35 Quotes by Umar Ibn Al-Khattab

35 Quotes by Umar Ibn Al-Khattab

image of quotes by umar postBefore I write some quotes by Umar (ra) I’d like to quickly give some information about the great man! I’ll keep it brief as I’ve written a bit more in the Umar Series post.

Umar ibn Al-Khattab was from the Quraysh of Makkah, he was a very powerful and astute man even before he became muslim! He was very blunt in his words and stood firmly for what he believed in.

After he became a Muslim he was one the closest companions of the Prophet (saw). Hadhrat Umar Ibn Al-Khattab had many sayings and all of which can be appropriate to anyone at anytime.

Quotes by Umar (ra) are very powerful as he was the foremost in matter of knowledge and learning among his contemporaries. Umar also written as Omar was the second Caliph of Islam and what a great Amir he was (ra).

There are many distinctions of Umar bin Al-Khattab, He was the first Muslim ruler (Caliph) to be known by the title of Amir ul Mumineen. Please check the post on the distinctions of Umar bin Al-Khattab (ra) here.

The Quotes by Umar (ra) below are varied in subjects and I really hope these quotes of the great man enable us to become more enlightened in our thinking and actions.

Quotes by Umar (ra)

Here are the various sayings attributed to Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (ra) which have been gathered from various sources in the biography of Hadhrat Umar Farooque (ra) by Prof. Masud ul Hasan.

  1. “He who keeps his own counsel keeps his affairs in his own hands.”
  2. “Fear him, whom you hate.”
  3. “The wisest man is he who can account for his actions.”
  4. “Do not put off today’s work for tomorrow.”
  5. “Money cannot help lifting its head.”
  6. “What regresses, never progresses.”
  7. “He who does now know evil will fall into it.”
  8. “When a man puts me a question, I judge of his intelligence.”
  9. “Don’t forget your own self while preaching to others.”
  10. “The less of the World, the freer you live.”
  11. “Avoidance of sin is lighter than the pain of remorse.”
  12. “On every dishonest man, there are two watchmen, his possessions, and his way of living.”
  13. “If patience and gratitude had been she camels, it would have mattered little on which I rode.”
  14. “May Allah have mercy on him who sends me my faults as a present.”
  15. “Preserve the sayings of those people who are indifferent to the world. They say only that what Allah wishes them to say.”
  16. “Fear Allah, for He alone lives; all other things are liable to perish.”
  17. “The wisest among you is he whose sustenance is the fear of Allah.”
  18. “Praise Allah, for by praise His blessings multiply.”
  19. “Fear Allah, for that is fortune; indifference to Allah is misfortune.”
  20. “Be patient; patience is a pillar of faith.”

More Quotes by Umar bin Al-Khattab

  1. “Acquire knowledge and teach it to people.”
  2. “Be dignified, honest and truthful.”
  3. “Do not be an arrogant scholar, for scholarship cannot subsist with arrogance.”
  4. “When you see that any scholar loves the world, then his scholarship is in doubt.”
  5. “God forbid, men should be jealous of knowledge as they are jealous of women.”
  6. “May Allah bless the man who says less and does more.”
  7. “The criterion of action is that todays work should not be deferred till the following day.”
  8. “Trust is that there should be no difference between what you do and say and what you think.”
  9. “Learn the Arabic language; it will sharpen your wisdom.”
  10. “Luxury is an obstacle, and so is the fatness of the body.”
  11. “A man may be as straight as an arrow, but even then he will have some critics.”
  12. “O Allah do not give me in excess lest I may be disobedient.”
  13. “Allah loves moderation and hates extravagance and excess.”
  14. “He who went to the kings to seek favours went away from Allah.”
  15. “Sit with those who love Allah, for that enlightens the mind.”

Hopefully these 35 Quotes by Umar (ra) will have a positive affect in your life somehow and it will make you more God conscious as the sahabas were the real stars, you could follow any one of them and you would be guided.
What now? Buy the Book: Hadrat Umar Farooq: His Life and Works
Please let me know your thoughts about the Quotes by Umar (ra) I would be happy to reply.

Quotes by Umar part two coming soon.

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  1. rauf usman 26/01/2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply


    • Abu Zainab 28/01/2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Wa alaykum salam, as mentioned above this is sourced from the biography of Umar Farooque by Prof. Masud ul-Hasan.

