Umar Ibn Al-Khattab's Quotes On Success, Love & Leadership

Umar Ibn Al-Khattab quotes
In this post, I will introduce you to the quotes of a man who championed in every realms of his life.

Whether in leadership or as a pious believer, he left his footprint for us to follow. The man is none other than Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (r.a). 

People call him by the title of Al-Farooq, the one who distinguishes between the truth and falsehood. And so his quotes! 

Here, I will list out the quotes of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab in English. But know that all his sayings are originally documented in Arabic. 

Before proceeding to the section his inspirational quotes, why not have a glimpse of the life of such a leader? 

About Umar Ibn Al-Khattab:

Hazrat Umar Bin Khattab was one of the most influential and powerful leaders who succeeded Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.) as the second Caliphate Rashidun. 

Under his leadership, the Islamic kingdom undoubtedly spread to a much larger portion of the world.

He was a well-spoken, just, strong and pious in character. Disbelievers used to fear him. It is the same Umar about whom Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was quoted as saying:
If there were to be a Prophet after me, it would be Umar ibn al-Khattab.

The above quote of Prophet Muhammad is enough to have an idea of the stature of Umar Bin Khattab r.a.

40 Inspirational Quotes Of Umar Bin Khattab.

I have choosen 40 of his famous quotes to list here. Let’s see those!

Quotes of Umar Ibn al-Khattab on success. 

According to Umar Bin Khattab, success is the product of your hard work and your attitude towards the people around you.

1. "What is destined will reach you, even if it be underneath two mountains. What is not destined, will not reach you, even if it be between your two lips." (Umar ibn al-Khattab r.a.)

Umar ibn al-Khattab quotes in English
2. "He who wins through fraud is no winner.” (Umar ibn Al-Khattab)

3. "Stick the truth even if the truth kills you." (Hazrat Umar Bin Khattab)

4. "Doing good for a good done to you is simply repayment, whereas doing good for an evil done to you is a tremendous virtue." (Umar ibn al-Khattab R.A.)

5. "The less of the World, the freer you live." (Umar ibn al-Khattab R.A.)

6. "I have never regretted my silence. As for my speech, I have regretted it over and over again." (Hazrat Umar Farooq R.A.)

7. "One who guards his secrecy is surely safe" (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

8. "He is an intelligent person who can translate his actions into good." (Umar ibn al-Khattab R.A.)

9. "Sometimes the people with the worst past, create the best future." (Umar Bin Khattab)
Umar ibn al-Khattab about success

10. "Money cannot help lifting its head" (Umar ibn al-Khattab R.A.)

11. "Avoidance of sin is lighter than the pain of remorse." (Umar Farooq R.A.

Emphasis on education. 

The fact that the first verse of the Quran that revealed to Prophet Muhammad PBUH was the instruction of seeking knowledge holds much importance on education.

Let’s see some quotes of Umar Bin Khattab about it.

12. "Acquire knowledge, learn tranquillity and dignity." (Umar ibn al-Khattab r.a.)
Inspirational quotes of Umar Bin Khattab

13. "Do not be fooled by the one who recites the Quran. His recitation is but speech, but look to those who act according to it." (Umar Farooq r.a.)

14. "When a man puts me a question, I judge his intelligence." (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

15. "When you see that any scholar loves the world, then his scholarship is in doubt." (Umar Farooq r.a.)

16. "Stick the truth even if the truth kills you." (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

17.  "Sit with those who love Allah, for that enlightens the mind." (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

Sayings on friendship.

No doubt human needs company. So you! Look for these qualities as quoted by Umar Ibn al-Khattab in your friends.

If you don’t find any, it’s better to be alone than living in the companies of fake people. Here are those qualities:

18. "Sit with those who constantly repent, for they have the softest hearts." (Hazrat Umar Farooq r.a.)

19. "The person most beloved for me is the one who points out my flaws to me." (Hazrat Umar ibn al-Khattab r.a.)

20. "May Allah have mercy on him who sends me my faults as a present." (Hazrat Umar bin Khattab r.a.)

21. "If you see that one of you has slipped, correct him, pray for him and do not help Shaytaan against him (by insulting him)."  (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

22. "I have seen all type of friends but I never found a friend better than safeguarding the tongue." (Hazrat Umar r.a.)

23. "To be alone means you avoid bad company. But to have a true friend is better than being alone." (Hazrat Umar Bin Khattab)

Umar ibn al-Khattab quotes about love. 

