Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (May Allah be pleased with him)

Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) was the first free man to accept Islam after the prophet Muhammed received his first revelation in Makkah. During the life of the prophet, Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) was the closest of the companions to him.

 

Amr ibn al-Aas (May Allah be pleased with him) asked the prophet (peace be upon him):

 

‘O Messenger of Allah, which of the people is most beloved to you?’ He said: “Aishah.’ It was asked, ‘And among men?’ He said: ‘Her father.” [1]

 

Abdullah ibn Shaqeeq narrates:

 

“I said to Aishah: ‘Which of the (Prophet’s) Companions was most beloved to him?’ She said: Abu Bakr.’ I said: ‘Then which of them?’ She said: “Umar.’ I said: ‘Then which of them?’ She said: Abu ‘Ubaidah.’” [2]

 

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:

 

‘I have no need of the friendship of any khalil (close friend), but if I were to have taken anyone as a close friend, I would have taken Abu Bakr as a close friend. [3]

 

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:

 

‘No wealth ever benefitted me as did the wealth of Abu Bakr.’ When Abu Bakr heard this he began to cry and said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah am I and my wealth not for you?’[4]

 

It is reported… from Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) who said: “May the mercy of Allah be upon Abu Bakr, the foremost of men to be rewarded with the collection of the manuscripts, for he was the first to collect (the text) between (two) covers”.[5]

 

The virtues of Abu Bakr and his devotion to Islam can be seen by the following narration:

 

The prophet (peace be upon him) said

 

“Who amongst you is observing fast this day? Abu Bakr said: I am. He (the Prophet) said: Who amongst you has followed the janazah (funeral) today? Abu Bakr said: I have. He (the Prophet) again said: Who amongst you has served food to the needy? Abu Bakr said: I have. He (the Prophet) said: Who amongst you has today visited the sick? Abu Bakr said: I have. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: He must get into Paradise who combines in himself (all these noble qualities and virtues)”.[6]

 

Abu Bakr lived his life in accordance to the teachings of the prophet and this was what made him successful. We as Muslims today need to take lessons from the lives of the sahabah so we can also become successful.

 

[1] Sunan Ibn Majah

[2] Sunan Ibn Majah

[3] Sunan Ibn Majah

[4] Sunan Ibn Majah

[5] (Chapter 1. The Initial Collection of the Qur’an Text, p. 27 – citing Ibn Abi Dawud, Kitab al-Masahif)

[6] Sahih Muslim

 

 

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