If Umar was Alive..this WOULDNT happen

Remember that man? The son of Khataab? The man with the overpowering body structure who demanded respect? The man who would walk around with a stick in his hands and rightfully hit those whom his judgment caused the punishment to descend upon? Yeah that man. His name was Umar Bin Khataab. We’ve all read about his stories and some of us have even taken the time to study his life. Now just imagine if he (may Allah have mercy on his soul) was alive during our period of Time? How would he react to certain situations that you and I witness throughout our days? Well that’s the question that came to mind and I closed my eyes, only to picture these following situations…

 Have you ever seen a brother giving dawah (calling someone to practise Islam) to an attractive woman? I mean, out of all the people who attend his school, he decides,  the woman whose dressed the most to impress, needs to be reminded of her promise to Allah. The promise to worship Him and serve His good pleasure. Sure, she probably needs to be reminded about her duties but one might ask, why has such a brother limited his dawah to  this particular “attractive woman”? Hmmmm…such a question would cause the mind to wonder, does this particular brother go around hunting for beautiful women that need, “the fajr phone call”? And to take matters to the next level, without anyone pushing him to do so, he takes it upon himself to voluntarily become the support system from these handpicked women. You know, the system that requires the phones calls regarding, “when is the next prayer, Ya’Ahmed?”. And lets not forget about the Tim Horton meet ups to discuss “the situation of the Muslims living in Palestine”. Yes, situations such as these do exist.  I’ve even heard of brothers asking one another, “has this type of brother played the “Islam card” to pick up women?” Who am I to say? But what if Umar bin Khataab was alive and he witnessed such a young, strong brother leaning on a set of lockers, focusing his attention on a woman whom he managed to corner onto another set of lockers and all this time, all this brother was trying to do is, remind her about her Islamic duties? How would Umar respond? Meantime, what if this same young brother’s pants were hanging from his (you know what) while his fullback tilted to the side and although it was prayer time, he found the call of Islam to this woman to be better for his overall standing with Allah. Yeah I’m serious, such situations do actually happen and such people do exist…if you know what I mean 🙂 . What if Umar saw this brother engaged in this exact act? How would he react? Anybody? Nobody? Just take a guess and maybe you’ll be right. Well if you’re going to be shy, I may as answer the question myself. Lets just say…Umar (ra) would probably walk up to this young brother and without saying much, he would HIT the young brother with his strong stick. For what you ask? Well for that answer, you’ll need to wait until you meet Umar in paradise and when you do, ask him as to why he would make such a judgment on this situation.

Moving on to another scenario…. 

What about those men who walk into the prayer room at school appearing lazier than students who are forced to attend academic university classes, 8:30am on a Friday morning. Looking upon such men, you would think someone forcefully pushed them into the prayer room and demand they complete their prayers or their lives would pay the price for their negligence. Just the other day, I was in the prayer room at school and while I was sitting, after having completed my duty to Allah, my attention suddenly got drawn to a man who walked into room. This man’s feet were dragging with great burden along the carpeted floor. His face overwhelmed with unpleasant joy. His body screamed for help and I looked upon him twice, only to notice, Ive seen this brother before. In fact, Ive seen him many times and on every occasion, his body language gave out the same desperate cry. The cry that asked, “WHY me..! This is too much burden!”. Normally, I would give such a brother the benefit of doubt and remind myself that perhaps, this brother is having one of those days. Those days in which everything seemed to be going wrong and although we shouldn’t bring such attitude into a prayer room, we’re humans and sometimes our emotions do get the best of us. But since I had recognized this particular brother from our encounters with one another in the past, the argument of, “its just one of those days…that a brotha goes threw”,  flew out the window faster than my homeboy would say, “Yo, are you serious? John McCain is gonna win the bid for the White House?” What if Umar sat in my exact spot in the prayer room and witnessed this brother lift his hands to enter the prayer in laziness? And after entering the prayer, rushed through all of the stages of prayer faster than a hijabi wraps the hijab around her modest head. To take matters a step further, after having completed the prayer (if you even want to call it that), the brother glances over at Umar with the look of, “yeah I know. I pray five times a day. Aren’t I the best Muslim you know? Please, I cant do autographs right now.” How would Umar respond? Did you say, the stick? 🙂 Maybe? Perhaps Umar would approach the man first and ask him, “what was that?”. The man would respond, “that my brother, is called salah.” “Salah? Let me show you what salah is. Do you see this stick? Now watch the speed of how fast it goes up and down and you tell me if its called salah?”. After responding with such a statement, Umar would demonstrate with his stick the speed of which the man completed his prayer. He would demonstrate this example while constantly hitting him for his ignorance. But Umar was a merciful man and he would only continue to hit this man until the ignorant traits present in the man’s character became cured from the wrongful ideology  he possessed. The incorrect ideology that salah was somehow a favor towards Allah and not a mercy for man.

