Now, Umar!

{The Prophet has a greater right on the believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers} (33:6)

Our chief Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) had the providence, when the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was holding his hand, to say:

“O Messenger of Allah, you are more beloved to me than anything else, except my own self.”

He (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“No, by Him in Whose hand is my soul, not until you love me more than you love yourself!”

The Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) then gazed at Umar with his Prophetic gaze, a gaze filled with lights, mercies, divine blessings, and lordly secrets. How fortunate is he at whom the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) gazes! Immediately, Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) increased in love and reverence for the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam). Our chief Umar then said:

“Now, by Allah, you are more beloved to me than myself!”

The Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) gazed at him in a congratulatory gaze and said:

“Now (your faith is complete), Omar!”

The first gaze from the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) to our chief Umar was a gaze of reproach, then teaching, then giving from Allah (most high) through the hands of the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam).

The second gaze from the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was a congratulatory one.

With the first gaze of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) upon our chief Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), immediately the faith of our chief Umar was completed and perfected. These are souls that are ready and receptive! Such were the Companions!

The Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) rejoiced, because he would rejoice for the believers when Allah gave them blessings. “Now (your faith is complete), Umar!” I am happy for you, Umar, for what Allah blessed you with, by making my self more beloved to you than your own self that is between your two sides.

Such was the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) a source of good and blessings for his Companions and those who love him, and he still is, until the coming of the Hour.

– Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari, The Friday Lessons, vol. 10, pp. 78-9.

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Notes:

1) The hadith is narrated by Bukhari.

2) It is authentically narrated and established that in some of the recitations of the above verse, it says:

{The Prophet has a greater right on the believers than their own selves, and he is a father to them, and his wives are their mothers} (33:6)

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