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Others add that the believers were no longer afraid of Abu Jahl, the 'father of ignorance' who led opposition to Muhammad and would publicly reprimand and ridicule any new convert, then order a boycott of dealings with them. Umar soon became a trusted and senior adviser of Muhammad, who married his daughter Hafsa, thus cementing their alliance.
Muhammad called Umar the separator of right (ma'ruf) from wrong (munkar).
An alternative account has Umar hearing Muhammad recite the Qur'an near the Ka'bah, which 'softened' Umar's heart so that “Islam,” he says, “entered him” (Guillaume 158).
In both accounts he immediately seeks out Muhammad and is welcomed by him.
In 625, Umar's daughter Hafsa bint Umar was married to Muhammad.
You know that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) does not love you, and had I not been (your father) he would have divorced you.” [On hearing this] she wept bitterly.
(Sahih Muslim, Book 009, Number 3507) Muhammad died in Medina in 632.
Muhammad gave thanks “so loudly that the whole household knew that Umar had become a Muslim.” After that, Umar was as determined and impetuous in defending Islam as he had been in persecuting it (Guillaume 155).
When he converted to Islam, Umar was a mature man of 30-35 years of age.
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His reputation among the Meccans was such that his conversion made a considerable impact on the struggling community of believers, and it has been claimed that with Umar's conversion, Islam recruited new strength and Muslims were now able to dare the pagans.