He would always beat me to it…

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‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) narrated that:

He stayed up late one night in the house of Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) with the Messenger  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Allah, discussing the affairs of Muslims. The Messenger  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Allah went out and we went out with him, and there was a man standing and praying in the mosque. The Messenger  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Allah stood and listened to his recitation, and before we recognised whose voice it was, the Messenger  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Allah said,  “Whoever would like to recite the Qur’an fresh as it was revealed, let him recite according to the recitation of Ibn Umm ‘Abd (‘ Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (رضي الله عنه)).” Then the man sat and made du’a and the Messenger  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) started saying to him, “Ask, for you will be given, ask, for you will be given.”

‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) said, “By Allah, I will go to him tomorrow and tell him this good news. The next day, I went to him (‘ Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (رضي الله عنه)) to tell him this good news and I found that Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) had beaten me to it.  I never tried to beat him to something good but he beat me to it.”

[Musnad Ahmad, Sahih]

They have taken all the goodness

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قال أبو بكر ذهب الذاكرون الله بالخير كله

شعب الإيمان

Abu bakr رضي الله عنه said:

Those who remember Allah profusely have taken goodness, all of it.

..is great in the sight of Allah.

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Abu Bakr R.A.A 
“Let not any Muslim belittle another Muslim, for the lowest of the Muslims is great in the Sight of Allah.” [Ihya’ ‘Ulum ad-Din, 3/400]

Like trying to hide the sun..

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Ibn al-Qayyim said: “Denying Abu Bakr’s virtues is like trying to hide the sun in the middle of the day.”

[Al-Fawaa’id, pg.114]

What Imam Ahmad said about the one who thought Ali رضي الله عنه was better

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عن حنبل بن إسحاق قال: سمعت أبا عبدالله (الإمام أحمد) يقول

من زعم أن علياً أفضل من أبي بكر فهو رجل سوء لا نخالطه ولا نجالسه

السنة للخلال٥٢٤

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal رحمة الله عليه said:

Whoever assumes that Ali رضي الله عنه is better than Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه is an evil man who should no be mixed with or sat with.

Did you see Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه?

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The status of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه amongst the companions:

قال رجل لعمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه : مـا رأيت مثـلك ، قال عمر : رأيت أبا بكر ؟ قال الرجل : لا قال : لو قلت نعم إني رأيته لأوجعتك ضرباً ؛

A man said to ‘Umar رضي الله عنه “I haven’t seen anyone like you.” ‘Umar said: “Have you seen Abu Bakr?” He said: “No.” ‘Umar said: “If you had answered ‘Yes, I have seen him’ I would have hit you.”

[Ibn Abi Shaybah, 31993]

Where are they?

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Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (رضي الله عنه) used to say in his sermons:

“Where is the beauty and the handsome? Where are those who were delighted by their youth and good looks? Where are the kings who built cities and fenced them with walls? Where are the victorious in wars? They all perished and ended in the depths of dark graves! Hasten and hurry up [to do good deeds]; but death is faster.”

[Al-Zuhd by Imam Ahmad (2/18), Hilyah al-Awliya’ (1/34) and Sifat al-Safwah (1/261)]

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