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5 Responses

  1. Assalamu Alayaka, Ya Akhee. Ameerul Mumineen ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab is here. Not literally, but you are there to play his role. It your duty as a Beliver to command the good and forbid the evil with all due respect my dear brother in true Islam.

    Man is very forgetful and makes a lot of mistakes. His own self (nafs) tells him to do evil and the Shaytaan tempts him to commit sin. When bodies get sick and are afflicted with disease, one has to find a doctor who can prescribe the appropriate medicine so that the body may be restored to full health. Similarly, souls and hearts may be afflicted with the diseases of desire and doubt, so people do things which Allaah has forbidden.

    The diseases of the heart [psychological and spiritual diseases] are worse than diseases of the body. This means that one must find a doctor who is skilled in treating such diseases. Because the diseases of the heart are so many and cause the spread of evil and corruption, Allaah has enjoined the believers to treat these diseases, by enjoining that which is good and forbidding that which is evil. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:104]

    Enjoining what is good (al-ma’roof) and forbidding what is evil (al-munkar) is one of the most important Islamic duties, indeed it is the noblest and most sublime. This is the task of the Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them all), as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allaah after the (coming of) Messengers” [al-Nisaa’ 4:165]

    Allaah has made the Muslim ummah the best nation ever raised up for mankind, in order to do this important task, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “You (true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad and his Sunnah) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allaah” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:110]

    If the ummah fails to do its duty of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, wrongdoing and corruption will spread throughout the ummah, and it will deserve the curse of Allaah. For Allaah cursed those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved because they failed in this important duty.

    ie: ‘Umar saw a man who looked as if he was dying because of his ascetism. He hit him with his stick and said: “Do not make our religion dead, may Allah kill you.”[4]

    (4)[4] Akhbar ‘Umar, p.175

    It was narrated from ash-Shifa’ bint Abdullah that she saw some people who walked slowly and spoke slowly. She said: “Who are these?” They said, “Ascetics.” She said, “By Allah, when ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab spoke, he could be heard, when he walked he walked fast, when he hit he caused pain, and by Allah, he was a true ascetic.”[5]

    [5] ibid

    A man came swinging his arms and strutting, and ‘Umar said to him: “Stop walking like that.” He said, “I cannot.” ‘Umar whipped him, then he strutted, and he whipped him again and he stopped strutting. ‘Umar said, “If i do not whip one liek this then who should I whip?” The man came to him after that and said, “May Allah reward you with good; it was nothing but a Shaytan whom Allah sent away through you.”[6]

    [6] Manaqib Ameer al-Mu’mineen by Ibn al-Jawzi, p.101

    Enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil is an important mission, hence those who undertake this mission must be of good character and must understand the objectives of sharee’ah; they must call people with wisdom and fair preaching and deal with them in a kind and gentle manner, so that Allaah may guide those whom He wills at their hands.

    Enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil is a mission which will never end until the Hour begins. It is obligatory upon all the ummah, rulers and subjects, men and women, each according to his or her circumstances. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; and if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith.” (Narrated by Muslim, 49)

    The Muslim ummah is one nation, and if corruption becomes widespread in it and its circumstances turn bad, then all the Muslims are obliged to reform it, rid it of evil things, enjoin what is good and forbid what is bad, and offer sincere advice to all.

    PS:

    If a Muslim is commanded to do something, he should be the quickest of people to do it, and if he is forbidden to do something, he must be the one who keeps furthest away from it. Allaah has issued a warning to those who go against that, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do?

    Most hateful it is with Allaah that you say that which you do not do” [al-Saff 61:2-3]

    No matter how righteous a person may be, he still needs sincere advice, guidance and reminders in the light of the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Allaah said to the Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds, the most perfect of all creation (interpretation of the meaning):

    “O Prophet (Muhammad)! Keep your duty to Allaah, and obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites (i.e., do not follow their advice). Verily, Allaah is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise”

    [al-Ahzaab 33:1]

    So we must all enjoin that which is good and forbid that which is evil, so that we may attain the Pleasure of Allaah and His Paradise.

  2. Interesting scenario yaa Ameen. I particularly like the first scenario. How about I flip it out on ya, I thought perhaps you would like to finish this post off with speculating (for as Umar is not here, all we can do is speculate) What Umar will do to the brother who observes both of these scenarios, shakes his head in disappointment, is dishearten at the umma’s position in this day and age, and yet, remains (at least in the scenario) silent???
    Worth pondering on that I believe.

    W Salamah.

    P.s. As always thanks for the great read, you make the brain cells move a bit faster. 🙂

  3. Assalam Ya’Ibtisam,

    I think you can speculate as well I could as to how Umar would react to such a situation. But you can never rule out the STICK from coming into play.

  4. “… that salah was somehow a favor towards Allah and not a mercy for man.”

    SubhanAllah. Sadaqta

  5. Hmmmm, the stick, a high possibility.

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