THE BEST GENERATION: ABU BAKR AS-SIDDEEQ (MAY ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH HIM)

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Abu Bakr Al-Siddeeq (May Allah be pleased with him):

1.      The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘Follow the example of those after me: Abu Bakr and Umar.’2 [1]

2.      He was the first adult male and the first free man to accept Islam; [2]

The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam) informed his Companions (radhiyAllahu ‘anhum) that, whenever he invited a person to Islam, that person would hesitate before making up his mind to embrace Islam – except for Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu), who neither hesitated nor wavered. [3]

3.      Immediately upon embracing Islam, Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) made it his primary mission in life to spread the message of Islam to others. [4] Many embraced Islam at his hands; here are some examples: ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan, ‘Abdur-Rahman ibn ‘Auf, Sa’d ibn Abee Waqqaas, Az-Zubair ibn Al-‘Awaam and Talhah ibn ‘Ubaidullah (radhiyAllahu ‘anhum). These particular five were the fruits of Abu Bakr’s Dawah. Once these five brave men entered the fold of Islam, others began to follow. [5]

4.      The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wassallam) said: “Abu-Bakr has favored me much with his property and company. If I were to take a Khalil (an intimate friend) from mankind I would certainly have taken Abu1 Bakr.” [6]

5.      He was the one and only companion whom RasulAllah (salAllahu’alayhi wasallam) chose to accompany him in the Hijrah to Madinah. [7]

6.      If the eman of Abu Bakr was put on one side of the scale and the eman of this entire Ummah on the other, Abu Bakr’s eman would have outweighed. [8]

7.      Throughout his life, the Prophet (salAllahu’alayhi wasallam) appointed only one man to lead Muslims in prayer in his place, and that man was, ofcourse, Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu). [9]

8.      When the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) died, people fell into a state of shock and disbelief. It was Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) who then brought them back to their senses, saying to them his now-famous words: “Whoever used to worship Muhammed, Muhammed has indeed died. And whoever used to worship Allah, Allah is alive and never dies.” [10]

9.      He was the first khalifah after the death of Muhammed (sallAllahu’alayhi wasallam) [11]

10.   Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) was the first to begin the compilation of the Qur’an, under the advice of Umar (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu). [12]

11.  Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) said, “I do and apply (in terms of actions, policies, etc.) everything that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) did and applied, for I fear that, if I abandon any part of his way (or system of rule), I will go astray.” [13]

12.  Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) lived in the moment, using every second of his time to better himself as a Muslim.

Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wassallam) said to his companions, “Who has observed fast among you today?” Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) replied, “Me.” He (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wassallam) said, “Who among you followed a funeral procession today?” Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) replied, “Me”. He (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam) said, “Who among you has fed a poor person (today)?” Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) replied, “Me”. He (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wassallam) said, “Who among you visited a sick person today?” Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) said, “Me.” Upon this the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam) said, “Anyone in whom (these good deeds) are combined will certainly, enter paradise.” [14]

13.  Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) died at the age of 63, which was the exact age at which the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam) died. As per his instructions, [15] Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) was washed by Asmaa bint ‘Umais (radhiyAllahu ‘anha) and was buried alongside the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam). [16]

 

References:

 

[1]  Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Vol. 1, Book 46, Hadith 3662

[2] “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 158

[3] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 51

[4] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 742

[5] “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 159

[6] Sahih Bukhari, Book #8, Hadith #455

 [7] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 743

[8] AlBaihaqi, At-Tirmidhi and Ahmad

[9], [10] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 745

[11] http://islamqa.info/en/13713

[12]  Bukhari, Book #60, Hadith #201

[13] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 750

[14] Sahih Muslim, Book #5, Hadith #2242

[15]  At-Tabaqaat, Ibn Sa’ad (3/203, 204), and the chain of this narration is authentic.

[16]  Taareekh Al-Islam, by Adh-Dhahabee; and ‘Ahd Al-Khulafaa Ar-Raashidoon (pg. 120)

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Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq in a snap shot

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But don’t you believe…

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Imām al-Dhahabi narrated in his Siyar (12/67) that Yaḥya b. ‘Awn and Imām Suḥnūn entered upon Ibn al-Qaṣṣār whilst he was ill.
“Why are you so worried?” asked Suḥnūn.
“Because of death, and meeting Allah!” replied Ibn al-Qaṣṣār.
“Hold on, don’t you believe in the Messengers, and the Resurrection, and the Accounting, and Heaven, and Hell, and that the best of this nation is Abu Bakr and then ‘Umar, and that the Qur’ān is the uncreated Word of Allah, and that Allah will be seen on the Day of Standing, and that He rose above His throne, and that you don’t bear arms against the leaders even if they oppress?” asked Suḥnūn.
“Yes by Allah, I do!” replied Ibn al-Qaṣṣār.
“Die then if you wish, die,” said Suḥnūn
#LogicalProgression

Maalik رحمة الله عليه said, ‘Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه

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Ashhab Ibn ‘Abdul-‘Azeez said, `We were with Maalik when a
man from amongst the ‘Alawiyyin (Alawi Sect) stood against him, and they used to come to his gatherings.

