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What did Omar rA make Dua for?

If life gets too hard for you to stand — then kneel. Kneel down to Allah, prostate your forehead to the ground. The closest a servant is to Allah is when they are in sajdah:
Allah’s Messenger, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “The closest that a servant is to his Lord is when he is in sajdah-prostration.” (Muslim)

Ibn Al-Qayyim, rahimahullah, described our sujood-prostration as the secret of prayer, the greatest pillar. He said all the other actions we had done before it was just preludes.

But in this sujood-prostration, when we were kids, we learned Duas that fortunately or unfortunately, stuck with us for a very long time. I say unfortunately because many of those Duas became mindless and mechanical; we just say them without knowing what they mean and without putting our heart into it.

Today, I’d like to take an adventure into the history books to read about what the second Khaleefah, Omar ibn AlKhattab, may Allah be with him, used to make Dua for. And may we find in those Duas profound lessons for all of us.

O ALLAH, I AM TOUGH; MAKE ME SOFT

When Omar (radi Allahu anhu) became Khalifah, he often prayed: “O Allah, I am tough; make me soft. I am weak; make me strong. I am miserly; make me generous.”

Lesson:
Know thyself. Know what you’re dealing with. Know your weaknesses and offset them with Dua and ask Allah for help.

Humility. He didn’t say he is the greatest. He knew he had shortcomings, but he dealt with it.
He teamed up with people who offset his weaknesses.

Don’t make excuses. The fact that he felt he wasn’t perfect didn’t stop him from making Dua and moving forward to take responsibility.

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BLESS ME TO DIE IN MADINA
One of Omar’s dua, radi Allah ‘anhu’, was that Allah grants him shahadah (a status with Allah normally associated to Muslims killed in battle) and, at the same time, that he die in the city of Madinah.
“O Allah, grant me shahadah in Your path, and allow my death to be in the city of Your Messenger.”

The problem was that there were no battles happening in Madinah — combatants were not fighting in Madinah. The preceding was the argument Omar’s son Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with them both, used to bring up to his father: how can you have both? Nonetheless, even though it seemingly didn’t compute, Omar still always made this Dua.

Indeed, he was killed in Fajr prayer leading the Muslims in the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah. Allah accepted his Dua!

LESSON:

In his leadership, we see the importance of focus. How? See, Omar wanted to join the Muslim fighters out on the battlefields, but Omar didn’t leave his administration post in Madinah. He knew that’s where the Ummah most needed him. He poured his energy into his administration position and did it with excellence.

Another profound lesson that I love about his Dua here is that he asked for two seemingly contradictory things. But he didn’t convince himself that it couldn’t be done — he knew that anything was possible in the Hands of Allah.

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 12.15.38 PMNow look back at these two Duas.

What’s a lesson that YOU extract from them? Comment below

About the Author Muhammad Alshareef

Founder and President of DiscoverU, an Islam-based personal development institute. Muhammad Alshareef graduated Islamic Law from Madinah University and holds a Masters Degree from West Virginia University. Canadian, ethnically Egyptian, and a true citizen of the world. He writes about Islamic solutions to popular personal development questions.

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64 comments
arututu ahmed olatunji says

Alhamdulillah Bro. Al-shareef for your enlightement on importance of DU’A, may ALLAH swt continue to increase your knowledge….Aameen.
And hoping to meet in Al-Jaanah with Rasul’llilah saw Insha Allah.
Jazaqum llah Kaheer

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Shareef abd alWareth says

Jazak Allah khair brother Muhammad, I guess another lesson would be that we should strive to hold ourselves accountable for our every action, and to make duaa to Allah for the small and big things alike, nothing is too small or too great to ask from Allah for he holds the keys to everything, it’s when we surrender our wills to him that we feel the most at peace, and only when we try to take control do we struggle.

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Shahanu Sultana says

Alhamdulillah. Good to know how did Omar(r) make doa to Allah swt.

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Bilal Ahmed Awan says

Allah bless you and all Muslim

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kazim says

Indeed he was a great man, what i’ve learn is that a Muslim should be strick in his or her policy

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Bashir says

SubhanAllah. Enlightening, unfortunately some of us make Duas without understanding the meaning. Thanks for sharing and may Allah increase your knowledge.JazakAllah

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Mohammed Omer says

JazakAllahukhairan fiddeen dunya wal Aalkhirah ya Sheikh! I just needed this..because i was hopelessly making dua for something i thought/think was/is impossible. But i forgot that if Allah wills, nothing is impossible. SO in sha Allah i make dua with full conviction from now on.