Love? The best is that which connects a husband with his wife. Hazrat Umar also cautioned us to not let it an object of our destruction. Alas! Many have.

Here are some inspirational quotes of Umar Bin Khattab r.a. about love:

25. "Must every house be built upon love? What about loyalty and appreciation?" (Umar ibn al-Khattab r.a.)

26. "Don't let your love become an obsession, nor your hate become destruction." (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

27. "The women not a garment you wear and undress however you like. They are honoured and have their rights." (Umar ibn al-Khattab r.a.)

28. "A man should be like a child with his wife, but if she needs him, he should act like a man." (Hazrat Umar Farooq r.a.)

29. "After Iman, there is no greater gift than a pious wife" (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

30. "When your spouse is angry, you should be calm. When one is fire, the other should be water." (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

Hazrat Umar Farooq about faith.

Quotes of Umar bin Khattab on anger
31. "I fear of the day when the disbelievers are proud of their falsehood and Muslims are shy of their faith" (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

32. "Invite people to Islam even without words.” They asked, “how?" He replied, “with your manners.”
(Hazrat Umar ibn al-Khattab)

33. "Hold on to your salah, because if you lose that, you will lose everything."
(Ameerul Mu’mineen Umar ibn al-Khattab R.A.)

34. "You won't find the believer to be a liar."  (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

35. "Nothing is worse than avarice that destroys the mind, even alcohol." (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

36. "Patience is the healthiest ingredient of our life." (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

37. "Do not trust the character of one who cannot control his temper." (Umar ibn al-Khattab R.A.)

38. "To laugh excessively is a sign of no remorse for death." (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

39. "In the performance of your duties, neither be overzealous nor indifferent. (Umar ibn al-Khattab R.A.)

40. "Luxury doesn't last forever." (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

41. Anger is spiritual food for a believer.
Hazrat Umar r.a. said, "I did not sip anything sweeter than anger."

Umar Bin Khattab quotes about leadership.

From establishing the first-ever public treasury to making the most progressive pacts of the time, Umar ibn Al-Khattab was the most powerful and just ruler, the history has ever witnessed.

I would discuss the achievements, contributions and leadership qualities of Hazrat Umar Farooq in another post in detail.

But to just have a glimpse of his leadership, I would share a few selected quotes, Umar ibn al-Khattab made as a leader.

Umar ibn al-Khattab quotes in Urdu
42. The above quote of Umar ibn al-Khattab r.a. in Urdu reads:
"The state which shows mercy to criminals, the innocent people of that state suffers inhumanely death."

43. He would say, "If I sleep at day then my individual hurt and if I sleep in the dark, then my soul suffered.”

From this, it is quite clear that Hazrat Umar r.a. devoted his maximum time caring for his people out of his sense of responsibility as a ruler.

44. Regarding the advice of advisory body, once he remarked:

“The opinion of one is just like the textile woven of one thread; the opinion of two like the textile product of twisted thread and therefore the opinion of three (or more) is like a sort of a piece of fabric woven of yarn threads along which will hardly be torn into pieces"

45. When Hazrat Umar Farooq was appointed as the second caliphate, he was quoted as saying to his people:

"Oh people, know that I have been appointed to govern your affairs, so recognise that my roughness is now weakened, but I will continue to be rough and harsh on the people of oppression and transgression and will put their cheeks into the dirt. Know also that I will put my own cheek into the dirt to defend the people of piety."


46. When Umar Ibn al-Khattab conquered Jerusalem, he signed a treaty with his counterparts which quotes:

"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. This is the assurance of safety which the servant of God, Umar, the Commander of the Faithful, has given to the people of Jerusalem. "

What was the assurance? Look into this.

"He has given them an assurance of safety for themselves for their property, their churches, their crosses, the sick and healthy of the city and for all the rituals which belong to their religion. Their churches will not be inhabited by Muslims and will not be destroyed. Neither they, nor the land on which they stand, nor their cross, nor their property will be damaged. They will not be forcibly converted. No Jew will live with them in Jerusalem."

That's all the English translation of 45 famous quotes of Umar ibn al-Khattab (r.a.).

May all of us get inspired by his quotes and advice.
 Preserve the sayings of those people who are indifferent to the world. They only say that what Allah wishes them to say.

- Umar ibn al-Khattab R.A.

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