The statement that ‘Umar will question the two angels in the grave is false
Fatwa No: 91745

  • Fatwa Date:1-4-2006 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 3, 1427
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Question

One of my friends told me something which I want to make sure of. He said that it is ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, who will question the two angels in the grave: Who is your Lord? What is your religion?..., instead of them asking 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 is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

 

We do not know of any narration which suggests that this statement is true. The leader of the believers, 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him was a man of great excellence and of very high status in Islam. When the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was alive, he was his minister, and was the second caliph after his death. He was one of the ten companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them who were given glad tidings to enter Paradise. He had many other excellent qualities  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him. However, this does not mean that we will exceed the limits and exaggerate in his regard, and say what is not legislated. Moreover, the news of the unseen could only be known by revelation. 

Allaah Knows best.

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