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Hasanah says

Maa shaa sheik ever since i came across the duaa recipe my mode of prayer has changed am now a happier person knowing that Allah loves me and he loves to listen to my duaa. I pray Allah grant U all ur heart desire in this world and grant U the highest place in paradise Aameen

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Ayesha says

Mashallah, Inspirational! We, even though muslims, tend to get carried away in the world’s materialistic rat-race n lose focus on what we actually want n what we actually need. Many a times the want n need are so jumbled up that we gloriously slip into the luxurious greed. Greed to have more, for greater power..the list is endless n in the end we lose sight of the trivialities…which in honest which so makes up our life. Umar ibn Khattab’s dua makes us believe in ourselves n in Allah’s infinite capacity. It makes us realise the trivialities of life which so much makes for the best or worst of our aqhirah. His duas gives the courage to ask Allah for ANYTHING without censoring! Of-course as long as its halal. His duas are motivational.

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Mustafa says

Assalamu Alaikum.
Thank you. Looking forward to your next article in sha Allah

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Muhammed says

Ma Sha Allah. Barek Allahu Feek brother. The above post about Omar Ibn Al Kattab’s dua helped eso much, gave me hopes. Jazak Allahu Khairan. May Allah help you and me to acquire more knowledge.

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nusrate says

The duaa leads us to judge ourselves before we are judged by Allah SWT. This requires courage, self awareness and responsibility for one’s actions. Then reliance in Allah that our deeds will not lead to JANNAH but our efforts towards jannah will be a means to obtaining Allah Ar Rahman’s Mercy.

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Ibrahim Khaleel Abdussalam says

Jazaa’akal-llaahu khairal-jazaa. May Allah reward you abundantly for your service to the Muslim Ummah.

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Najifa Ahmed says

Alhamdulillah! It was my pleasure to know the beautiful dua that our Khalifah Omar Ibn Al Khattab used to do. Jazak Allah Khair, brother ,for giving me the opportunity to get this dua. Hope to get more in future.

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Anonymous says

AMIN

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Amina says

Please I want to ask is ok to sit and pray as I have chronicle illness cannot kneel down, but love my daily prayers.

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Fatimah says

Manchaa Allah brother Jazak Allah khair may Allah bless you and reward you the wonderful job

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Mohamed says

Assalamualaikum,
Mashallah

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Faizal says

Alhamdulill

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Anonymous says

Alhamdulillah..subhanAllah…Allahumma Ameen

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Anonymous says

JazakAllah Khairan katsiran brother

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Saleh A Rahman says

May Allah reward you with the best of this world and the best of the here after, leaning about real dua is so important, and your help in motivating Muslim is needed so much, now to walk with the faith in only Allah is plain awesome, so my beloved brothers be well and healthy,Dua do work , my Salaam Bro, Saleh

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Muhammad Alshareef says

I think we inherently make Dua for things we think we can do — but the real test (and sweetness) comes from making Duas we know are not in our control. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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Hassan says

Alhamdulillah for this good opportunity to have access to Such sites. may Allah reward Alshareef for it.

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mohmad amin najar says

May Allah reward u for the commandable work u r doing

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Zannuba says

Alhamdulillah…….jazakAllahu Khairan for this wonderful piece. It serves as a reminder for me about the power of du’a. A lot of times we are unhappy about certain things in our lives and we forget our best weapon which is du’a…… Ya Allah I am weak, please make me strong!

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Shifnas Thamiem says

Alhamdulillaah, a timely needed reminder. I personally found this to be a motivational tool to turn to Allaah and beg Him to grant me what I want,with complete Yaqeen. Keep the good articles coming because, yes… Ineed the reminders benefit the believers !!

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Anonymous says

It’s wonderful author it’s great with comments of umar (ral}ur guiding us towards right
May Allah Rewards

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MOHAMMED says

ITS GOOD CONTINUE

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Sarah says

The lesson was very nice.ONLY THE LESSON!

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AminaAbubakar4 says

Masha Allah soo beneficial, It leadto believe that there simply isn’t ANYTHING impossible in the eyes of Allah. ANYTHING!!!

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Khalid Javed Latif says

Assalaamoalaikum…. Jazak Allah Khair and may Allah subhanho wa tala help for better and full concentrating in our prayers and duas.

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Khalid Javed Latif says

Jazak Allah Khair for the wonderful guidance

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Basheerah says

Your post has always been inspirational, Alhamdulillahi I always gain something just by mare reading. May almighty Allah continue to guide you. Aameen

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Ihsaan says

May Allah Be Pleased With Him And Grand Him #Jannah’tul Fir’duz

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Faiza Suhail says

Zabardust… Great effort to light up the importance of dua and having tawwakul on Allah that He can do anything .. Jazak Allah u khair ya Akhi ….

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Faiza Suhail says

Great effort to enlighten the importance of dua and a reminder that Allah can do anything … Jazak Allah khair bro

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Mohammed Abdul says

Inspiring word, we forget our best weapon which is du’a…… Ya Allah I am weak, please make me strong!
Its really motivate me. Thanks for your good comment.

