fat and clothes, and also drew some money. When the sack was ready, he said to Aslam (rahimahullah):

“Now put this sack on my back, Aslam.”

Aslam (rahimahullah): “No please, Amir-ul-Mo’mineen! I shall carry this sack.”

‘Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) refused to listen to Aslam (rahimahullah), even on his persistent requests to allow him to carry the sack, and remarked:

“What! Will you carry my load on the Day of Judgement?? I must carry this bag, for it is I who would be questioned (in the Hereafter) about this woman.”

Aslam (rahimahullah) most reluctantly placed the bag on Umar’s (Radhiyallahu anhu) back, who carried it with a swift pace right to the woman’s tent. Aslam followed at his heels.

He put a little flour and some dates and fat in the pan and began to stir. He blew (with his mouth) into the fire to kindle it. Aslam (rahimahullah) says:

“I saw the smoke passing through his thick beard.”

After some time, the pottage was ready. He himself served it to the family. When they had eaten to their fill, he made over to them the little that was left for their next meal. The children were very happy after their meal and began to play about merrily. The woman felt very grateful and remarked:

“May Allah reward you for your kindness ! In fact you deserve to take the place of Khalifah instead of ‘Umar.”

‘Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) consoled her and said:

“When you come to see the Khalifah, you will find me there.”

He sat for a while at a place close by and kept on watching the children. He then returned to Madinah. On his way back, he said to Aslam (rahimahullah):

“Do you know why I sat there, Aslam? I had seen them weeping in distress; I liked to see them laughing and happy for some time.”

It is said that Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) while leading Fajr Salaat used to recite ‘Kahf, Taha’ and other such Surah’s in his Salaat, and would weep so much that his crying could be heard way back to several rows. Once he was reciting Surah ‘Yusuf in Fajr. When he came to the verse:

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“I only plead for my distress and anguish unto Allah,” (XII: 86)

He (radhiyallahu anhu) wept so much that he could not recite any further. In Tahajjud, he would sometimes fall to the ground and would get indisposed with excessive weeping.

Such was the fear of Allah in Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) whose name struck terror in the hearts of the mightiest monarchs of his time. Even today, the people are filled with awe when they read about him. Is there any person in power today who is prepared to show such kindness to the people in his charge??

Also read:

1. WHO IS THE GREATEST CONQUEROR IN HISTORY: Alexander the Great or Hazrat Umar Al Farooq ﺭﺿّﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨ??

2. Story of Hazrat Umar radhiyallahu anhu’s conversion to Islam

THE SAHAABAH (RADHIYALLAHU ‘ANHUM): On Their Labor, Devotion and Thirst For Knowledge

When we read the stories of the scholars of Islam, the Tabi’een, At-Tabi’een, the Sahabāh Radiyallāhu Anhum,we are truly amazed, but have we ever thought how they have gained so much knowledge??

Yes, Allāh had bestowed upon them such knowledge but we have to realize that these were not spoonfed to them. They have struggled to learn and because they wanted to learn in fear of the reckoning of Allāh, in both the fear they had for Allāh and the love they had for Allaah.

Abdullāh ibn Mubārak Radhiyallāhu Anhu was a companion of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wassalaam) who learned from 4,000 teachers during his lifetime and he had to go to them to learn. He said;
[1] “I spent thirty (30) years learning manners, and I spent twenty (20) years learning knowledge.”

Now, imagine his patience, diligence and tolerance, not anyone of us nowadays would even stand having 3-5 teachers a day without complaining and talking about their mannerisms, Astagfirullāh.

Abu Dārda (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) is foremost among the Sahabah (Radiyallahu Anhum) who possessed very sound knowledge in religion. He was called Haakim-ul-Ummāh (The Sage of Islam).

[2] Kathīr Ibn Qais (Radhiyāllahu Anhu) narrates that;
“I was sitting with Abu Dārda (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) in a masjid in Damascus, when a person came to him and said, “O, Abu Dārda, I have come all the way from Madinah to learn one Hadīth from you, as I understand you have heard it directly from the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam).”
Abu Dārda Radhiyallāhu Anhu asked him: Do you have any other business in Damascus?
He answered: No .
Abu Dārda (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) asked again: “Are you sure that you have no other work in Damascus?”
He said: “I have come to this place with the sole purpose of learning this hadith.”
Abu Dārda (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) then said: “Listen. I have heard the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam saying;
“Allāh eases the way to Paradise for one who traverses some distance to seek knowledge. The angels spread their wings under his feet, and all things in heavens and earth (even the fish in the water) pray for his forgiveness. The superiority of a person possessing knowledge over a person doing worship is as the superiority of the moon over the stars. The Ulama are the inheritors of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam). The legacy of Prophets Alaihimussalaam is neither gold nor silver. their legacy is knowledge. A person who acquires knowledge acquires a great wealth.”