So he called out to him, `O Abu ‘Abdullaah!’ So Maalik looked to him, so the Taalibee said to him, `I wish to make you a proof in regards to what is between myself and Allah. When I stand before Him and He asks me, I will say: Maalik said it to me.’ So he said to him, `Speak.’

So he said, `Who is the best of the people
after the Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ)?’ Maalik said, ‘Abu Bakr.’

The ‘Alawi said, `Then who?’ Maalik said, `Then Umar.’

The ‘Alawi said, `Then who?’ Maalik said, `The Caliph who was
killed in oppression, ‘Uthmaan.’

The ‘Alawi said, `By Allah, I will never sit with you, ever.’ Maalik saidto him, `The choice is yours.

(Tarteebul-Madaarik 2/44 -45)

Abu Bakr’s closeness to the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam

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Question:

I am a Shia and have this doubt about Ahl ul-Sunnah, and no Sunni Mufti is agreeing to answer a few questions. I have, such as amongst the companions Abu Bakr is viewed as the most superior on account of his closeness to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ). If this is indeed the case then why did the Prophet not select him to be his brother when he divided the companions in to pairs on the Day of Brotherhood? Rather, the Prophet chose Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him saying “You are my brother in this world and the next”, so on what basis is Abu Bakr closer? See the History of the Caliphs who took the right way, by Jalaladeen Suyuti, English translation by Abdassamad Clarke p177, (Taha publishers).
Fatwa:
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.
 
The excellence of Abu Bakr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him over all other companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them is something on which the Muhaajireen (those who migrated from Makkah to Madeenah) and the Ansaar (the citizens of Madeenah who helped and gave aid to the Muhaajireen) agreed in a consensus. Ibn ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated: “During the reign of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) we were not used to equal anyone to Abu Bakr, then to ‘Umar then to ‘Uthamaan  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them and then we did not distinguish between the remaining companions [considered the rest as equal in rank]. [Al-Bukhaari]
Moreover, Al-Bayhaqi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported that Al-Shaafi’ee  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said:’None of the companions nor their righteous followers differed with regard to the preference of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar over all other companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them; nonetheless some of them differed in relation to ‘Ali and ‘Uthmaan as to whom is better than the other.
Indeed, there are many texts [evidences] which prove the excellence and preference of Abu Bakr over all other companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them in excellence and as a caliph; we are going to mention some of them. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “If I were to take an intimate friend, I would have taken Abu Bakr as one, but he is my brother and my companion.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim] It is also confirmed that ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him asked the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ):”Who is the dearest person to you?” He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) replied: “‘Aa’ishah.” I asked: “And among men? He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Her father.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]Furthermore, ‘Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  himnarrated: “When the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was ill during his death sickness, when it was time for the prayer and the call to the prayer was made, He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Order Abu Bakr to lead the Muslims in prayers.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
As regards the narration that you mentioned in the question, it is reported by At-Tirmithi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said to ‘Ali,  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him You are my brother in this world and in the Hereafter.”Some scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him classified the narrators of this narration to be weak. Even if we presume that this narration is authentic, the most that could be said about it is that it proves the excellence of ‘Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him this is a matter that no one doubts. Indeed there are many texts about his excellence and virtues.
However, in the above narration there is nothing that suggests that he is better than Abu Bakr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him and this is not a defect or imperfection to Abu Bakr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him because if it was the case, it would be said; why didn’t ‘Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him accompany the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) when he migrated, and why the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) did not say: “I would have taken ‘Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him as a close friend Instead of Abu Bakr may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him “, and so forth.
Therefore, the excellence and preference of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar, over other companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them is evident, and Abu Bakr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  himis the best of all other companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them without exception. This is indeed what ‘Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him himself believed in and said. ‘Abdullaah Ibn Salam ah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him narrated: “I heard ‘Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him saying: “The best of the people after the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is Abu Bakr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him and the best of the people after Abu Bakr is ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him .“[Ibn Maajah]
Allaah Knows best.
Fatwa answered by:The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

 

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Shaykh ‘Aala el-Sayed life of Abu Bakr RA

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