When Umar Ibn al-Khattab was a polytheists he used to beat a girl because she was a Muslim. This is reported in Ibn Ishaq (704 – 768 AD):
“He passed by a slave girl of B. Mu’ammil, a clan of B. Adiy b. Ka’b who was a Muslim. Umar b. al-Khattab was punishing her to make her give up Islam. At that time he was a polytheist. He beat her until he was tired and said, ‘I have only stopped beating you because I am tired.’ Abu Bakr bought her and freed her. (Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah – The Life of Muhammad Translated by A. Guillaume, [Oxford University Press – Seventeenth Impression 2004], page 144)
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and that girl didn’t abandon her faith after all this beating… On top of that considering the fact that Umar was the one beating her points out that it must have hurt really badly….Thanks Kaleef…