Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) coming into
Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho), of whom all the Muslims are
justly proud, and the disbelievers still dread, was most adamant
in opposing the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and very prominent
in persecuting the Muslims before he embraced Islam. One day, the
Qureysh in a meeting called for somebody to volunteer himself for
the assassination of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasal-lam).
'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) offered himself for this job, at which
"Surely, you can do it, 'Umar!"
With sword hanging from his neck, he set out straight away on his
sinister errand. On his way he met Sa'ad bin Abi Waqqas of the Zuhrah
clan. Sa'ad inquired:
"Whither! 'Umar?" 'Umar: "I am after finishing Muhammad."
Sa'ad: "But do not you see that Banu Hashim, Banu
Zuhrah and Banu Abde Munaf are likely to kill you in retaliation?"
'Umar (upset at the warning):
"It seems that you also have renounced the religion of your
forefathers. Let me settle with you first."
So saying, Umar drew out his sword. Sa'ad announcing his Islam,
also took out his sword. They were about to start a duel when Sa'ad
"You had better first set your own house in order.
Your sister and brother-in-law both have accepted Islam."
Hearing this, Umar flew into a towering rage and turned his steps
towards his sister's house. The door of the house was bolted from
inside and both husband and wife were receiving lessons in the Qur'an
from Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho). 'Umar knocked at the door
and shouted for his sister to open it. Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho
anho) hearing the voice of 'Umar, hid himself in some inner room,
forgetting to take the manuscript pages of the Holy Qur'an with
him. When the sister opened the door, 'Umar hit her on the head,
"0, enemy of yourself. You too have renounced your religion."
Her head began to bleed. He then went inside and inquired, "What
were you doing? And who was the stranger I heard from outside?"
His brother-in-law replied, "We were talking to each other."
'Umar said to him, "Have you also forsaken the creed of your
forefathers and gone over to the new religion?" The brother-in-law
replied, "But what if the new religion be the better and the
true one?" 'Umar got beside himself with rage and fell on him,
pulling his beard and beating him most savagely. When the sister
intervened, he smote her so violently on her face that it bled most
profusely. She was, after all, 'Umar's sister; she burst out:
"'Umar! we are beaten only because we have become
Muslims. Listen! we are determined to die as Muslims. You are
free to do whatever you like.."
When 'Umar had cooled down and felt a bit ashamed over his sister's
bleeding, his eyes fell on the pages of the Qur'an left behind by
Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho). He said, "Alright show
me, what are these?" "No," said the sister, "you
are unclean and no unclean person can touch the Scripture."
He insisted, but the sister was not prepared to allow him to touch
the leaves unless he washed his body. 'Umar at last gave in. He
washed his body and then began to read the leaves. It was Surah
"Taha". He started from the beginning of the Surah, and
he was a changed man altogether when he came to the verse:
"Lo! I, indeed I am Allah. There is none worthy of worship
save Me. So serve me and establish Salaat for My remembrance."
He said: "Alright, take me to Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe
On hearing this, Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho) came out from
inside and said:
"0, 'Umar! Glad tidings for you. Yesterday (on
Thursday night) the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) prayed
to Allah, *0, Allah strengthen Islam with either 'Umar or Abu
Jahl, whomsoever Thou likest'. It seems that his prayer has been
answered in your favour."
'Urnar then went to the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and
embraced Islam on Friday morning. 'Umar's Islam was a terrible blow
to the morale of the unbelievers, but still the Muslims were few
in number and the whole country was against them. The disbelievers
intensified their efforts for the complete annihilation of Muslims
and the extinction of Islam. With 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) on their
side, the Muslims now started saying their Salaat in the Haram.
Abdullah bin Mas'ood (Radhiyallaho anho) says:
"'Umar's Islam was a big triumph, his emigration
to Madinah a tremendous reinforcement, and his accession to the
Caliphate a great blessing for the Muslims."
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