Posted by: Dawud Israel | September 11, 2009

Hilayatul Awliya: Accounts about Umar bin al-Khattab

Bismillah, alhamdulillah, wa salat wa salam ala Rasulullah

I will be posting some excerpts from this legendary book. You can find a few narrations from this awesome book online, here and there was a blog that posted some stuff, that I can’t find at the moment…will edit this when I find it.

They are very beneficial and inspirational- a little different because these are the accounts of the Salaf and other righteous people, so alhamdulillah, the benefit is, they serve as a bridge to the Sunnah- we see how those who came before us understood and implemented the Prophetic wisdom and can learn from that perspective. Its really amazing how differently they’re minds worked. I think learning from our pious predecessors is really overlooked and one reason why our communities struggle with tarbiya.

Umar bin al-Khattab (radiallahu anhu)

Ali bin Abi Talib (radiallahu anhu) once said: “We used to say that there is an angel that speaks with Umar’s (radiallahu anhu) tongue.” (Hilayah al-Awliya 3/64)

Al-Hassan (radiallahu anhu) narrated that Umar (radiallahu anhu) was once walking along with some of his companions when they passed by a trash dump. Umar stood there for a moment pondering, and his act disturbed his fellows. When he noticed that they were offended by the stench, he commented: “This is the world you care so much to hoard, and this is the outcome of what you trust most and rely upon for your needs!” (Hilayah al-Awliya 3/72)

Khalaf bin Hawshab (radiallahu anhu) narrated that Umar (radiallahu anhu) once said: “I pondered upon this subject and realized that if I desired comfort in this world, I would harm my lasting comfort in the hereafter, and if I desired the hereafter, I must renounce the comfort of this world, and hence, I decided to give up the ephemeral. Therefore, if you find the same, then it is surely better for you to endure a little discomfort in this life.” (Hilayah al-Awliya 3/79)

Sa’id bin Abu Burda (radiallahu anhu) narrated that Umar (radiallahu anhu) once worte a letter to his deputy in the North, Abu Musa al-Ashari (radiallahu anhu), and in closing, Umar (radiallahu anhu) said: “….Therefore, the happiest of governors (on the Day of Judgment) is one whose subjects were happy with him (in this world), and on that day, the most wretched of governors is one whose subjects have suffered under him in this world. Beware never to procrastinate or fail to serve the people. Otherwise, your deeds will fritter away and you will be like a cow, once it sees green pasture, it hastens to chomp on it to grow fatter, not realizing that once it becomes fat, it will be fit to slaughter.” (Hilayah al-Awliya 3/80)

Mujahid (radiallahu anhu) narrated that Umar (radiallahu anhu) said: “Patience is the healthiest ingredient of our life.” (Hilayah al-Awliya 3/82)

Hisham ibn al-Hassan (radiallahu anhu) said: “When Umar (radiallahu anhu) read a Quranic verse admonishing the people, he would suppress his emotions and gasp for breath, and he often erupted sobbing until he was nearly choked by his own tears, and sometimes, he even fell unconscious. When Umar (radiallahu anhu) recouped, he would constrain himself to the confines of his house for some days. People would think that he was ill, and they would go to visit with him and inquire about his death.”
(Hilayah al-Awliya 3/91)

Thabit bin al-Hajjaj (radiallahu anhu) narrated that he heard Umar (radiallahu anhu) admonishing the people in a sermon saying: “Weigh your actions before they are weighed, and reckon yourselves before you are reckoned, this will make it easier for you tomorrow. Adorn yourselves for the grand exhibition: ‘On that Day, you will be displayed for judgment, and all your secrets will be brought to light’ (Quran 69:18).
(Hilayah al-Awliya 3/98)

After reading all that…consider this…

After Umar’s (radiallahu anhu) passing away, al-Abbas bin Abdul Mutalib (radiallahu anhu) once said: “I was a neighbor of Umar bin al-Khattab (radiallahu anhu), I highly valued such a privilege, and I never thought that there is anyone better than him. His nights were spent in prayers, and during his days he fasted and served the people. After Umar’s (radiallahu anhu) death, I prayed to Allah to allow me to see him in a dream, and last night, I saw him in a dream, walking the marketplace of Madina, and he was wearing a very nice shawl. I bid him peace and he reciprocated. I then asked him, “How are you doing?” He replied, “Well.” I asked, “What did you find?” Umar (radiallahu anhu) replied, “My reckoning was just concluded. During its consideration, my stance was just about to be rent asunder had I not met a Merciful Lord.” (Hilayah al-Awliya 3/106)

What then is our situation…?

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


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