Leadership Lesson from Story of Umar (R) and the Roman ambassador

Islamic Desk
6 August 2019, Tue
Published: 09:52

Leadership Lesson from Story of Umar (R) and the Roman ambassador

When the power of Vote is in our hands , we sometimes feel that there is no good choice.Current time the Ummah needs to produce leader with leadership qualities  like that of Rasul Allah Sallalahu alaihi wassalam and the Sahabas .

Let us read the Islamic Story-

Once the ambasador of the Emperor of Rome came to Madina with many gifts. Arriving at Madina, he enquired from the people the whereabouts of the palace of the King of Madina. The people replied: “Our King has no palace. However, our leader, the leader of the believers has a mansion– his respected self which has a special contact with Allah and which has become enlightened through the splendour of His nearness. Thus this has made him independent of the need for royal palaces.”

They further informed him: “You will find the leader of the believers, Hazrat Umar (R) in the graveyard of Madina”. The Roman Ambassador then went to the graveyard and there saw Hazrat Umar lying down, having taken off his shirt with a sheet covering the lower part of his body. He was lying down fast asleep on the ground with no throne or crown on his head. Neither were there any soldiers nor any bodyguards. But as the ambassador looked at his face, he began shaking with fear. Within himself he said:

“I have seen many great Kings in this life And have been the companion and confidant of many Rulers. Never have I any fear for any King. But the awe and fear I feel for this one Dressed in such tattered clothing is causing my senses to depart.

This person without any weapons and without any forces sleeping   here alone on this ground. What is it that causes my whole body to shake and tremble in awe of him? Even if I had seven bodies, they would not bear it and all would tremble. ”

Then the envoy said to himself: “This awe and fear that I feel is not for this one who is dressed in tattered clothes. In fact, this is fear of Allah for this tattered clothed one has a heart that is blessed with Allah’s contact and nearness.”

Thus this envoy, through the blessings of Hazrat Umar’ s  company and grace converted to Islam.