How did Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه accept Islam?

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خرج الحافظ أبو الحسن الأطرابلسي عن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت: خرج أبو بكر يريد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ وكان له صديقاً في الجاهلية ــــ فلقيه فقال: يا أبا القاسم، فُقدْتَ من مجالس قومك واتَّهموك بالعيب لآبائها وأُمهاتها، فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم «إني رسول الله أدعوك إلى الله»، فلما فرغ من كلامه أسلم أبو بكر، فانطلق عنه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وما بين الأخشَبَيْن أحد أكثر سروراً منه بإسلام أبي بكر؛ مضى أبو بكر فراح لعثمان بن عفان وطلحة بن عبيد الله والزبير بن العوام وسعد بن أبي وقاص فأسلموا، ثم جاء الغد بعثمان بن مظعون وأبي عبيدة بن الجراح وعبد الرحمن بن عوف وأبي سَلَمة بن عبد الأسد والأرقم بن أبي الأرقم، فأسلموا رضي الله عنهم، كذا في البداية

‘Aisha رضي الله عنها narrated that: “Once Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه came out to search for Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم . Both were friends from pre islamic days. On finding him, Abu Bakr said,”O Abul Qasim (صلى الله عليه وسلم )! I do not find you in the meeting of the nations (ie tribes); and people accuse you of cursing their forefathers.” He replied, “I am the messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) and I invite you towards Allah.” As soon as he finished his talk, Abu Bakr embraced Islam. The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) became very pleased with Abu Bakr’s Islam as no one among those living between the two hills of Mecca was pleased. Then Abu Bakr went to ‘Uthman Ibn Affan, Talha Ibn ‘Ubaidullah, Zubair Ibn al Awwam and S’ad Ibn Abi waqqas (رضي الله عنهم ) and invited them towards goodness (ie Islam). They also embraced Islam. The next day, he went to ‘Uthman Ibn Maz’un, Abu ‘Ubaidah Ibn Al Jarrah, Abdur Rahman Ibn ‘Auf, Abu Salamah Ibn “Abdul Asad and Arqam Ibn Abul Arqam (رضي الله عنهم ). They also embraced Islam.

Al Bidaya vol3 pg 29

http://hayatussahaaba.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/how-did-abu-bakr-%D8%B1%D8%B6%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%B9%D9%86%D9%87-accept-islam/

 

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I once saw Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه

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وعن قيس بن أبي حازم قال رأيت أبا بكر آخذا بطرف لسانه وهو يقول هذا الذي أوردني الموارد

Qais ibn Abi Hazim said:

“I once saw Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه holding on to the edge of his tongue, and all the while he was saying,

“This is what has placed me in so many difficult situations.”

Sifatus-Safwah

….but because of something that firmly took root in his heart…

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عن أبي بكر بن عياش رضي الله عنه

ما سبقهم أبوبكر بكثرة صلاة ولا صيام، ولكن بشيء وقر في صدره

Abu Bakr ibn ‘Iyaash (رضي الله عنه) said:

“Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) was not better than them because of his many prayers, or because of his fasting, but because of something that firmly took root in his heart.”

Fadaail As-Sahabah, Imam Ahmad

I believe this, and Abu Bakr and Umar too..

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Once Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه) offered the morning prayer and then faced the people and said:

“While a man was driving a cow, he rode over it and beat it. The cow said: “We have not been created for this, but we have been created to plough.” On that the people said astonishingly: “Glorified be Allah! A cow speaks!” The Prophet (صلى الله عليه) said: “I believe this, and Abu Bakr and Umar too, believe it, although neither of them was present there.”

The Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) added: “While a person was amongst his sheep, a wolf, attacked and took one of the sheep. The man chased the wolf till he rescued it (sheep) from the wolf, whereupon the wolf said: “You have rescued it (the sheep) from me; but who will guard it on the day of the wild beasts when there will be no shepherd to guard them except me?” The people said surprisingly, “Glorified be Allah! A wolf speaks!” The Prophet (صلى الله عليه) said: “But I believe this, Abu Bakr and Umar too, believe this. Although neither of them was present there.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari]

Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه is our chief

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كان عمر يقول : أبو بكر سيدنا ، وأعتق سيدنا . يعني بلالا

Umar رضي الله عنه would say: “Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه is our chief, and he has freed our chief
(i.e. Bilal رضي الله عنه)

sahih bukhari

By Allah, on no day or evening of my life have I ever aspired to become a ruler

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In one particular sermon, Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه said:

“By Allah, on no day or evening of my life have I ever aspired to become a ruler (over a group of people). I never desired any such position , and I never invoked Allah, either out in the open or secretly, to make me a leader (over a group of people). I accepted your appointment only because I feared the onset of strife and discord (had you continued to disagree with one another over who should be appointed to the caliphate). As a leader, I know neither peace nor comfort, for I have been charged with a tremendous duty, which I will never be able to fulfill unless Allah, the Possessor of Might and Majesty, strengthens me. And I would love it if the strongest of people (i.e. ‘Umar or Abu ‘Ubaidah) were to take my place.”

Al-Mustadrak

Declared authentic by Al-Haakim and Adh-Dhahabi

If you do not find me, then go to Abu Bakr..

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Jaabir ibn Mut’im (رضي الله عنه) said, “Once, when a woman went to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه), he (صلى الله عليه) ordered her to come back to him at a later time. She (رضي الله عنها) said, “Suppose that I come and do not find you.” It was as if she was hinting to Prophet’s death. He (صلى الله عليه) replied:

إن لم تجديني فأتي أبا بكر

“If you do not find me, then go to Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه)”

Bukhari

Ibn Hajar said: “This hadeeth refutes the Shi’ites, who claim that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه) apponted ‘Ali and ibn ‘Abbas (رضي الله عنهما) to rule over the Muslim nation after his death.”

Fathul Bari

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