Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (Radiyallahu Anh), whose real name was Abdullaah. He was the son of Abu Qahafah, whose real name was Usman. His lineage was therefore Abdullaah bin Usman bin Aamir and he belonged to the Quraysh tribe of Makkah. He was amongst the vanguards of Islam, was one of the Khulafaa-e-Rashideen as well as amongst the Asharah Mubashara. He was the first man to accept Islam and gave everything he had for the sake of Islam. Allah (Azza wa Jalla) blessed him to Protect Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam), to propagate the Islam and also blessed him with an exceptional level of Imaan and love for Allah (Azza wa Jalla). He was the sword of the Muslims in the struggle against the Munafiqen and enemies of Islam.
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (Radiyallahu Anh) was born two and a half years after the Year of the Elephants. From his youth, he was far distanced from the oppression and filth that is associated with the period of Ignorance, while being imbued with all the praiseworthy traits of the Arabs of the time. His character and behaviour was always exemplary and even before Islam, he forbade liquor for himself. He was an authority on Arab lineages and knew all the Arab families and tribes. He was always assisting the poor and the weak and earned the respect of the rich and powerful as well.
The Arabs referred their disputes to him and accepted all the judgments he passed. He therefore enjoyed much acclaim and respect and occupied a high position in society. He was an experienced and astute businessman and also an expert in the interpretation of dreams. His untainted reputation and honour together with his unquestionable intelligence and farsightedness all complemented his handsome appearance and fair complexion. His build was lean, his eyes deep and his face and beard thin. He was a bosom friend of Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) and one who accepted Islam without hesitation or question.
He spent his wealth to alleviate the suffering of the poor Muslims. He believed Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) about the incident of Mi’raaj without hesitation and it was because of this that Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) gave him the title of Siddiq. He privileged enough to accompany Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) on the historic journey of Hijrah. This earned him the title of “Thaniyathnain” (the second of the two), which has been immemorially recorded in the Qur’aan. After the Hijrah, he participated in all the expeditions that Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) was part of and endured the trials in the struggle of Islam by the side of Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam).
He spent the days in fasting and the nights in worship and was detached from the luxuries of this world. He behaved humbly towards people and practiced thoroughly on the knowledge of Islam that he possessed. He left no stone unturned to engage in good and was renowned for the softness of his heart which caused him to cry very easily. Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) assured him safety from Jahannam and admission into Jannah. When he was appointed Khalifah, he dispatched the army of Hazrat Usaama bin Zaid Radhiyallahu Anhuma, ordered the armies to march against those who refused to pay zakaah. He was responsible for the conquests of many territories, gave the instruction for the Qur’an to be compiled into a single volume and ensured that Islam spread too many parts of the world.
He showed tremendous respect to the elders, compassion to the youngsters and assisted the weak to secure their rights from the powerful. He would walk while the commanders of his armies rode and he would even milk goats for the little children. He had six children from four marriages. He was the companion of Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) in his lifetime as well as in his grave and at the pond of Kawsar. He passed away in the year 13 A.H. and was buried beside Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam).
Allah’s Name we begin with, The Compassionate Most Merciful As Salaatu Was Salaamu Alaika Ya Rasool’Allah The most exalted in the creation after the Ambia e Kiraam Alaihimus Salaam are the Blessed Sahaba (Companions) of Nabi Kareem .
Allah has blessed them with an excellence which none other has been blessed. They have been chosen and blessed with the honour of being the Blessed companions of Imam ul Ambia Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa. These are those blessed souls who saw the Beloved Nabi with the eyes of Imaan and left this world with Imaan.
They spent their days and nights quenching their spiritual thirst by admiring the most beautiful face of the most beautiful creation . They served in the Court of the Greatest King , ever to walk upon this earth. They listened to the most beautiful and wise words of the most eloquent and wisest personality ever.
They ate and drank together with the Blessed Nabi , through who’s Mercy the entire universe eats and drinks. They performed their Salaah behind the Imam of All the Ambia Alaihimus Salaam, who brought us the Gift of Salaah.
They learnt Deen from the Blessed Nabi who brought Deen e Islam by Allah’s Command, so who knew Deen better than them? However, there are still those from among the lowest of men who wish to challenge their words and their excellence! Remember, that if all the people of Deen are put together, they will never come close to the excellence of any one of the Beloved Companions of Nabi .In reality, those who have animosity for any Sahabi have no Deen.
Almighty Allah says in the Glorious Qur’an ‘And peace be upon His Chosen Servants’ [Surah An-Naml (27), Verse 59]
Imam ul Mufas’sireen Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Ab’bas Radi Allahu anhuma
while commentating on this verse of the Qur’an says, in this verse,
‘chosen servants’ refers to the Sahaba (companions) of Nabi Kareem .
This verse of the Qur’an and its Tafseer by Hazrat Ibn Ab’bas gives
insight into the excellence bestowed upon the Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah is
pleased with them all).
Our Beloved Nabi said, ‘It is better for a servant to meet Allah carrying
the sins of all the other servants of Allah with him than to have animosity
against anyone of my Sahaba, because this is such a sin, which will not be
forgiven on the day of Qiyaamat.’
