When Umar saw this, he could not control himself and wept.

He was an ascetic regarding worldly affairs and would worship Allah throughout the night. He was the brave and courageous soldier who fought with the sword – and the infallible Prophet – the conqueror who conquered nations and countries. He slept on a mat of hay, and a pillow filled with course fibers. People crowned him as the Sultan over Arabs, or King of the Arabian Peninsula, yet his family lived a simple life, even after they received great fortunes; the riches were piled in the Masjid. Fatima complained to him about the strenuous work she did, the grinding stone and water jug which she used to carry – how they had left marks on her body. The Messenger at that time was dividing the female and male slaves amongst the Muslims. He did not give her a portion of that wealth; instead, the Prophet taught her a few words and supplications. His Companion, Umar came to his house and looked in his room, and saw nothing but a hay mat which the Prophet was sitting on, which had left marks on his body. The only provisions in the house were half a Saa’ (measure of weight) of barley in a container, and a water skin that hung on the wall – this is all the Messenger of Allah owned at a time half the Arabs were under his control. When Umar saw this, he could not control himself and wept.

The Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said:
ما يبكيك يا عمر ؟
‘Why are you weeping O Umar?’ He replied:
ومالي لا أبكي إن قيصر وكسرى يتمتعان بالدنيا وينعمان بنعيمها
وإن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لا يملك إلا ما أرى
‘Why shouldn’t I weep – Khosrau and Caesar enjoy themselves in this world and the Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, only owns what I see!’ He responded:
أما ترضى يا عمر أن يكون ذلك نصيب كسرى وقيصر من نعيم الدنيا
وتكون لنا الآخرة خالصة من دون الناس
‘O Umar, wouldn’t it please you that this is the share of Khosrau and Caesar in this life, and in the Hereafter this pleasure would be for us alone?’


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