There are multiple reasons why I admire, respect and look up to Umar Ibn Al Khattab (radiyallahu anhu) subhanAllah. I don’t know where you could begin from and where you can put a full-stop while reading his timeline. What an incredible human being. What a dedicated slave of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, what a prime example of an awesome Muslim who lived by his words and proved it with his actions. What an amazing role model for this ummah (after Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, of course). May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala out of His mercy, allow us to meet him in jannah. I for one have a huge list of questions to ask him inshaAllah :D
It is reported that ‘Umar b. Al-Khattâb (may Allâh be pleased with him) said:
“Whoever exposes himself to suspicion, let him blame only himself for whoever suspects him. He who covers his secret is in a position to choose to correct himself.
Assume the best about your brother until what comes to you from him overcomes you and you have to change your opinion.
There is nothing nobler than to pay back someone who disobeys Allâh in his dealings with you with the likes of obeying Allâh in your dealings with him.
Take righteous brothers as friends; acquire them in plenty, for they are a beautification in prosperity and an aid during calamity.
Do not ask about what has not yet happened until it actually happens, for what has happened is enough of an occupation to worry about what has not happened.
Let not your speech be given freely except to those who want to hear it and will value it.
Do not seek help in fulfilling a need you have except from someone who wants success for you in that endeavor.
Do not consult except people who fear Allâh, and do not accompany the sinner, lest you learn his sinfulness.And be humble at the graves.”
Narrated by: Abû Dâwûd, Kitâb Al-Zuhd #89.