Whoever hates and insults the Companions opposes Allaah The Almighty and His Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam
Fatwa No: 1372

Question

Why do the Shiites hate ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, may Allaah be pleased with him?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His Slave and Messenger.

 

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) told ‘Umar, may  Allaah be pleased with him, that whenever Satan sees him walking along a particular road, Satan runs away from it and takes another one because he fears him and the strength of his faith. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] 

In another Hadeeth (narration) on the authority of Abu Moosaa Al-'Ash‘ari,  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him when the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) sat by the door to the well of 'Arees and ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him asked permission to enter, he ordered Abu Moosaa  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him to give him permission to enter. He also brought him glad tidings that he will enter Paradise. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Therefore, because ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him was held in such high esteem by the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) anyone who hates him or shows enmity towards him will be considered to be at war with Allaah The Almighty and His Messenger. This is because he has adopted a way other than that of the believers. This is especially so since Allaah The Almighty made Islam dominant at his hands and many nations embraced Islam through him. Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {And whoever opposes the Messenger after guidance has become clear to him and follows other than the way of the believers -- We will give him what he has taken and drive him into Hell, and evil it is as a destination.} [Quran 4:115]

Nevertheless, some Shiite sects hate ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him and they even consider the Companions to be disbelievers except a few; no more than seven or nine. They harbor a special grudge against ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him out of spite and loathing for this rightly-guided Companion, because he was the person who extinguished the fire of the Magians and caused the decline of their kingdom.

Some of them even venerate Abu Lu'lu'ah Al-Majoosi, the man who murdered ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him.

Allaah Knows best.

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