بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحـمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آلـه وصحبه ومن والاه
Isma’eel ibn Ziyad said:
مَرَّ عَلِيٌّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ عَلَى الْمَسَاجِدِ ، وَفِيهَا الْقَنَادِيلُ فِي شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ ، فَقَالَ : نَوَّرَ اللَّهُ عَلَى عُمَرَ قَبْرَهُ كَمَا نَوَّرَ عَلَيْنَا مَسَاجِدَنَا
“Ali رضي الله عنه passed by some masajid in Ramadan, and they had lamps inside. He said, ‘may Allah fill Umar’s grave with light, just as he filled our masajid with light.’
[Ibn Abd-Al Barr, ‘Al-Tamheed’, 1303]
‘Umar رضي الله عنه was an entrepreneur par excellence, and a highly skilled administrator who revolutionised infrastructure in some of the most important areas of public life during his leadership. With his ingenuity, he put in place personnel and processes that worked for the welfare of the Ummah and brought ease to the masses.
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ ۙ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ
“Allah has promised those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, that for them there is forgiveness and a great reward.” [Al Maa’idah, 9]
When talking about the amazing qualities of Umar رضي الله عنه we rarely pay attention to the things that made him the person he was. His thought and strategy was nuanced, primarily by the social and economic environment he had to shape. As individuals, we all have great potential to positively contribute within our own spheres of influence, private or public. We need to pay attention to detail when studying the successes of our illustrious predecessors in subsuming some of their successes and legacy.
May Allah make their lives an inspiration for us all in our own roles, no matter how insignificant we might see them to be. Ameen.