Subhan’Allāh! a person would travel places like from Madinah to Syria just to learn one hadīth, because they knew that their hijra and travel to these places are of seeking knowledge, and they knew the reward for such act is just beautiful, (and yet we say we seek knowledge already by surfing the internet. Sad thing, really)

[3] Abdullāh Ibn ‘Abbas’s (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) thirst and devotion for knowledge was the reason he was known as Hibr ul Ummāt (The Most Learned Man of Islam) and Bahrul Ulum (Ocean of Knowledge) in his time. He once said:

“After the death of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam, I said to an Ansari friend of mine: ‘The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam is no longer with us. But a larger number of Sahabah are still among us. Let us go to them and get knowledge of the Islamic practices.’
He said:’ Who is going to approach you for learning a regulation in the presence of these eminent Sahābah?’
I was not discouraged. I kept up my quest for knowledge and approached every person who was supposed to have heard something from the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam). I managed to gather substantial information from the Ansar. If on my visit someone of the Sahabah, I found him asleep, I spread my shawl at the gate and sat waiting. Sometimes my face and body would get covered with dust, but I kept sitting till they woke and I was able to contact them.
Some of them said: ‘Abdullah you are the cousin of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam; you could have sent for us. Why did you take the trouble of coming to our places?’ I said to them: ‘I must come to you, for I am student and you are my teachers.’
Some people for whom I had waited said: ‘Since when you have been waiting for us?’ I informed them that I had been sitting there for a pretty long time. They said: ‘What a pity! You could have awakened us from our sleep’ I said: ’ I did not like to disturb you for my own sake.’ I thus carried on my pursuits, till there came a time when people began to flock to me for learning.
My Ansari friend realized this at that time and remarked, “This boy has surely proved himself more sensible than us.”

The Sahābah Radhiyallāhu Anhum weren’t one of those whom teachers go to a classroom and teach, no, these people learned from the verbal teachings of their imams, their Amir and other great sahabah, they were truly “seeking” for knowledge, they didn’t just sit and learned, they made the effort to learn, and once they have they understood it and then embodied it and spread it— This is the true beauty of seeking knowledge.

These are just some of the beautiful excerpts from the life stories of these great men.
Sa’abi Rahimahullah once said;
“You are listening to this hadith while sitting in your home town. People had to travel all their way to Madinah for even less important things, because Madinah was the only seat of learning in those days.”

So learn from them, learn from their patience, diligence and tolerance. May Allaah be pleased with them. Aameen.

[4] To add here is a list of the 7 Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum whom are known for the number of ahadith they have narrated:

• Abu Hurairāh (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) 5374 ahadīth

• Abdullāh Ibn Umar (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) – 2360 ahadīth

• Anās Ibn Mālik (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) – 2286 ahadīth

• A’ishāh Bint Abu Bākr (Radhiyallāhu Anha) – 2210 ahadīth

• Abdullāh Ibn Abbas (Radhiyallāhu Anhu)- 1660 ahadīth

• Ja’abir Ibn Abdullāh (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) – 1540 ahadīth

• Abu Sa’īd Al-Khudrī (Radhiyallāhu Anhu) – 1170 ahadīth

Indeed it was both the labor and devotion of the Sahabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) together with the Tabi’een (Rahimahumullah) which caused the sacred knowledge to live up to our time.

Do we not give thanks and feel much love for these people?? If yes, then don’t we need to give MORE to the one who has bestowed upon them such patience, perseverance, valor, love and dignity to fight for this knowledge to be preserved so that it can reach our generation and the next generation?

ALHAMDULILLĀH.ALLĀHU’AKBAR.
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and we pray that we find that feeling of us in need of learning these knowledge that these great people fought for, did their best to preserve it and at the end may we embody the values it has and the teachings it has and that we may become one of those who did not just preserve their knowledge for their own sake but for the sake of the whole Ummah. in shaa Allāh.

Story of Hazrat Umar radhiyallahu anhu’s conversion to Islam

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This is the story of how one of the greatest Muslim leaders of all time became a Muslim. This is the conversion story of ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab (Radhiyallahu Anhu).

‘Umar ibn Al Khattab (radhiyallahu Anhu) was a feared and well respected man from the Banu Adi clan from among the Quraish. He came from a middle class family from Makkah. Well known for his determination and fearless nature; he became one of the early opponents of the religion of Islam.

During the days prior to his acceptance to Islam; the religion was being taught in private. There was fear of persecution from the Quraish. The Muslims would meet in homes, and would learn the religion from Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam).

