Umar bin al-Khattab radiallaahu ‘anh, knew what was most worthy and most valuable, and he wanted to give the sahaabah a lesson.
So they were sitting in a room and he said, “make a wish.”
One of the Sahaabah said, “I wish that this room be filled with gold, so I can spend it in the path of Allaah.”
He [Umar] said, “Make a wish.”
Another sahaabah said that, “I wish this room would be filled with jewels and gems, so that I could spend it in the path of Allaah.”
He said, “Make a wish.”
They said, “O Amir al-Munimeen, leader of the Believers, we don’t know what to say. You want to fill this room with what.”
Umar ibn al-Khattab he said, “My wish is that Allaah azza wa jal fills this room with the likes of Abu ‘Ubaidah Amir ibn al Jarrah, radiallaahu ‘anh, [in another narration, AND Mu'adh ibn Jabal] so that I can send them in the path of Allaah.”
Umar is telling us and telling them that your human resources are more important than your financial resources, they are more important than your bricks and moor. They are more important than everything you have. It is your human resources that count.
The Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam when he passed away, he didn’t leave behind any glamorous buildings. The Masjid of Madinah was mud, its’ floor was sand, its’ roof was palm leaves such that water would drip on them when it rained. He did not pave any roads, he did not establish a financial network of business, he didn’t leave behind books.
All that the Prophet left behind was Qur’aan and he left it behind not in Mushaf, not in books but he left it behind engraved in the best generations, the Sahaabah radiallaahu ‘anhum ajma’een. That was the product that he salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam left behind. That was the effort of the da’wah of rasulAllaah salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam. He left behind the Sahaabah. Every blessing that we enjoy today is a result of that.
The deen of Allaah did not spread much in the time of the Prophet, it spread in the time of Abu Bakr and Umar. It spread in the time of khilaafah of Banu Umayyah and Banu ‘Abbas.
The Sahaabah that salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam trained in Madinah or Makkah were not many; a hundred, a hundred plus. But every one of these men you could throw them anywhere in the world and leave them. You could leave them alone and they would take care of the religion.
- Imaam and Shaheed InshaAllaah, Anwar al-Awlaqi Raheemahullaah
“Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and prostrating [in prayer], seeking bounty from Allaah and [His] pleasure. Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration. That is their description in the Torah. And their description in the Gospel is as a plant which produces its offshoots and strengthens them so they grow firm and stand upon their stalks, delighting the sowers – so that Allaah may enrage by them the disbelievers. Allaah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds among them forgiveness and a great reward.” 1
- Al-Fath 48:29 ↩