Al-Farooq: The Life of Omar The Great is the biography of Umar (also spelled Omar) written by Islamic scholar Shibli Nomani. Umar is universally acknowledged as the first conqueror, founder and administrator of the Muslim Empire. He was known as Al-Farooq (“Distinguisher between truth and false”).
Its publication in 1939 was a significant addition to the knowledge and history of Islamic literature. By extensive study of the subject, the author Nomani collected and collated facts which were lying buried in unpublished manuscripts in great libraries of Istanbul, Beirut, Alexandria, Paris, Berlin and London. The book inspired an unparalleled enthusiasm and ran into several editions in a very short period. The book was translated in English by Maulana Zafar Ali Khan and was titled, Al Farooq: The Life of Omar The Great (Second Caliph of Islam).