design creamWhen ‘Umar bin al-Khattab radhiyallaahu `anhu was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating,

“O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”

‘Umar radhiyallaahu `anhu asked him, “Where did you get this du`a from?” And the man said, “Allah in His Book said:

‘And few of My servants are grateful.’ [Qur’an 34:13]

‘Umar radhiyallaahu `anhu wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O ‘Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”

ابن أبي شيبة في مصنفه  Ibn Abi Shayba’s Musannaf   332/10 (Narrated by the Tabiee Ibrahim Taimi)

Compilation of other such verses which mention a “few” HERE

 

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