There were few men that had carried so much honor and fear among the Quraish. ‘Umar ibn al Khattab was one of them. That is why, Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam once made a Dua(invocation) to Allah:

“O Allah! Give Islam strength through one of the men you love more: ‘Umar ibn al Khattab or Amr ibn al Hisham(Abu Jahl)”

Umm Abdullah(Radhiallahu Anha)was running one day and had the plan to leave Makkah because of the persecutions. She ran into, fellow tribesmen, ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab (radhiyallahu anhu) who asked her, “Why are you running around??” She responded, “You have caused us too much pain for worshiping Allah.” To her shock ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab radhiyallahu anhu told her, “have peace on your journey.” Umm Abdullah radhiyallahu anha told her brother that she ran into ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab, and her brother responded “He’s going to kill us.”
Islam began to soften the heart of ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab radhiyallahu anhu

One day ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab Radhiyallahu anhu went to visit the Haram. Once there he saw the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam praying in front of his eyes. Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam)was reciting Surah Haqqah(the Reality). Soon after listening to it he said “By Allah, this is poetry as the Quraish have said.” Right when he said this; Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam) recited:

ﺇِﻧَّﻪُ ﻟَﻘَﻮْﻝُ ﺭَﺳُﻮﻝٍ ﻛَﺮِﻳﻢٍ
ﻭَﻣَﺎ ﻫُﻮَ ﺑِﻘَﻮْﻝِ ﺷَﺎﻋِﺮٍ ﻗَﻠِﻴﻠًﺎ ﻣَﺎ ﺗُﺆْﻣِﻨُﻮﻥَ

“That this is verily the word of an honoured Messenger
It is not the word of a poet, little is that you believe!” (69:40-41)

Surprised by the verses, he said to himself “He must be a soothsayer.” Another accusation made by the Quraish. As soon as he said that; the next verses were recited:

ﻭَﻟَﺎ ﺑِﻘَﻮْﻝِ ﻛَﺎﻫِﻦٍ ﻗَﻠِﻴﻠًﺎ ﻣَﺎ ﺗَﺬَﻛَّﺮُﻭﻥَ
ﺗَﻨﺰِﻳﻞٌ ﻣِّﻦ ﺭَّﺏِّ ﺍﻟْﻌَﺎﻟَﻤِﻴﻦَ

Nor is it the word of a soothsayer , little is that you remember!
This is the Revelation sent down from the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)” (69: 42-43)

Later on in life, when speaking of this moment, ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab radhiyallahu anhu said “This is when Islam entered my heart.”

Hazrat Umar radhiyallahu anhu was a headstrong young man of great determination. He was brought up to venerate the Kaabah and to cherish the unity of the Quraysh and their religion.

That is why he saw Islam as a threat to the Quraysh and became most violent and unrestrained in his attacks on Muslims. He was one of the most rabid enemies of Islam and of Muhammad (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), the Messenger of God, and was a great tormentor of the Muslims. That is why conversion of hazrat umar radhiyallahu anhu to islam is very famous incident in Islamic history.

It was the sixth year of Holy Prophet’s mission when Quraish leaders called a meeting . in this meeting they discussed the current situation of tribe, the most prevailing one of which was the new emerging religion Islam.

All the leaders greed upon the assassination of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam). Now problem was, who would perform that task. At one moment, all eyes turned towards this fearless man, who had come forth. They saw that he was Umar, the Son of khattab . The Qurayshis were confident that Umar bin khattab radhiyallahu anhu was more than capable. Umar bin khattab radhiyallahu anhu, being famous of his bravery , fearlessness and hatred for islam , was chosen for this job and everybody in the meeting exclaimed that he was the right person for it.

‘Umar ibn Al Khattab (radhiyallahu anhu), a man known for determination and his anger, made a sudden decision of killing Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wa alaihi wassalam). Even though Islam was slowly entering his heart; the hatred he had for the new religion still existed. So on that day that he just decided that he was going kill the Messenger of Allah. On his way he ran into Sa’ad bin Waqqas (Radhiyallahu Anhu)who began to talk to him.

When Sa’ad radhiyallahu anhu found out that ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu wanted to kill the Prophet; Hazrat Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas radhiyallahu anhu went cold all over upon hearing this dreadful decision and looked for ways to discourage him from his intention. he told ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu that maybe he should deal with his sister first inferring that she became Muslim.So Umar radhiyallahu anhu changed his direction and started to move towards his sister’s house.   

