Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Weeping of Umar (radhiAllahu 'anhu) II

the most telling example of a man who few would think would cry because of Allah is Umar, may Allah be pleased with him. He was known for being strong, fearless, and uncompromising when it came to matters of faith. Yet, Abdullah ibn Isa said that Umar had two black streaks on his face because of constant weeping.

He feared Allah so much that he once said, "If someone announced from the heavens that everybody will enter Paradise except one person, I would fear that that person would be me."

Umar was one of the strongest believers. Yet he cried and feared Allah.

Source: Crying in Front of Allah-It's not impossible

See also: The Weeping of Umar (radhiAllahu 'anhu) I

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

To know one

A man came to Umar ibn al-Khattab and spoke in praise of another. Umar asked him: “Are you his nearest neighbor such that you know his goings and his comings?”


“Have you been his companion on a journey so that you could see evidence of his good character?”


“Have you had dealings with him involving dinars and dirhams [money] which would indicate the piety of the man?”


“I think you saw him standing in the mosque muttering the Quran and moving his head up and down?”


“Go, for you do not know him...”

And to the man in question, Umar said, “Go and bring me someone who knows you.”

Source:quoted from Islam The Natural Way by Abdul Wahid Hamid, p. 66

Sunday, September 02, 2007

‘Umar and the Eloquent Woman

Ash-Sha’bi (ra) reported that Ka’b Bin Sur was sitting with ‘Umar when a woman came and said, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen! I have never seen a man better then my husband. By Allah, he prays the night and fasts the day.” Upon hearing this, ‘Umar praised the woman and supplicated for her, and she shyly departed. Ka’b then said, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen! Shouldn’t you have considered her accusation against her husband, for she indeed was quite eloquent in her complaint!” ‘Umar replied, “Why do you not judge between them, for you have understood about her situation that which I did not.”
[After he judged], ‘Umar said, “By Allah, your first understanding (of her situation) is not more amazing then the second (the judgement). I hereby appoint you as judge over Al-Basrah, and indeed, you are a remarkable judge.”

Source: Recorded by Ibn Abi Shaybah and others
Taken from: Al’ ilmun Nafi’