From its name, you can guess what glory Abdullah has on this one. He was indeed the son of the great Caliph Umar bin Khattab ra., So often called Ibn Umar. He has faith since he was young and joined the migration to Medina with his beloved father. At that time, no one from the Meccan polytheistic community dared to stop these children and fathers from going on hijrah.
When he was 13 years old, Abdullah’s privilege was seen again. He insisted on wanting to join the Battle of Badr. His young soul felt called to fight with the Prophet. Unfortunately, Abdullah was rejected because he was not old enough. Since then he tried to add to the features that exist in him. Until A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), she even said, “There is no one who does i’tiba (following) the Messenger of Allah like Ibn Umar’s i’tiba.”
Want to know what IbnuUrnar’s i’tiba is like? Once he saw the Messenger of Allah praying somewhere, then that was done too. The Prophet had prayed while standing in a place, Ibn Umar also did the same thing. Even the Prophet had stopped his horse somewhere, then prayed two rak’ahs so when he crossed the place Abdullah bin Umar did too.
When he was a teenager, Ibhu Umar had a dream. This dream is the reason why he is so diligent at night prayers. In his dream, he got a velvet cloth. Miraculously, the velvet cloth can take it to any place in heaven. Suddenly two people approached and were about to take him to hell. Then an angel stopped while saying, “Don’t disturb him!”
Ibn Umar related his dream to his brother. Hafsah bint Umar bin Khattab, who was none other than the wife of the Prophet. Hafsah ra. also told about his brother’s dream to the Prophet. Rasullah said, “Abdullah is very fortunate, if he wants to multiply evening prayers.”
Since then, Ibn Umar was famous as a person who never left the evening prayer, even when he was on his way. That is a privilege that adds to the glory of himself before God Almighty.
Like his father, Ibn Umar was well-known as a cautious alias, both in accepting office and in conveying the hadith. if he is not sure he has heard directly from the Messenger of Allah, he does not dare to convey. Because he was afraid that he would add or subtract even a little.
Amazingly, Ibn Umar was not ashamed to say ‘I do not know’ when there were questions that he did not know the exact answer. Though he is famous for his extensive knowledge. He is also careful in making claims or deciding legal matters. For this reason Ibn Umar rejected the position of Chief Justice during the Uthman Caliphate.
Look how she is dressed. He chose to imitate his father, Umar bin Khattab ra. Simple dressing is not excessive. One day Ibn Umar had refused the gift of clothes from a friend, just because the clothes were very delicate and looked very beautiful. “Sorry I can’t accept this. I was afraid I would become arrogant if I wear clothes this good. And Allah does not like arrogant people. ”
Likewise in the case of filling the stomach. Ibn Umar had never eaten until he was full for almost 40 years. He often invited poor people to eat together at his house. At other times he will invite orphans to dine together. That is why his figure is very famous among poor people.
About this habit, Ibn Umar once advised his son when the child held a banquet for rich people. “You invite those who are satiated and you leave those who are starving. Do not like that …”
One more example is worthy of being generous and caring for the poor. As a trader, his income is very sufficient. It could even be considered excessive. The allowance from the Islamic government is also enough to make his life comfortable. But he is not the type of person who wants to get extravagant in his life. He always principled that in his property there are rights of the poor that must be issued.
One day he got an allowance from Baitul Mal of 4 000, dirhams. When he got home, he distributed all the assets he got to the needy poor. Not one bit left for themselves and their families. Even to buy food for the next day, Ibn Umar came into debt in the market.
There was one important event after the Caliph Ustman (ra) died. A group of believers asked him to become a caliph. “O Ibn Umar, you are a leader and son of a leader. We are here to pledge allegiance to you. ”
Ibn Umar refused by proposing a very heavy condition, namely that all Muslims agree with his appointment. Why are the conditions heavy? Because at that time the Islamic territory had developed very broadly, even to the European mainland.
Even so, that does not mean Ibn Umar did not care about the condition of Muslims. He continued to show courage with advice when he saw munkar. It’s just that he did not want to hurt let alone spill the blood of fellow Muslims. That’s what he avoided the most. So he once said, “Who invites me to pray, I fulfill. Who invites me to happiness, I fulfill. And whoever invites me to kill a fellow Muslim brother and seize his wealth, then I will reject it. ”
Ibn Umar was blessed with a long enough age. He underwent several caliphs. Some say that Ibn Umar lived until the Banu Ummayyah came to power. He underwent various developments in the Muslim community, from the expansion of the territory to the conflict which divided the Muslims. In 73 AH, he closed his eyes. Thus, one more generation of friends lost from the two periods of Mecca and Medina.