Hazrat Omer-The Founder Of Best
The founder of best democracy
The mission of the Holy Prophet was still in the early stage. Islam was still
weak and helpless. The chiefs of Mecca were up against it. One night the Holy
Prophet stood in the Kaaba, lost in thoughts. Presently he raised his hands and
turned his eyes heavenward. "Lord!" he prayed, "make Islam strong with either of
the two men, Amr bin Hisham or Omar bin Khattab."
The prayer was instantly granted. Allah chose Omar to serve Islam. Amr bin
Hisham was to die as Abu Jahl (Father of Ignorance). But Omar was to become a
great pillar of strength for Islam.
He was born in 583 A.C., about forty years before the great Hijrah. Omar was
twelve years younger than the Holy Prophet. He was the son of Khattab. His
mother's name was Khatmah. He came of the Adi branch of the Quraish. Banu Adi
was held in great respect. They acted as the agents of the Quraish in talks with
other tribes. They also acted as judges in their disputes.
In early youth, Omar got training in methods of warfare. In his youth he was a
famous wrestler and orator, and a spirited person. He was one among the few
people in Mecca who knew reading and writing before Islam. His main occupation
was business. He also learnt the art of public speaking. From the outset, he
showed unusual courage and frankness of manner. Eager to learn, he was earnest
and thorough in whatever he undertook. These qualities won him a name in the
country rather at an early age. As a trader, he had to travel to other lands.
These travels brought him a wide knowledge and a deep understanding of men and
He was a very pious Muslim. His success lay in two things-fears of Allah and his
love for the Holy Prophet...