How Umar (r) a Disciple (Companion) of Prophet Muhammad(s) who was an Idol worshiper and a fierce enemy of Islam and Prophet Muhammad(s) converted to Islam – Part 1

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How Umar (r) a Disciple (Companion) of Prophet Muhammad(s) who was an Idol worshiper and a fierce enemy of Islam and Prophet Muhammad(s) converted to Islam – Part 1

When the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) proclaimed himself being a Prophet of God , the reaction among the Quraish was violent. Umar(r), a young man of strong convictions, held the new faith(Islam) to be a sacrilege of the idols of Katbah. Young, well-built, and fiery-tempered as he was, Umar(r) was in tile forefront in opposition to Islam.

Some accounts have come down to us showing Umar’s (r) attitude to Islam in the days before his conversion.

Umar has related that in the days of ignorance he was one day standing by an idol with a number of Quraish when an Arab sacrificed a calf. From the belly of the calf the following cry was heard:

“O blood red one,
The deed is done.
A man will cry
Besides God, none.”

This corroborated what the Holy Prophet (peace be on him) said. Umar, however, dismissed the cry as sheer hallucination.

 

It is on record that along with some Arabs Umar (r) went to a soothsayer, and asked him to look into the matter of Muhammad (peace be on him) who had proclaimed a new faith. The soothsayer looked to the beaven for a long time. Then he leapt and said:

“O men, God has honored and chosen Muhammad,
Purified his heart and bowels.
His stay, among you,
O men will be short.”

Umar cursed the soothsayer and returned home very cross and upset.

 

Lubna, a maid servant of Umar(r), accepted Islam. When Umar (r) came to know of her conversion, he beat her violently and asked her to retract. She said that he might kill her, but she would not leave Islam. Thereafter it became the wont of Umar (r) that he would beat her every day and would stop beating till he himself felt exhausted. In spite of that, the slave girl remained steadfast.

Umm Abdullah bint Khatamah, a lady related to Umar, also accepted Islam. Umar (r) was very furious at her conversion. As she along with her husband Amar bin Rabiah and other early converts decided to migrate to Abyssinia, Umar (r) felt moved. He visited her and said, “Umm Abdullah are you going?” She said, By God, you have made our living in Mecca very difficult. There is no option with us but to migrate elsewhere.” Inadvertently Umar (r) said, ‘Umm Abdullah, may God protect you; go in peace.” At that time Umm Abdullah felt that in spite of Umar’s(r) opposition to Islam, he would one day accept the new faith.

We have it on the authority of Umar (r) himself that one day he came across the Holy Prophet(peace be on him) in the Ka’bah. The Holy Prophet was reciting verses from the Holy Quran and as Umar(r) listened to these verses he felt that it was the work of some poet. Then the Holy Prophet recited, “This is the revealed word of God; it’s not the work of any poet. Yet you people do not believe”. Thereupon Umar (r) felt that if this was not the work of any poet it would be the work of a soothsayer. Thereupon the Holy Prophet recited the verses, “And this is not the word of any soothsayer; it is divine word communicated through Gabriel.” Hearing these verses Umar (r) stood transfixed for some time. In his heart of hearts he thought that perhaps truth lay with Muhammad (peace be on him).

Umar(r), however, dismissed these feelings and soon he was his former self very hostile to Islam.

 

Umar (r) went to the Quraish and participated in their counsels. They felt concerned that the venom of the new faith was spreading and the only remedy was that Muhammad (peace be on him) should be killed. All present at the meeting agreed that Muhammad (peace be on him) should be killed. Then the meeting invited volunteers who would kill the Prophet. Umar (r) volunteered to kill the Prophet, and vindicate the faith of their forefathers.

Ta Ha

One hot sultry day in the year A.D. 616, Umar buckled his sword and set out to kill the Holy Prophet (peace be on him). In the way, Umar met Nuaim bin Abduilah. He was a friend of Umar. He had been converted to Islam, but Umar (r) did not know of that.

Noticing the dark frowns on his face, Nuaim asked Umar what he was up to. Umar (r) said that he was going to slay Muhammad (peace be on him), and thus vindicate the gods of Ka’bah. Nuaim said! “Beware if you harm Muhammad (peace be on him) you will not be safe from the fury of Banu Hashim. Desist from such a course in your own interest”. Umar (r) cried angrily: “It appears you have also become a Muslim.” Nuaim said, “Umar, do not bother about me, but take care of your sister and brother-in-law who have been converted to Islam, and who may be reading the Quran at this very moment.”

That made Umar (r) pause. Instead of going to the Holy Prophet, he went to the house of his sister. His sister was Fatima and her husband was Saeed bin Zaid. Umar loved his sister. He had never thought that his brother-in-law or his sister would have the audacity to accept Islam. This was news to him. He could not believe it, but he thought it advisable to verify the facts.

As Umar (r) stepped into the house of his sister, he found that both Fatima and her husband were reading the Quran from a leaf. Seeing Umar(r), his sister hid the leaf. Fatima rose to welcome her brother with a smile. But there was a dark frown on the face of Umar(r). “What were you reading”, he thundered. “Nothing”, replied Fatima.

Umar(r) caught his brother-in-law by the throat and said, “So you have apostasised from the faith of your forefathers”. Saeed retorted, “Rather we have abandoned falsehood for truth.” Thereupon Umar (r) was about to strike Saeed when Fatima intervened saying, “Hands off from my husband. If ypu have anything to say, say it to me, but do not touch my husband.” Umar (r) asked, “Is it a fact that you have become Muslims.” She replied, “Yes. we have become Muslims. You may kill us if you like, but we will not waver in our faith”.

 

Umar (r) stayed his hands and desired that the leaf from which they had been reading should be shown to him. Fatima said that he could not touch the sacred leaf until he had washed his hands. Umar (r) washed his hands, and the sacred leaf was handed over to him. It was the Sura Ta Ha. It read:

“Ta Ha
We have not sent the Qur’an to thee,
To be an occasion for thy distress,
But only as an admonition to those who fear God.
A revelation from Him,
Who created the earth and the heavens on high.
God most gracious,
Is firmly established on the throne of authority.
To Him belongs what is in the heavens and on earth,
And all between them and all beneath the soil.
If thou pronounce the word aloud, it’s no matter
For verily He knoweth what is secret
And what is yet hidden.
Verily there is no god but He
To Him belongs the most beautiful names.” (20: 1-8)

As Umar (r) read the verses over and over again, he felt as if these verses were addressed to him in person, and the mysterious Ta Ha referred to Umar-the Man. Umar (r) shuddered with the fear of God, and he felt as if his conscience was upbraiding him, “Umar, how long would you stay away from the path of truth. Has not the time come for you to follow the truth?”

And then Umar(r) resolved that he would lose no time in following the truth. Turning to his sister and brother-in-law he said, “I came to you as an enemy of Islam; I go from you as a friend of Islam. I had buckled this sword to slay the Prophet of Islam; I now go to him to offer him allegiance.”

Fatima and Saeed cried “Allah o-Akbar”.

SOURCE : http://www.witness-pioneer.org/

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