Is this statement authentically attributed to Umar?
عن الحسن أن عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه رأى رجلا عظيم البطن فقال: ما هذا؟ قال: بركة من الله قال: بل عذاب
Hasan (rahimahullah) reported: ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiyallahu ‘anhu) saw a man with a large belly and asked, ‘What is this?’ The man said, ‘It is a blessing from Allah.’ ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, ‘No, rather it is a punishment.’
This narration is recorded in a Hadith Juz’; Hadithu Muhammad ibn ‘Abdillah Al Ansari, (Demise: 215 A.H).
(Hadithu Muhammad ibn ‘Abdillah Al Ansari: 42)
The narration is suitable to quote.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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