Abu Bakr (ra) and his love for the Prophet

Ramadan mubarak! Below is my first article in this Pious month of Ramadan.  Do pray for me that Allah give me wisdom, knowledge and guidance.  In the above video of  about 11 mins Imam Omer Suleiman very beautifully tells us about Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). Imam’s lectures and superstar series initiative inspired me to start this blog.  

 

Abu-Bakr As-Siddiq

Inspiring Characteristics: Merciful, Truthfulness, Generosity, Service, Love for the Prophet

Highlights

  • He was popularly known as As-Siddiq (The Truthful)
  • His conversion brought many people to Islam.
  • He persuaded his intimate friends to convert to Islam. and presented Islam to others in such a way that many of his friends accepted Islam.

              Those who converted to Islam at the insistence of Abu Bakr were:

  1. Uthman Ibn Affan (who would became the 3rd Caliph)
  2. Al-Zubayr (played a part in the Muslim conquest of Egypt)
  3. Talha Ibn Ubayd-Allah
  4. Abdur Rahman bin Awf (who would remain an important part of the Rashidun Caliphate)
  5. Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas (played a part in the Islamic conquest of Persia)
  6. Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (who remained commander in chief of the Rashidun army in Syria )
  7. Abu Salama (Abdullah bin Abdul Asad)
  8. Khalid ibn Sa`id
  9. Abu Hudhaifah ibn al-Mughirah
  • Accompanied the Prophet during the journey of Hijrah to Madina
  • Severed the Prophet (saw) in many campaigns Battle of Badr, Battle of Uhud, Battle of the Trench (khandaq), The Invasion of Banu Qurayza, Battle of Khaybar, the Conquest of Mecca, the Battle of Hunayn, the Siege of Ta’if, and the Battle of Tabuk
  • 1st free man to accept Islam
  • Compassion for slavesAbu Bakr felt compassion for slaves, so he purchased eight slaves (four men and four women) and then freed them, paying 40,000 dinar for their freedom

The following verses of the Qur’an were revealed due to this:

He who gives in charity and fears Allah And in all sincerity testifies to the Truth; We shall indeed make smooth for him  the path of Bliss {92:5–7}.

Those who spend their wealth for increase in self- purification; And have in their minds no favor from anyone  For which a reward is expected in return, But only the desire to seek the Countenance, Of the Lord, Most High; And soon they shall attain complete satisfaction {92:8–21}.

  • 1st Khalifah of Islam:  Abu Bakr’s (ra) Caliphate lasted for a little over two years (or 27 months), ending with his death after an illness. Though the period of his caliphate was not long, it included successful invasions of the two most powerful empires of the time, a remarkable achievement in its own right. He set in motion a historical trajectory that in few decades would lead to one of the largest empires in history.
  • DeathOn Monday 23 August 634 Abu Bakr died. The funeral prayer was led by Umar. He was buried the same night by the side of Muhammad’s grave in Aisha’s house near Al-Masjid al-Nabawi.
  • Before his death he said to his daughter Hazrat ‘A’isha (RA), “Do not use new cloth for my shroud. Wash the sheet in my use and wrap my corpse in it”. His wish was acted upon. His next wish was to pay all the money he got as salary for Caliph from “Baitul Mal” (The Public Treasury) after selling his garden. He said, I did not like to take anything from the “Baitul Mal but Umar (RA) pressed me to accept some allowance so that I would be relieved of my occupation and devote my full time to the duties of the Khilafat (Caliphate). I was left no choice but to accept the offer”. After his death ‘A’isha asked Hadrat Umar (RA) to take over that garden as desired by her father. Umar (RA) remarked: “May Allah bless him. He left no chance for anybody to open his lips against him”.

 

Some Hadith on Abu Bakr (ra)

There are many ahadith that mention the virtues and special position of Abu Bakr:

Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 455: Narrated by Abu Said Al-Khudri
The Prophet delivered a sermon and said, “Allah gave a choice to one of (His) slaves either to choose this world or what is with Him in the Hereafter. He chose the latter.” Abu Bakr wept. I said lo myself, “Why is this Sheikh weeping, if Allah gave choice to one (of His) slaves either to choose this world or what is with Him in the Hereafter and he chose the latter?” And that slave was Allah’s Apostle himself. Abu Bakr knew more than us. The Prophet said, “O Abu Bakr! Don’t weep. The Prophet added: Abu- Bakr has favored me much with his property and company. If I were to take a Khalil from mankind I would certainly have taken Abu Bakr but the Islamic brotherhood and friendship is sufficient. Close all the gates in the mosque except that of Abu Bakr.

