O’ Amirul Muminin, Give your companion the glad tidings of a boy
Whilst ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) was patrolling one night, he passed by one of the courtyards of Madinah and saw a tent that had been there the night before. He drew closer and heard the cries of a woman in labour. He saw a man sitting there, so he went to him and greeted him with salam, and asked, “Who are you?” He said,” I am one of the people of the desert and I have come to Amirul Muminin to get a share of his bounty.” He then asked, ” What is the noise that I hear inside the tent?” He said,”May Allah have mercy on you, it is not your concern.” He said,” Never mind, tell me what it is.” He said,” A woman in labour.” He asked,” Is there anyone with her?” He said,”No.”
So, ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) went to his home and said to his wife Umm Kulthum bint ‘Ali (رضي الله عنها)
, “Do you want some reward that Allah has made easy for you?” She asked, “What is it?” He said, ” A woman who is a stranger and is in labour, and has no one with her.” She said, “Yes, if you wish.” He said,” Take with you whatever woman need for giving birth of clothes and creams, and bring me a pot and some fat and grains.” She brought those things and he said,”Lets go.”
He carried the pot and she walked behind him until they reached the tent. He said to her,” Go in to the woman.” and he went and sat with the man and said to him, “Light a fire for me.” He did that and he put the pot on fire until the food was cooked. The woman gave birth and ‘Umar’s wife said,” O Amirul Muminin, give your companion the glad tidings of a boy.” When the bedouin heard the words Amirul Muminin, it was as if he got scared and he started to go away.
‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) said to him, “Stay where you are.” He took the pot and placed it by the door and said ( to bedouin’s wife), “Let her eat her fill.” So, she did that, then she brought the pot out and placed it by the door, and ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) got up and took it and placed it infront of the man and said, “Eat, woe to you! You have stayed up all night.” And he said to his wife,” Come out.” He said to the man, “Tomorrow come to us and we will give you what you need.'”
The next day he came to him and he gave a stipend for his son, like he gave for any muslim child.
[Bidayah wan Nihayah]