Hazrat Umar Farooq (R.A)
Hazrat Umar ibn AL-Khattab Alias Umar Farooq (R.A) was born in 585 C.E in Makkah. He belongs to the Adi family-a prominent family of the Quraysh tribe. His father name was Khattab ibn Nufayl. In the Quraysh, he was among the few who could read and write. He was adept in archery, horse riding, and swordsmanship in his younger age. Due to his qualities, Prophet Muhammad SAW supplicated his conversion to Islam.
It’s a long story how he converted to Islam as Hazrat Abdullah ibn Masood R.A once told him when he was infidel, “O Umer, WAllahi, you are the best among the two Umarain. The anotger Umer was Amar ibn Hasham Aka Abu Jahal. Abu Jahal also had some best qualities, and their acceptance of Islam was the need of that hour. That’s why Prophet Muhammad SAW prayed to Allah to revert one Umar between the two to Islam, and Allah SWT blessed Hazrat Umar with Islam.
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Title of Hazrat Umar:
Prophet Muhammad SAW gave the tile of “Al-Farooq” to Hazrat Umar (R.A). Al-Farooq means the one who distinguishes between right and wrong. He was famous for his bravery and justice. These two qualities of him make him different from the others.
Hazrat Umar as a caliph:
He was the second caliph of the “Rashidun” and was the successor of Hazrat Abu Bakr. He reigned 634-644 C.E. So, we can say that his reign was ten years. Muslims made rapid conquests during his reign. He ruled over 220,000,0 square kilometres. He spread his ruling From East Africa to the Middle East and Central Asia.
There are several Hadiths and quotes of prominent Sahabas in honour of Hazrat Umar (R.A)
Hazrat Umar (R.A) as guidance for Muslim Ummah:
Hazrat Abu Huraira (R.A) narrated in Sahih Bukhari that Prophet Muhammad SAW one said, “Among the nation of Bani Israel who lived before you, there were men who used to be inspired with guidance though they were not prophets, and if there is any such of a person amongst my followers, it is Umar”.
The above Hadith shows the importance of Hazrat Umar (R.A) how a man of great stature he was. So, for Muslims, he is a role model.
Hazrat Umar- A sought after man for Hazrat Ali:
Hazrat Ali (R.A) was the chief justice in the reign of Hazrat Umar (R.A). A very emotional Hadith is quoted from Ibn Abbass (R.A) in Sahih Bukhari. He said, “While I was standing amongst the people who were invoking Allah for Umar bin Khattab who was lying (dead) on his bed, a man behind me rested his elbows on my shoulder and said, ‘O Umar! May Allah bestow His mercy on you. I always hoped Allah would keep you with your two companions- Hazrat Muhammad SAW and Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A)-, for I often heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘I, Abu Bakr and Umar were (somewhere). I, Abu Bakr and Umar did (something). I, Abu Bakr and Umar set out. So, I hope that Allah will keep you with both of them. ‘I turned back to see that the speaker was Ali ibn Abi Talib’
When a person like Hazrat Ali (R.A) praised Hazrat Umar (R.A) with such words, it means the calibre of Hazrat Umar is one of the greatest in Muhammad’s Ummah.
Allah praised Hazrat Umar:
In Al-Tabarani, Abdullah Ibn Abbas (R.A) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) looked at Umar one day and smiled at him and then said, “O son of Al- Khattab do you know why am I smiling at you? He replied, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “Allah, Almighty and Majestic, boasts about the people of Arafat and boasts about you specifically.”
The bottom line is Hazrat Umar (R.A) is one of the greatest companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). His life is an example for everyone, and those who follow in his footsteps will succeed in Dunya and Akhira. May Allah SWT has mercy on his soul. Ameen
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