Tuesday, 22 March 2016 17:25

‘Umar ibn al-Khattab: The Rightly Guided Man of the Ummah

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‘Umar’s full name was ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab ibn Nufayl ibn ‘Abdul ‘Uzza. He was born into the Adi clan of the Makkan Quraysh tribe, thirteen years after the Year of the Elephant, or in around 583CE. The Prophet Muḥammad was born in the Year of the Elephant itself, therefore making ‘Umar thirteen years younger than him. Their lineages converge with each other at ‘Umar’s ninth ancestor, Ka’b ibn Lu‘ayy ibn Ghalib. When his daughter, Hafsa, married the Prophet, ‘Umar also became the latter’s father-in-law. His agnomen was Abu Hafs, probably from his first child Hafsa’s name. His mother, Hantamah bint Hashim ibn al-Mughirah, was the paternal cousin of Aba Jahl ibn Hisham, who was amongst the staunchest enemies of Islam and the Prophet.. ........... [click here to download the full article in pdf ]