Today i was listening to one of my profs telling us about the Islam of Umar… radiya Allahu ‘anhu ❤ I adore him!
We were discussing how some people have got their priorities set straight, and how all they need is that last push and they’re set to go. When Uma’r radiya Allah ‘anhu accepted Islam, it was 3 years after Muhammad alayhi asalam, became a prophet, and up to that time, they never publicly talked about islam in the streets of Mekkah.
Umar that day was on a mission, he was set forth to kill the prophet, peace be upon him. He had nothing else set in mind but to do so, and he also, well from a psychological point of view, had thought of all the consequences of killing a member of the greatest tribe – Quryash.
But that did not get in his way. He had so much anger, so much energy that nothing could stop him. But by the will of Allah, he accepted islam that day.
And within seconds of reading the first verses of surat TaHa he said to his sister:
“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.”
He went to the prophet and accepted islam.
Allahu akbar, history at its finest. But.. he didn’t stop there. NOPE. That same energy he had, the same strong driven Umar bin alKhattaab he was before islam, he was after he became a muslim. He took all the energy, all those emotions within and used it now for the sake of Islam, and not against it.
Within hours, Umar changed history. He at first was marching to kill the prophet, then a few hours later, he took the shahada, and within 5 mins asked the prophet aren’t we on the truth, aren’t they on falsehood. THEY? Those whom he was amongst have now become ‘they’… man talk about priorities set right. As soon as he knew the truth, he didn’t put his hands and feet in cold water and just chill and say okay lets think about it. Nope.
He took it out to the streets. He went to the door of Abu Jahl and told him he was Muslim. For the first time in 3 years the muslims walked down the streets of Mekkah, for the first time declaring that there is no deity but Allah. This same man had it all set straight in his head, when he thought that islam and the prophet needed to be ended, he was driven and motivated and saw nothing in his way but to end it… Then he saw the truth and didn’t wait, he was determined to do the opposite with the same energy. It took him one day to change what will forever be a changing point in islam.
Sometimes we see the truth, but it takes us a while to act upon it. We gutta get our priorities set right and act upon them. Umar could of just sat in dar alarqam with the Rasool, but he didn’t because his character didn’t allow him to do so. And that is what i love most about Umar ❤ He brought the light to islam in his own way and this is what we should all do.
Umar didn’t have the quran memorized, or didn’t spend days on fasting, nights long praying, but yet he is one of the 10 promised Jannah. Umar had energy and Umar had a character that Islam needed. He used what he had for the sake of Islam, and that is what is just so amazing about him. SubhanAllah – sometimes we focus so much on how we need to make our eman higher by reading quran and memorizing hadiths and crying all night long.
Of course that is beautiful and may Allah make us amongst those who do that, but sometimes we forget the each one of us has something special that Allah has blessed us with… Its all about learning what you have as a talent, what Allah has blessed with and work on it, and use it purely for him.
So get it all set straight and work on yourself to better yourself for Islam. And act upon it, don’t just sit back and wait for someone else to do it. You do it. And do it now 🙂