Allah Agreed with Umar [RA] (Hadith No. 395)
Narrated ‘Umar (bin Al-Khattab):
My Lord agreed with me in three things:
1. I said,”O Allah’s Apostle, I wish we took the station of Abraham as our praying place (for some of our prayers). So came the Divine Inspiration: And take you (people) the station of Abraham as a place of prayer (for some of your prayers e.g. two Rakat of Tawaf of Ka’ba)”. (2.125)
2. And as regards the (verse of) the veiling of the women, I said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! I wish you ordered your wives to cover themselves from the men because good and bad ones talk to them.’ So the verse of the veiling of the women was revealed.
3. Once the wives of the Prophet made a united front against the Prophet and I said to them, ‘It may be if he (the Prophet) divorced you, (all) that his Lord (Allah) will give him instead of you wives better than you.’ So this verse (the same as I had said) was revealed.” (66.5).
I call it Umar (RA)’s awesomeness. He would think of something and Allah (SWT) would reveal a verse about it to make it a law. How cool!
One thing. Allah (SWT) wasn’t acting upon Umar (RA)’s ideas. These verses were going to be revealed anyway (so don’t blame him for the verse of veiling of women). Letting Umar (RA) come up with the idea and confirming it with revelation was Allah’s plan. Can you think why?