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PostSubject: Umars coming to Islam.   Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:09 pm

Umars coming to Islam


Umar (radiallaho anho) later on the pride of Muslims and the dread of the disbelievers was most adamant in opposing the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him), 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 (peace and blessings be upon him) Tauba. Umar offered himself for this job at which everybody exclaimed:

“Surely, you can do it, Umar!”

With sword hanging down his neck he set out straightway 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 don’t you see Banu Hashim, Banu Zuhrah and Banu Abdi Manaf are likely to kill you in retaliation?”

Umar (upset at the warning): “It seems that you have also renounced the religion of your forefathers. Let me settle with you first.”

So say Umar drew out his sword. Sa’ad, announcing his Islam, also took out his sword. They were about to start a dual when Sa’ad said:

“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 husband and wife were receiving lessons in Quran from Khabbab (radiallaho anho). Umar knocked at the door and shouted for his sister to open it. Khabbab hearing the voice of Umar, hid himself in some inner room forgetting to take the leaves of the Holy Quran with him. When the sister opened the door. Umar hit her on the head saying:

“O 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 with 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 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 abit ashamed over his sister’s bleeding, his eyes caught the leaves of the Quran left behind by Khabbab. He said, “Alright show me these leaves. 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 “Taha” He started from the beginning of the Surah and he was changed man altogether when he came to the verse:

“Lo ! I, even I am Allah. There is no god save me. So serve me and establish Salat for my remembrance.”

He said: “Alright, take me to Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him)”

On hearing this Khabbab came out from inside and said:

“O, Umar ! Glad tidings for you Yesterday (on Thursday night) the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) prayed to Allah, ‘O, Allah strengthen Islam with either Umar or Abu Jahl whomsoever Thou likest’ It seems that his prayer has been answered in your favour.”

Umar then went to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and embraced Islam on Friday morning. Umar converting was a terrible blow to the morale of the disbelievers intensified their efforts for the complete annihilation of Muslims and extinction of Islam. With Umar on their side, the Muslims now started saying their Salat in Haram. (Masjid Al Haram, Mecca)

Abdullah bin Masood said:

“Umar’s converting was a big triumph; his emigration to Medina a tremendous reinforcement and his accession to Caliphate a great blessing for the Muslims.”
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