BLESS ME TO DIE IN MADINA
One of Umar’s dua, radi Allah ‘anhu’, was that Allah grants him shahadah (a status with Allah normally associated to Muslims killed in battle) and, at the same time, that he die in the city of Madinah.
“O Allah, grant me shahadah in Your path, and allow my death to be in the city of Your Messenger.”
The problem was that there were no battles happening in Madinah — combatants were not fighting in Madinah. The preceding was the argument Umar’s son Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with them both, used to bring up to his father: how can you have both? Nonetheless, even though it seemingly didn’t compute, Umar still always made this Dua.
Indeed, he was killed in Fajr prayer leading the Muslims in the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah. Allah accepted his Dua!
In his leadership, we see the importance of focus. How? See, Umar wanted to join the Muslim fighters out on the battlefields, but Umar didn’t leave his administration post in Madinah. He knew that’s where the Ummah most needed him. He poured his energy into his administration position and did it with excellence.
Another profound lesson that I love about his Dua here is that he asked for two seemingly contradictory things. But he didn’t convince himself that it couldn’t be done — he knew that anything was possible in the Hands of Allah.