The Life of Omar The Great (The Second Caliph of Islam)
By Hazrat Maulana Shibli Numani
Hardback 383 Pages
ISBN : 9789839541991
Publisher : Areeb Publications, India
About The Book
Well researched by this well known Indian Scholar and Historian who also wrote the Book on Imam Abu Hanifah, An excellent work. The Print Quality may not be up to UK Standard, however the Price more than Compensates for this.
Omar bin al-Khattab (RA), the second of the Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam, made an inconceivably large contribution not only to the geographic spread of Islam, but to the establishment of justice and intellectual freedom as well.
His reach extended as far as Persia, Egypt, and Anatolia, and he defeated towering empires such as the Sassanids and the Byzantines.
Such a rapid expansion of the Islamic world would merit acclaim in itself, but Omar (RA) did not stop there; his purpose was not to conquer lands in the name of Islam, he sincerely wanted to establish peace and justice in accordance with Allah's way. Thus, he began what would be known as the Islamic judicial system, improved the economic system, developed a calendar, and united the Muslims.
About The Author
Hazrat Maulana Shibli Nomani (1857 - 1914), also known as Shams ul Ulama was a respected scholar of Islam and Historian from Indian subcontinent during British Raj. He was born in Bindwal, Azamgarh district of present-day Uttar Pradesh. He founded the Shibli National College in 1883 and the Darul Mussanifin in Azamgarh.
He was also a poet and was fluent in Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Turkish and Urdu.
He went to Makkah for Hajj and there he devoted his time to furthering his studies in Islamic theology, history, philosophy and Sufism from different scholars in Arabia.
On his return from Makkah he met Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who had just established Aligarh Muslim University. Allamah Nomani was offered and joined a teaching position at the university in 1882.
He left Aligarh after the death of Sir Syed Ahmed in 1898.
He was Greatly inspired by the progress of science and education in the West. He wanted to inspire the Muslims to make similar progress by having recourse to their lost heritage and culture, and warned them against getting lost in Western culture.
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