Sayyidina `Umar ibn al-Khattab al-Faruq

Jabir said: The beginning of `Umar’s Islam was that `Umar said, ‘My sister’s time to give birth came to her at night so I went out of the house, and entered the precincts of the Ka`bah. Then the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came and entered the hijr (the low-walled, semi-circular area to one end of the Ka`bah) and on him there were two rough cloths. He prayed to Allah as much as Allah willed, then he turned away and I heard something I had not heard the like of. He went out and I followed him and he said, “Who is this?” I said, “`Umar.” He said, “`Umar, will you not leave me alone, either by night or by day?” I became afraid that he might supplicate against me, so I said, “I witness that there is no god but Allah and that you are the Messenger of Allah.” He said, “`Umar, keep it secret.” I said, “No, by the One Who sent you with the truth, I will openly declare it just as I openly declared idolatry.”‘ Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: `Umar went out wearing his sword, and a man from Bani Zuhrah met him and said, ‘Where do you intend going, `Umar?’ He said, ‘I want to kill Muhammad.’ He said, ‘How will you be safe from Bani Hashim and Bani Zuhrah if you have killed Muhammad?’ He said, ‘I can only believe that you have converted.’ He said, ‘Shall I show you something astonishing; your brother-in-law and your sister have converted and abandoned your deen.’ `Umar walked on and came to the two of them while Khabbab was with them. When he heard the sound of `Umar he hid in the house, and then he (`Umar) entered and said, ‘What is this murmur of lowered voices?’ They had been reciting Taha. They said, ‘Nothing but some conversation which we were holding.’ He said, ‘Perhaps you two have converted?’ His brother-in-law said to him, ‘`Umar, what if the truth were outside of your deen?’ So `Umar leapt upon him and struck him severely. His sister came to push him away from her husband and he struck her a blow with his hand so that her face bled. Then she said, and she was angry, ‘And if the truth were outside of your deen? I witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger.’ `Umar said, ‘Give me the writing which you have and I will read it,’and `Umar used to read. His sister said to him, ‘You are dirty, and no-one reads it but the purified (so stand and bathe yourself or perform wudu’).’ He stood and performed wudu’, then he took the writing and read Taha until it came to, ‘Truly I, I am Allah there is no god except Me, so worship Me and establish the prayer for My remembrance.’ (Qur’an 20: 14). `Umar said, ‘Show me the way to Muhammad.’ When Khabbab heard the words of `Umar he came out and said, ‘Rejoice, `Umar! Because I hope that you are the (answer to the) supplication which the Messenger of Allah made for you on the night of Thursday, “O Allah, strengthen Islam with `Umar ibn al-Khattab or with ‘Amr ibn Hisham.”‘ The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was in the lower part of the house which was at the foot of Safa and `Umar went off until he came to the house, at the door of which were Hamzah, Talhah and others. Hamzah said, ‘This is `Umar; If Allah wants good for him he will become a Muslim; and if He wishes other than that, then killing him will be a little thing for us.’ He said: And the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was inside receiving revelation. He came out when `Umar arrived, took hold of the folds of his clothes and the straps of his sword, and said, ‘You won’t give up, `Umar, until Allah visits you with disgrace and punishment like he did al-Walid ibn al-Mughirah.’ `Umar said, ‘I witness that there is no god but Allah and that you are the slave of Allah and His Messenger.’

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