Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Sayings of Omar Ibn El Khattab

Omar Ibn El Khattab was a Companion of the Prophet, conqueror of Persia, the second Caliph after Abu Bakr, and an expert jurist. He was also a man known for his justice as well as for his many sayings. Here is a short selection:

To eat less is healthy, to speak less is wisdom, and to sleep less is worship
To earn a suspicious living is worse than begging.
The person who calls himself learned, indeed he is ignorant, and the one who calls himself from the dwellers of Paradise surely he is from the dwellers of Hell.   
There are three types of people:
  •  Successful: he who listens to the advice of people and ponders over it.
  • Lazy or Lethargic: he who does what he wants without consultation or advice of people.
  • Corpse: who neither gives nor listens to advice and consolation.
The sound of music and that of a mourner are two of the worst sounds.
Do not forget about yourself whilst being concerned for others.
During his Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, Umar ibn Al-Khattab heard one of the camel drivers singing. People asked Umar ibn Al-Khattab as to why he did not stop the camel driver from singing. Umar ibn Al-Khattab replied, "Music was the camel driver's provision for a journey."

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