‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, questioning the angels in the grave
Fatwa No: 37180

Question

A friend of mine told me that ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, may Allaah be pleased with him, will be the one who asks the two angels in his grave about their God and religion, instead of their asking him. How true is this?

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.

We do not know any authentic reference to this claim, although the Commander of the Believers, ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him has an exalted and honorable status in Islam. ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him was the minister of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, during his lifetime, the second Muslim Caliph after his death and one of the ten Companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them who were given the glad tidings of entering Paradise. There are many other virtues of ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him but this should not be a pretext for us to exaggerate his position and attribute to the Sharee‘ah (Islamic legislation) what is not part of it. Moreover, matters pertaining to the Unseen cannot be taken except from revelation.

Allaah Knows best.

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