Umar bin khattab rahdiyallahu anhu came to the door (of the house of his sister) , he heard some voices of recitation coming from inside home .There he called out to her angrily as he approached. Khabbab ibn al-Aratt Radhiyallahu anhu who often came to recite the Quran to Saeed bin Zaid radhiyallahu anhu and Fatimah radhiyallahu anha was with them then, and they were reciting Surah Ta ha.

Hearing the furious voice of her brother, she hide the holy Quran in home, mean while Umar bin khattab radhiyallahu anhu entered the house.

Entering the house he asked “ what was that voice coming from house when I approached ?” They tried to assure him that it was only normal conversation that he had heard but he insisted: “Hear it I did,” he said, “and it is possible that you have both become renegades.” Hazrat Umar bin khattab radhiyallahu anhu exploded in wrath at what he believed to be a prevarication, and struck his sister in her face.

The blow caused her mouth to bleed. He was going to strike again but the sight of blood made him pause. He suddenly appeared to relent, and then in a changed tone asked her to show him what she was reading. She sensed a change in him but said: “You are an unclean idolater, and I cannot allow you to touch the Word of Allah.” He washed his body and then read the Quran. That was the beginning of Surah Ta Ha (Chapter 20 of the Holy Quran). When he came to the verse:

“Lo! I even I, am Allah, there is no god save Me. So serve Me and establish Salat for My remembrance”. (Surah Ta Ha 20: verse 14)
After Reading this verse Umar Radhiyallahu anhu exclaimed “surely this is the word of Allah. Take me to Muhammad (s.allallaahu Alaihi Wasallam)”.

On hearing this Hazrat Khabbab (Radhiyallahu anhu), who had hidden himself in the house, came out from inside and said, “O Umar! Glad tidings for you. It seems that the prayer of the Rasulallah (s.a.w) which he said last night has been answered in your favour. He prayed to Allah: “O Allah, strengthen Islam with either Umar b. Khattab or Umar b. Hisham, whomsoever Thou pleaseth”

Now ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab radhiyallahu anhu returned on his plan to visit the Prophet. While he made the stop at his sister’s house; Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas radhiyallahu anhu went and warned the Prophet and his companions of ‘Umar’s intentions.

When ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu got to the house with sword in hand. The warrior Hamza ibn AbdulMutallib (Radhiallahu Anhu) said, “I will kill him with his own sword.” The Prophet(Sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam) told him, “No, go hide.”

When ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu entered the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam) grabbed ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu by the collar and shook him; then asked him, “O Ibn Al Khattab, Why have you not accepted Islam?” ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab (Radhiallahu Anhu)responded:

ﺃﺷﻬﺪ ﺃﻥ ﻻ ﺇﻟﻪ ﺇﻻَّ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻭ ﺃﺷﻬﺪ ﺃﻥ ﻣﺤﻤﺪﺍ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ

“I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

The Muslims that were hiding began yelling “ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺃﻛﺒﺮ ”(God is the Greatest). This became so loud that it could be heard through out Makkah. Till this day, when a person accepts Islam, upon him finishing his deceleration the people say “ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺃﻛﺒﺮ ”

After years of secretly spreading Islam, from that moment on, Islam began being preached in the open. Outside for everyone to accept.

Immediately after becoming Muslim; ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu asked Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam), “Who is the hardest on the Muslims?” The Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa alaihi wassalam) told him it was Abu Jahl ibn Hisham. So ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu immediately went to the house of Abu Jahl and knocked on his door. Abu Jahl greeted his nephew, but then ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu said to him “I am a Muslim now.” Upon hearing that Abu Jahl slammed the door on his face.

The young Abdullah Ibn Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu), the son of ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab radhiyallahu anhu, who secretly was already Muslim at a very young age could not be happier. When he found out he began running through the streets yelling “‘Umar has left the religion of your forefathers.”

Within one hour of becoming Muslim; ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab radhiyallahu anhu began fighting with the Quraish. Many of the Polytheist came out and began fighting with ‘Umar. When ‘Umar began to fatigue, he would grab an honored son of Quraish and threatened everybody that he would poke his eyes out if they didn’t back off. He continued to
do this until he was completely tired.

This is what made ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab (Radiallahu Anhu) special. He was a man of action. He not only believed, but he did something. We can all take a lesson from his life. We sit around and we have been Muslim for days, weeks, months, years, and most of us our whole lives. This man was Muslim for just an hour, and began fighting for his faith. How can we be too lazy to do anything; when we hava an example like ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab radhiyallahu anhu??

Also read: https://islamreigns.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/who-is-the-greatest-conqueror-in-history-alexander-the-great-or-hazrat-umar-al-farooq-ﺭﺿّﻰ-ﺍﻟﻠﻪ-ﻋﻨ/