Saturday, February 10, 2007

Umar sleeping under a tree

One afternoon a Roman emissary arrived in Madinah on important diplomatic business with the Caliph. When he enquired as to the whereabouts of Umar (RA), he was directed to a man sleeping peacefully under a tree: with no bodyguards, no weapons, no fortifications and no security. The Roman messenger marvelled at this sight: the sight of the leader of millions of people sleeping peacefully under a tree without a care in the world. He then remarked his famous words that remain etched into history until today: “O Umar! You ruled. You were just. Thus you were safe. And thus you slept.”

Source: Babar Ahmed, The Stone of Justice
Note: If someone can find the proper source of the story, I'd really appreciate it. I'll look for it as well.

Note (added Feb 13): The story is on Wikipedia as well.


MT said...

wow, that's amazing!

Hafsa said...

Tareq Suwaidan mentioned this story during RIS.

Humairah Irfan said...

Thanks Hafsa!

Syra said...

A righteous person tends to be blessed with a peaceful sleep.

Don't be sad said...

Asalaamu alikum,

May Allah bless us with leaders like Umar (RA).

Jazak'allah for this beautiful blog- its a great resource on a personality I love to learn about.

I'm waiting for Abu Bakr (RA), Uthman (RA) and Ali (RA) blogs to appear in time insha'allah...(!)

Don't be sad

Carlo said...

Good Job! :)

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