Posted by: Dawud Israel | September 27, 2009

Hilayatul Awliya: Accounts about Abdullah ibn Umar bin al-Khattab

Bismillah, alhamdulillah, wa salat wa salam ala Rasulullah

I thought rather than jumping around…I would contnue and show you the son of Umar bin al-Khattab so you can see for yourself what sort of father and how his piety affected his family.

May Allah make us pious parents and pious children and grant us and our progeny the same, ameen.

Abdullah ibn Umar bin al-Khattab (radiallahu anhuma)

Nafi narrated that Abdulah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma) said: “The truth is that I have never once ate my fill since I became Muslim.”

Abdullah, son of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, narrated that Abu Bakr ibn Haf said: “Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma) never sat to eat a meal unless an orphan had a share in it.”

Salim bin Asim narrated that Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma), never turned away a beggar unsatisfied, and that he sometimes ate with a leper from the same plate, and at times the leper’s hand may have been plasmatic.

Abu Hamed bin Jabla narrated that Maimun bin Mihran said: “I visited the house of Abdullah ibn Umar and I noticed that the value of its combined contents did not equal the price of a shawl.”

Abdullah bin Muhammad narrated that Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma) said: “One does not become a truly knowledgeable alim except: 1) If he is not met with the jealousy of those higher in rank; 2) if he is not belittled by those who are less knowledgeable than he; and 3) as long as he does not take advantage of his knowledge for monetary gain.

Salem bin Abi’l Ja’ad narrated that Abdullah ibn Umar said (radiallahu anhuma): “A man does not attain the station of true faith (iman) unless he regards others as incapable of understanding the reasons behind his immoderate religious exertions.”

Muhammad bin Hayyan narrated that someone said to Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma): “O Abu Abdu-Rahman, Zaid bin Haritha al-Ansari has just died.” Abdullah replied: “May the mercy of Allah encompass him.” The man continued: “O Abu Abdu-Rahman, he left one hundred thousand Dirhams behind him!” Abdullah ibn Umar replied: “Yet they did not leave him.”

Nafi narrated that Abdulah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma) said: “The best thing a man must cleanse is his tongue.”

Malik bin Anas Narrated that Ubaidullah, son of Abdullah bin Utba said: “Ikhlas (sincerity) was easily recognizable in Umar bin al-Khattab and in his son Abdullah ibn Umar and anyone could clearly recognize their birr (trueness to their Lord) in the way they spoke and in their actions.”

Adam bin Ali narrated that Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma) said: “On the Day of Judgment, a group of people will be called the ‘Deficient Ones.’ Someone asked: What does the ‘deficient ones’ mean?” Abdullah replied: “Such are the ones whose ablutions and prayers are inadequate through lack of concentration and hastiness.”

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal narrated that Mujahid said: “I was walking with Abdullah ibn Umar and we passed by a ruin. Abdullah said to me, “Say, ‘O ruin, tell me, what did your people do?'” I turned to the ruin and said, ‘O ruin, tell me, what did your people do?’ A moment of silence passed, then Abdullah ibn Umar said, “They have gone, and these are the effect which they have left behind them!”

Mujahid narrated that Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma) said: “Today loyalty (mwalat) to people is centered exclusively around selfish wordly interests,a nd such politically motivated endorsements bring its people nothing but havoc.”

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal narrated that Nafi said: “One time, Abdullah ibn Umar fell sick and I bought him a cluster of grapes for one dirham. As soon as I placed the grapes before him, a beggar knocked at the door, and Abdullah said to me: ‘Take these grapes and give them to that man.’ I said, ‘First take some of them!’ He replied, ‘No, give all of them to him.’ So I did, but I also went out after the beggar, I bought grapes back from him for one dirham, and I brought them back to Abdullah. The beggar who took the one dirham went away for a few moments, but shortly after that, he returned to the door and asked for something in charity. Again Abdullah ibn Umar said to me, ‘Give these grapes to the man at the door,’ and again I said, ‘Eat some at leaste, taste them!’ He insisted, “No. Give all of them to that man,’ and I did as he told me. Like that, for the third time–or perhaps the fourth time– I handed the grapes to the same beggar, and I further went after him and bought them back for one dirham, and everytime he took the money, he went away for a moment before he returned to the door and asked for something in charity. After the third or fourth time, I became upset, and I went after the beggar and I said to him, ‘Aren’t you ashamed of your actions?’ Finally, I bought the cluster of grapes from him for another dirham, and he agreed to leave, and at last, I brought the grapes to Abdullah ibn Umar who ate some.”
Mujahid narrated regarding Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma) that a young man stood up and asked God’s Messenger (salallahu alayhi wasalam): “O Messenger of Allah, who is the most diligent of believers?” He replied: “The one that remembers death most, and who is best prepared for it, such are the most diligent ones.”

(From Hilayah al-Awliya)

There are many more narrations on his generosity. Today we hesitate to give to the people on the street and so its amazing to see how stubborn and consistent Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma) was in his giving charity- more stubborn than even a beggar would be in asking for charity !!

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


Responses

  1. “Salim bin Asim narrated that Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhu), never turned away a beggar unsatisfied, and that he sometimes ate with a leper from the same plate, and at times the leper’s hand may have been plasmatic.”

    Subhanullah!!! I need to change my priorities and change how i interact with poorer people.

    Thank you for this.

    In all sincerity,
    Jazaa’ Kallah Khayrun

  2. Is there any actual physical copy of the book you can buy somewhere online, I tried to find it and got nothing.

  3. http://islamicbookstore.com/b2923.html

  4. Jazaakamullah Khayrun.

  5. *Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma)

  6. Abdullah ibn Umar (radiallahu anhuma)
    he is a great man may allah give him janatul fardowsa amiin

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