Omar ibn al Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) loved Rasulallah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
Among the sahabah he was one of the best.
He spent all of his time worshipping Allah,
and helping the ummah instead of rest.

    The second khalifah he was,
    Patrolling through the streets in twilight,
    Mercy was in his heart for the innocent,
    To the poor he was compassionate and polite.

But against the kuffar he was harsh,
And feared by the cursed Shaitan,
"Our dead are in Jannah and your dead are in Fire"
On Uhud he shouted at Abu Sufyan.

    One night he found a woman boiling a pot.
    "In it is water we have no food to eat,
    Perhaps the children will cry themselves to sleep."
    But Omar (may Allah be pleased with him) fed the children dates, oil, and wheat.

He listened to people's problems,
As Amir ul Muminin he was the leader.
And with very wise judgment,
Because, he obeyed his great teacher.

    He opened the lands to Islam,
    Like Egypt and the Persian Empire.
    Organized them into Islamic States,
    And chose governors like Amr ibn al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) to hire.

Omar Al-Farooq (may Allah be pleased with him) had wonderful qualities.
His Farasa (intuition) was always correct.
The truth would flow out from his mouth.
Generals for wars he would select.

    When Omar (may Allah be pleased with him) took his shahadah.
    His Islam was announced publicly.
    He brought strength to the early Muslims.
    By praying openly at the Ka'bah.

He ate simple foods and wore patched clothes.
From the Bait ul Maal little salary he took.
Rasulallah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "If there were to be,
Another prophet after me, It would be Omar al-Farooq (may Allah be pleased with him)."

Zainab Khan
Age 9 years,
Manchester, CT


Published: June 2005