Abdullah Bin Umar رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ
What was so special about him?
Anas رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ said: We were sitting in the presence of Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) one day, and he said, “A person is about to arrive from this mountain path who is from the people of Paradise.”
So a person from the Ansar arrived, his beard dripping with water from wudhu and his left hand carrying his sandals. He greeted us with salaams. The second and the third day too the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said similar words and the same man appeared in the same condition.
Abdullah Bin Amr Bin Al-Aas followed the man sought his permission to stay with him for three days. So Abdullah spent three nights with this person. But he did not see him stand up for the night prayer at all! All he did was, mention Allah and make takbeer when he turned sides on his bed. He would do this till he stood up for the Fajr prayer.
However, Abdullah said, “I never heard him speak anything except good.” So when the three days were over, Abdullah told the man, “O, servant of Allah! I heard Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم saying on three occasions, ‘A person is about to arrive who is from the people of Paradise,’ and you arrived on those three occasions.
But I have not seen you perform a great deal of deeds, so what is it that made the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم say that about you?” He replied, “I do not harbor disloyalty to any of the Muslims within me, and neither do I feel jealous for the wealth that Allah has bestowed upon them.” Abdullah said, “This is what has (made you special) and it’s something we cannot endure.” (Musnad Ahmad – Hasan)
Taking father’s money
Q- If my father gives me money to buy things, and then some of that money remains, can I keep the remaining sum without telling him?
A – The extra that remains from what your father entrusted you with to purchase something he needed is not for you to take. Rather it is obligatory for you to return this to your father because that is part of fulfilling the trust that is ordered in the saying of Allah Almighty: “Verily! Allah commands that you should render back the trust to those, to whom they are due. (Qur’an, 4:58)
– Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz; Fatawa Islamiyah, vol. 8, no. 333
Q- In America, when a person is afflicted with baldness, the doctor takes hair from the back of his head, and plants it in the affected area. Is this practice permitted?
A – Yes. Since this operation is about restoring Allah’s creation as it was and to remove a defect – and not to beautify or add to what Allah created –, then it does not fall under the category of changing the creation of Allah.
It is a form of rectifying a deficiency and removing a defect. The Prophet (peace be upon him) related a story about three men, one of whom was bald. One of them wanted Allah to return his hair to him, the angel rubbed him, and Allah gave him nice hair.
– Sheikh Muhammad Bin Salih Al-Uthaymeen; Fatawa Islamiyah, vol. 8, pg. 227
Abdullah Bin Umar رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ :
Besides being the son of Umar and one of the major jurists among the Companions, Abdullah Bin Umar was a man that we would all love to be. His life and his adherence to the Sunnah is quite exceptional. The following narrations collected in Adh-Dhahabi’s Siyar A’lam An-Nubala (4/346-373) and Ibn al-Jawzi’s Sifat As-Safwah (1/214-222) give a glimpse of Ibn Umar’s character:
1 – Life as youth
Ibn Mas’ud رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ said: “From the most disciplined youth of Quraish in the face of the dunya was Abdullah Bin Umar.”
Jabir Bin Abdullah رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ said: “None of us experienced the dunya, but it affected him, except for Ibn Umar.”
Nafi’ said that Ibn Umar presented himself to fight in Uhud when he was 14 years old, and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم refused to allow him. He then presented himself during the Battle of the Trench when he was 15, and he was allowed to fight.
2 – Disciplined adult
Ibn Shihab said that Ibn Umar was about to curse one of his servants, and said: “O Allah, cu-,” but he stopped without completing the word, and then said: “I don’t like to say this word.”
3 – Imitating the Prophet in everything
Zayd Bin Aslam رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ said: “Ibn Umar would dye his beard with saffron until his clothes were colored with it. He was asked about this, and said: “I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) dye his hair with it.””
Hisham Bin Urwah said: “I saw Ibn Umar’s hair reaching down to his earlobes,” and Anas reported that the Prophet’s hair also hung down to his earlobes.
Ayesha رَضِيَ اللَّهُ said: “I never saw anyone holding tighter to the original affair than Ibn Umar.”
Malik said that someone informed him: “Ibn Umar would imitate the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and follow his traces and lifestyle and be very keen in this, to the point that we feared for his sanity because of his keenness in this.”
Nafi’ said: “Ibn Umar used to follow the traces of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) in every place he prayed. This was to the point that there was a tree that the Prophet would sit under, and Ibn Umar would frequent this tree and water its trunk so that it wouldn’t weaken.”
Nafi’ said that Ibn Umar told him that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) told him: “If only we could leave this door (of the mosque) for the women.” So, Ibn Umar never used that door until the day he died.
Muhammad Al-Umari said: “I never heard Ibn Umar mention the Prophet without weeping.”
Nafi’ said that Ibn Umar was once on his way to Makkah, and stopped the animal he was riding and said to it: “Maybe my footsteps will fall where his footsteps did,” meaning the footsteps of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
Tawus رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ said: “I never saw anyone praying like Ibn Umar who was stricter than him in facing the Qiblah with his face, hands, and feet.”
4 – Friendliness with people
Ibn Umar رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ said: “Sometimes, I go out for no reason or need except to greet people and have them greet me.”
Abu Amr An-Nadabi said: “I went out with Ibn Umar once, and he didn’t leave a single young or old person except that he greeted them.”
5 – His care to look and smell good
Abdullah Bin Waqid said: “I saw Ibn Umar praying. If you saw him, you’d see him shivering about, and I saw him putting some musk in cream and rubbing it on himself.”
6 – Humility
Nafi said: “Ibn Umar and Ibn Abbas would sit with the people when the pilgrims arrived, and I would sit with one of them one day, and the other the next. Ibn Abbas would answer every question he was asked, and Ibn Umar would refuse to answer most of the questions he was asked.”
7 – Eating less
Ibn Al-Jawzi said that he would sometimes go an entire month without even tasting meat.
When Abdullah Bin Adiyy (a servant of Ibn Umar) came from Iraq, he greeted him and said: “I brought you a gift.” Ibn Umar said: “What is it?” He replied: “Jawarish.” Ibn ‘Umar asked: “What is jawarish?” He replied: “It helps you digest your food.” So, Ibn Umar said to him: “I haven’t filled my stomach in 40 years. So, what will I use it for?”
8 – Generosity
Maymun Bin Mahran said: “Ibn Umar was given 22,000 dirhams in a gathering. He did not get up from that gathering until he had given it all away.”
Maymun Bin Mahran said that Ibn Umar’s wife would complain about him, saying: “What can I do? I never cook any food for him except that he would invite others to eat with him.
So, I sent some food to the group of poor people who would sit in the road on his way from the mosque and fed them with it,” and she had told them not to sit in this road that Ibn Umar took anymore and to not respond to his invitations.
When Ibn Umar finally got home, he said: “You don’t want me to eat supper tonight,” and he refused to eat that night.
Mujahid said: “I accompanied Ibn Umar, seeking to serve him. Instead, he would serve me even more.”
Nafi said: “Ibn ‘Umar did not die before freeing at least a 1000 slaves.”
Abu Bakr Bin Hafs said: “Ibn ‘Umar would never eat food except in the company of an orphan.” – SG
May Almighty ALLAH (SWT) guide all of us to the Right Path and give all of us the courage to accept the Truth in the light of Qur’an and Sunnah and to reject all things which are in contradiction to the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah, Aameen.