Sahi Bukhari – Volume 5, Book 57, Number 19: Narrated ‘Aisha (the wife of the Prophet)

Allah’s Apostle died while Abu Bakr was at a place called As-Sunnah (Al-‘Aliya) ‘Umar stood up and said, “By Allah! Allah’s Apostle is not dead!” ‘Umar (later on) said, “By Allah! Nothing occurred to my mind except that.” He said, “Verily! Allah will resurrect him and he will cut the hands and legs of some men.” Then Abu Bakr came and uncovered the face of Allah’s Apostle, kissed him and said, “Let my mother and father be sacrificed for you, (O Allah’s Apostle), you are good in life and in death. By Allah in Whose Hands my life is, Allah will never make you taste death twice.” Then he went out and said, “O oath-taker! Don’t be hasty.” When Abu Bakr spoke, ‘Umar sat down. Abu Bakr praised and glorified Allah and said, No doubt! Whoever worshipped Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever worshipped Allah, then Allah is Alive and shall never die.” Then he recited Allah’s Statement.:– “(O Muhammad) Verily you will die, and they also will die.” (39.30) He also recited:–
“Muhammad is no more than an Apostle; and indeed many Apostles have passed away, before him, If he dies Or is killed, will you then Turn back on your heels? And he who turns back On his heels, not the least Harm will he do to Allah And Allah will give reward to those Who are grateful.” (3.144)

Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 733, narrated by ‘Aa’ishah, ibn ‘Abbaas and az-Zuhr

Umar said, “By Allah, when I heard Abu Bakr reciting it, my legs could not support me and I fell down at the very moment of hearing him reciting it, declaring that Muhammad had passed away.

Narrated from various hadith:

The Holy Prophet  said:

“Allah will show His glory to the people in a general way, but He will show it to Abu Bakr in a special way.”

“Never has the sun risen or set on a person, other than a prophet, greater than Abu Bakr.”

“Never was anything revealed to me that I did not pour into the heart of Abu Bakr.”

“There is no one to whom I am obligated and have not repaid my debt except Abu Bakr, for I owe him much for which Allah will compensate him on the Day of Judgment.”

“If I were to take an intimate friend (khalil) other than my Lord, I would have chosen Abu Bakr.”

“Abu Bakr does not precede you because of much prayer or fasting, but because of a secret that is in his heart.”

What we learn from this Great Shahaba (radhiallahu anhu):

He was an inspiration as a person who was forefront to sacrifice anything for Allah and his messenger.  He was the best friend and one of the most beloved companions of the Prophet (saw).   He loved the prophet so much that on hearing that Muhammad(saw) declared prophethood he went to the prophet (saw) and took shahada straight away such was his faith and Iman.  

He was compassionate, merciful and truthful (as-siddiq).   After the prophet’s (saw) death he was appointed the khalifa and took Islam to new heights & glory through his wisdom, knowledge,  love for Allah and his messenger. 

What inspires me from the life of this great Sahaba is indeed his love for the prophet (saw), his Iman, his taqwa and his service to Islam.  

May Allah guide us all to the straight path and give us hidaya to follow the sunnah of Prophet (saw) and draw inspiration from such Sahaba’s who were rich in Iman which indeed makes them the Superstar of Islam.

Some good links where you can read more regarding this great sahaba:

http://drnaumanshad.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/hazrat-abu-bakr-siddiq-ra/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Bakr

http://www.naqshbandi.org/chain/2.htm

http://the-art-of-protest.tumblr.com/post/35247946909/ali-ibn-abi-talibs-speech-when-abu-bakr-r-passed-away

http://www.hadithoftheday.com/did-you-know/abu-bakr/

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4 responses to “Abu Bakr (ra) and his love for the Prophet

  1. I am realy impressed with your compilation. May Allah grant you more wisdom to understand the secrifice of khlfae rashedeen and ahle bait.
    I pray to allah to to give all of us the real love of Muhammad s a v. I appriciate &

  2. Very impressive blog. Many facts were not known to me. Pl continue your effort. Allah give you ajar. Both me & Ammi read .

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