‘Umar b. al-Khattab’s Words on Salah


`Umar said, while standing on the podium,

“A man might have white hair in Islam (i.e. reaches in old age while Muslim), yet has not completed even one prayer for Allah, the Exalted!”

He was asked, “Why is that?”

He said, “He does not perfect the prayer’s required Khushu`, solemness and attending to Allah with his heart.” [Al-Ihya 10/202]


`Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) became unconscious after he was stabbed, and according to Al Miswar bin Makhramah, it was said:  “Nothing would wake him up except the call to prayer, if he is still alive.”

They said to him, “The prayer has finished, O Chief of the Faithful!”

He woke up and said, “The prayer, by Allah! Verily, there is no share in Islam for whoever abandons the prayer.”

He performed the prayer while his wound was bleeding.

[Sifat as Safwah 2/131]


Filed under Classics, From the Pages of History, Gems, Giants Amongst Men, Sifat as-Safwah

5 responses to “‘Umar b. al-Khattab’s Words on Salah

  1. al-Furqaan



    How Is Our Salah In Comparison


  2. CCC

    You’ve gotta be in a GOOD possition to claim others go their whole lives and have not corrected their salah…So here is Omar’s (ra) near perfection….

    Al-Husayn narrated:
    Uthmaan ibn Alu Al Aas married one of Omar’s (ra) widows.
    Uthmaan said:
    “I swear by Allah it is not because I am interested in money or offspring that I have married her,
    but because I would like her to tell me how Omar used to spend his nights”
    [Reported by At-Tabaranii]

    And what were those nights like…
    Some describe it as, he would lead the people in Isha, and then go home and continue to pray until dawn, awakening his family to pray alongside him in the later part of the night….


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  4. assalamu alaikum wa rahmatuLlah. barakaLlahu feek. hope u dont mind sharing posts from ur blog


  5. wa alaykum as salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh Umm Mariam. Please feel free to share any posts from this blog inshaAllah. May Allah accept it from you and I. Ameen ya rabb.


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