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AMAN TAHA says

Alhamdulilllah I learned many things from your mails, increased my knowledge and bring up my Taqwa. I want to say lot of thanks to you…May Allah elevate you and provide more people like you…

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SHAHUL HAMEED says

JazakAllah Khairen Brother Mohammed for enlightening how to screen ourselves and seek Allah’s Mercy, particularly, for aqirah. There is a lesson for every muslim from the dua of Khalifa Omar Ibn Al-Khattab RA that nothing is big for Allah to grant to His slaves. May Allah guide us to be more righteous, pious and successful here and hereafter.

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Alfred says

Allahu Akbar bro. you are a great inspiration to the Muslim Uma. Allah abundantly reward you here and the hereafter for sharing your knowledge with us. I can’t stop reading read your inspiring ISLAMIC emails. To me they are a therapy to my soul. Please keep doing this great job to help change the mindset of many followers of the religion for the benefit of the day of judgment.

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Laiba khan says

Mashallah!!!may Allah s.w.t make us practicing Muslims!!ameen

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Abdullah Edu says

Glory be to Allah. By this piece, I have learnt another way to success. May the Almighty Allah accepts our supplications and also bless the author.

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B.M.THAJUDEEN says

ALHAMDHULILLAH,IT IS VERRY USEFUL MESSAGE.

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Mubarak says

We say Jazakallahu Kheirah for your good work. Please do add us to any of your newsletter and other information.

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Yasmin says

masha Allah, stay blessed brother.jaza ka Allah

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Aminu Bello Sodangi says

Jazak Allahu khairan….This is an educative way of exhibiting us about the Dua.

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Altaf says

Islam, of course, the best code of living, with peace, here and hereafter.

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Saleh says

Jazak Allah kheir shk Alshareef for your good workin the path of Allah. These are no doubt eye openers and mind awakeness which prompts we muslims to be on the right track always.

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Mathieu (Islamic Business Ethics) says

Salam aleykum,
To be honest, this sentence really hurted me :
“I say unfortunately because many of those Duas became mindless and mechanical; we just say them without knowing what they mean and without putting our heart into it.”
But it’s truth.
And you really analyzed the case of Omar Radia Allahu anhu deeply, MashAllah.

The lesson I extract :
Take use of this moment in Sujuud, and meditate on the Duas of the Prophet peace be upon Him and the Sahabas on a more deeply basis, like you teached us in this small article.

Thanks so much

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yusuf says

a.a.kum. Prophet Muhammad PBUH,and his noble companions should be Muslims role models and not any other creature. Insha allah Allah make our passage in this world and hereafter the one he plseases. Wabillah taufiq.

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Abdul Haleem says

Jazakallahu Khair, Allaah may extend your insight. This lesson increase my hope on Dua and increase faith in Allah!

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AKOREDE ISMAILA A. says

ASSALAM ALAYKUM.WE VALUE YOU PRAYER AND ENLIGHTENMENT.PLEASE GIVE US ARABIC TRANSLITERATION OF THE PRAYER.JAZAKALLAHU KHAYRAN

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Abdul Roqeeb says

Jazakumllahu khayran for this motivation of mural lesson,what I learnt from this is that,we should be steadfast in all what we are doing and wherever we find ourself.

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Saleha Samad says

Dear Sir,

May Allah Bless you and all Muslims.Armeen.

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Hafusat says

May Allah be pleased with you and all your effort in trying to create and disseminate Islam scholarship and knowledge. Usually I never bother to read your email postings before now but I never delete them though. I just realized how much I have been missing, and I will surely go back and read them Allah willing. No comment, may Allah preserve your life. Amin.

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Era Ira says

Jazakallah. It refreshes the historical knowledge of our khalifah & inspirational.May Allah bless you.

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F says

BarakAllah ou feek for sharing this! What I have learned is that we all have different roles to play in the ummah. Some people are good at managing projects, others are great speakers, artists, soldiers, etc. Umar (RA) understood that, and stayed in his position of ruler until Allah swt gave him the status of a martyr. We all can contribute to Islam in a beneficial way inshaAllah. Salaam

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Shahjahan says

Jazak Allahu Khair Shaykh for sharing your such motivational articles with us. Visionaire was my first course with you. The way you highlight the power of dua really boosts the faith, Al Hamdu Lillah. I have always loved Omar RA, Al Hamdu Lillah. I humbly request you to please include the Arabic version of dua in your articles as you said that it is better to make dua in Arabic (though dua can be made in any language) in the best position, sujood.

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Amer Siddique says

I love sheikh Shareef for the sake of Allah

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hina says

Nothing is impossible in Allah’s hands.

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mahmud says

Jazakhallahu khairan, Allah bless you and all muslims

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fahadullah says

What so ever u want,ask ALLAH for it ,even though it may seem to be impossible for u. As nothing is impossible for Allah. Atleast give it a try.

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