The incident of ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab رضي الله عنه accepting Islam is well known. There are a few points that I'd like to highlight in this brief post.
1. You probably remember that whilst ‘Umar was on his way to seek out the Prophet ﷺ intending to kill him, he encountered one of his tribesmen, Nu‘aym ibn Abdillāh رضي الله عنه, who directed him to his sister’s house, telling him that she had accepted Islam along with her husb...
It is very common these days for people to go out for a meal with friends and/or family; order some takeout and gather somewhere to eat, or just go for a dessert. This presents a great opportunity to practice upon a Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ and a very rewarding good deed: feeding people.
In the Qur’ān, when mentioning the qualities of His righteous servants, Allāh says:
Imām Muslim رحمه الله narrates on the authority of Abū Hurayrah رضي الله عنه that the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ once entered the graveyard (of Baqī‘) and proclaimed, “Peace be upon you O [People of] the residence of the believing people! We shall soon be joining you, Allāh-willing.”
He then stated, “I desire that we have seen our brothers.” The Ṣaḥābah رضي الله عنهم asked, “Are we not your brothers, O Messenger...
‘Abdur-Rahman ibn ‘Awf رضي الله عنه was fasting, and food had been laid down for him [to break his fast with]. Upon seeing this, he remarked, “Muṣ‘ab ibn Umayr was martyred, and he was better than me; he was shrouded in a sheet [so small] that if his head was covered with it, his feet would become exposed, and if his feet were covered with it his head would remain exposed. Ḥamzah [ibn ‘Abdil Muṭṭalib] was also martyred, and he...
Aslam رضي الله عنه narrates that ‘Umar رضي الله عنه once received news that Abū ‘Ubaydah رضي الله عنه had been besieged in Syria, and the enemy had joined forces against him. So ‘Umar رضي الله عنه wrote to him:
Peace [be upon you].
No difficulty befalls a believing servant, [except that] Allāh creates after it an exit [from it]; never will a difficulty overpower the two periods of ease Allāh creates:
It has been narrated from ‘Abdur Raḥmān At-Taymī رحمه الله that he said:
“I said to myself one night, ‘Today, nobody will beat me standing in ṣalāh tonight,’ so I started my ṣalāh. I then noticed the shuffling of a man behind me, and I found it to be ‘Uthmān ibn ‘Affān رضي الله عنه, so I moved a little to the side, upon which he came forward and started reciting the Qur’ān, until he finished it [in one rak‘ah!], then went into...
It has been narrated from Abū Wā’il رحمه الله that he said:
“Ibn Mas‘ūd رضي الله عنه came to us and gave us the news of the passing away of ‘Umar رضي الله عنه - I have not experienced a day in which he wept and grieved more than that day – and then he said, ‘By Allāh! If I come to know that ‘Umar used to love a dog, I would also begin to love that dog; by Allāh! I feel that the shrubs have also felt the loss of ‘Umar.’”