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Humility of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab

The great companion Umar bin Al-Khattab was not an ordinary person, for he was The second caliphs after the great companion, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq.And he had the highest qualities and morals, including that he was – may Allah be pleased with him – humble with all people. And that was a reason for people to love and appreciate him.

 

Umar Ibn Al-Khattab’s conversion to Islam:

His conversion to Islam was a response from Allah to the supplication of Prophet Muhammad – peace and blessings be upon him – when he said a supplication: (O Allah! Strengthen Islam with Umar bin Khattab in particular). The story of his entering Islam is unusual. Hamzah ibn Abdul-Muttalib, the Messenger’s uncle, had humiliated Abu Jahl in Mecca, so Umar ibn Al-Khattab wanted to take revenge for Abu Jahl, as he was Umar’s uncle on his mother’s side. In such a situation, Arabs usually resorted to using swords. Therefore, Umar sharpened his sword to kill the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him).

On the way, he met Na’im ibn Abdullah, who hid his Islam. Upon learning that Umar wanted to kill Muhammad, Na’im informed Umar that his sister Fatima and other members of Umar’s family had converted to Islam.

Umar turned back to go to his sister. Khabbab ibn Al-Aratt was at her house, reading Quran (Surah Taha) to her. Umar heard him and he asked about that which he heard. When he read the beginning of the Surah, he said, “How beautiful and honorable these words are!” then he went to The Messenger of Allah and pronounced his belief in Allah and His Messenger, and what he brought from Allah. And The Messenger and his companions said: (Allah is the greatest)

 

 Some examples of his humility with people and soldiers:

 When Umar Ibn Al-Khattab entered Syria. He was in a humble garment. He was told to dress well since he would be presented to the Patriarchs as the Caliph of the Muslims.

He answered them: (We are a people whom Allah has honored with Islam, so we will not seek glory through anything else).

 

Hudhaifah said: I entered upon Umar and saw him worried and sad, so I said to him: O, Commander of the Faithful, What makes you concerned? He said: I am afraid that I will fall into evil, and none of you would forbid me, out of respect for me. 

Hudhaifah said: By Allah if we saw you departing from the truth, we would have prevented you. Umar was happy and said: Praise be to Allah Almighty Who has made companions for me who would help me if I am misguided.

 

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