Thursday, February 21, 2008

Umar ibn Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of God be upon) used to say that if Satan would come one way and see Umar, that he would cross the road.

Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) gave opinions that matched the Quran, before the revelation was sent. The are books written about this.

One amazing story was about Umar Ibn Khattab who was a companion of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him). Umar found a old Jewish man begging he asked him why he was begging? The man said that he had to pay tax. Umar commanded that he be given money from the public funds and scolded the governor of that city. Then put laws into place that old people would receive a wage when they became old. The first pension? This was in the during his reign in the years 634-644.