      • Meesum 07/06/2016 at 5:50 am - Reply

        Assalamualaikum, sir i had a question regarding the quotes of Umar Bin Khatab, he said a few quotes to his son for usama (usman) bin zaid, regarding a war situation
        This is for a project i am doing at my school, and wanted some help regarding this. Hope it will not bother you,
        Ramadan Kareem

    • Mohammed محمد 05/08/2016 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      ASLMALYKM# i’m glad to be a Muslim Alhamdulilah umar ibn alkhatab (ra) was a talented caliphate of Islam at that time and his proverbs are helps us until now in our daily life. When i think some times about Islam i says that for me was better if i was born Christian or another Religion to convert to Islam!!!! Alhamdulilah Ala niemet alislam

  2. sherazaliraj 13/02/2013 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu!
    good effort brother May Allah help you in this world and here after for free Islamic books visit my blog ISLAMIC BOOKS HUB

  3. nudrat 03/04/2013 at 4:02 am - Reply

    assalam alaikum, jazakallahukhairan, kindly write on daily islamic routine with duas, from waking up till tahajjud, benefits, prayers and duas, in simple manner so easy to follow

  4. rifqi fadhil 20/05/2013 at 7:50 am - Reply


  5. asmi 05/06/2013 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Assalamualaikum wa rehmatullahi barakatahu….subhanallah…practice on this thoughts is enough to make ur duniya n akhirat beautiful …..

  6. maher 17/06/2013 at 10:56 am - Reply

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  7. riaz ahmad 21/03/2014 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Assalamualaikum,a very blessing effort brother. I assume all of you might have seen Omar (ra) series by now? If not its available on youtube and there are 30 episodes….

  8. Suraj 26/03/2014 at 8:24 am - Reply

    jazakallah khairan

  9. Ebrahim Jina 30/08/2014 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    As salaam wa alaykum .
    Please could someone confirm if Umar RA said the following:

    My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me and that what misses me was never meant for me.

    I have always believed this to be a saying of Umar RA but recently have seen this quote credited to someone else.And would like to be sure.

    Jazakallah Khairan

    • Maujid 19/03/2015 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Sure my brother it is one of many pearls of Sayyidna Umar (R.A) Bin Al-Khattab.

  10. mohammed Ayub 13/10/2014 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Subhaan Allah
    Mohammed Ayub

  11. Rola Muhammad 28/10/2014 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Alsalamu Alaykom,

    Does anyone know the original Arabic quote for:
    “What regresses, never progresses.”
    Or at least further explanation of its meaning.

    Jazakom Allah Khayran

  12. Alizehiii Liza 15/01/2015 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Jazakallah may Allah reward you in your after life and give you a house in heaven

  13. HAseeb 19/10/2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I always seeking for best quotes of life.. I found best of Hazrat UMAR RA.

  14. Dr RazaHaider 04/11/2015 at 4:35 am - Reply

    All most All quotes being tagged in the name of 2nd caliph here are actually versatile quotes of Imam Ali A.s and none of the above quotes has any tagging neither refernce to the subject caliph

    • Islam 20/07/2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      You are wrong. The reference is given as a book: Hadrat Umar Farooq: His Life and Works. And, these are not Hazrat Ali R.A.’s quotes although Hazrat Ali R.A.’s can also be found with reference with a little search. How can you just say these are from Hazrat Ali R.A’s sayings WITHOUT given your side of reference(s)? The quotes remain to the perspective speaker.

  15. Mohamed 23/11/2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

    JezakAllahu khairan for listing such wonderful quotes.

  16. Muhammad Ahmad Bilal 23/07/2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    “If patience and gratitude had been she camels, it would have mattered little on which I rode.”
    could some one elaborate it please

    • Omer 08/08/2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Asalam u Alaikum brother,

      What I understood out of it is, patience or gratitude if you have practice either of the two qualities they would led you to the same goal.

  17. Omer 08/08/2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Asalam u Alaikum brother,

    What I understood out of it is, if you practice either of the two qualities they would lead you to the same goal.

  18. Mahbub 27/08/2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Nice words , jazakAllahkhair??

  19. Aiman 08/01/2017 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Can anyone please explain this one
    Fear him whom you hate???

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