Allahu Akbar! Take heed to the words of our Beloved Nabi ! After
knowing this, there are still those who slander the Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah
is pleased with them all) and address them with contempt. Indeed, such
people will not be afforded the intercession of Nabi Kareem , and will
hence be deprived of forgiveness.
As Muslims, it is our duty to love and honour the Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah
is pleased with them all). We must always guard our tongues when we
discuss them. We have also to understand our Aqida concerning the
Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah is pleased with them all).
It is for this reason that I will now attempt to present some important
points on our Aqida, and the viewpoint of the Ahle Sunnah concerning
the Sahaba e Kiraam as stipulated by the learned Fuqaha:
1. After The Beloved Nabi the First Righteous Khalifa is Hazrat Abu
Bakr Siddique, followed by Hazrat Umar e Farooq, then Hazrat Uthman e
Ghani, then Hazrat Ali e Murtada, and finally Hazrat Imam Hassan who
ruled for six months (Allah is pleased with them). These personalities are
known as the ‘Khulafa e Raashideen’, and their Khilaafat is known as the
‘Khilaafat e Raashida.’ Every one of them fulfilled their responsibilities
and discharged their duties as faithful representatives of the Beloved
Rasool , to the best of their abilities and with complete devotion.
2. After all the Nabis and Rasools, the greatest excellence in Allah’s
creation amongst all the humans, Jins and Angels, has been afforded to
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique Radi Allahu Anhu, followed by Hazrat Umar e
Farooq, Hazrat Uthman e Ghani and after that Maula Ali (Allah is pleased
with them). Anyone who considers Hazrat Ali as being more superior
to the other three Khulafa is misguided and a deviant.
3. After the Khulafa-e-Raashideen, the greatest status is afforded to the
Ashara Mubashara (the ten persons to whom the Beloved Rasool gave
glad tidings of Jannat whilst they were still in this world), and Hazrat
Imam Hassan and Hussain, The Ashaab e Badr (the companions who
partook in the battle of Badr), the Ashaab Baitur Ridwaan (those who took
the oath of allegiance at the hands of the Beloved Rasool under the
tree). All of them are Jannati without a doubt. (Allah is pleased with them
4. All the companions (Allah is pleased with them all) of the Beloved
Rasool are virtuous and righteous. We should always address them
with utmost respect and dignity, as to do so is Fard (obligatory) upon us.
5. To think ill of any Sahabi is a sign of being a bud-madhab (deviant) and
a misguided person. Such a person is deserving of the fire of hell. To think
ill of a Sahabi is to harbour ill feelings against the Beloved Rasool .
Those who do this are Raafdis, even if he accepts the Khulafa e
Raashideen and claims to be a Sunni.
6. To insult Hazrat Ameer Mu’awiya, his father Hazrat Abu Sufyan and his
mother, Hazrat Hind (Allah is pleased with them all) is not acceptable.
7. Similarly, it is disallowed to speak ill of Hazrat Amr ibn A’as, Hazrat
Mughira, Hazrat Abu Musa Ash’ari or even Hazrat Wahshi who martyred
Hazrat Sayyidush Shuhada Hazrat Ameer-e-Hamza (Allah is pleased with
them all) before he (Hazrat Wahshi) accepted Islam.
It must also be noted that after accepting Islam, Hazrat Wahshi (Allah is
pleased with him) killed one of the Daj’jals, Musailama Kaz’zab who falsely
claimed to be a Prophet. He used to sadly say that he had martyred one of
the best amongst the people (before accepting Islam) and he (would
happily say) that he had killed the worst amongst people.
8. To disrespect any one of these companions is sinful and an act
deserving of punishment, even though it may not be as severe as
disrespecting Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Umar (Allah is pleased with
9. To slander and to reject the Khilaafat of Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat
Umar (Allah is pleased with them) is regarded by the learned Fuqaha
(Jurists) as kufr.
10. No matter how exalted a Wali may be, he can never reach the
excellence afforded to a Sahabi.
The Ashara Mubashara are the ten specially blessed companions who
were promised Jannat by the Beloved Rasool while they were still in
this world. They are:
• Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique
• Hazrat Umar e Farooq
• Hazrat Uthman e Ghani
• Hazrat Ali Murtada
• Hazrat Talha ibn Ubaidullah
• Hazrat Zubair ibn Al Awwam
• Hazrat Abdur Rahman ibn Awf
• Hazrat Sa’ad ibn Abi Waq-qas
• Hazrat Sa’eed bin Zaid
• Hazrat Abu Ubaidah ibn Al Jar’rah
It is mentioned in the Hadith Shareef concerning the Ashara Mubashara
Rasoolullah said, ‘Abu Bakr is in Jannat (Paradise), Umar is in Jannat,
Uthman is in Jannat, Ali is in Jannat, Talha is in Jannat, Zubair is in Jannat,
Abdur Rahman bin Awf is in Jannat, Sa’ad is in Jannat, Sa’eed is in Jannat
and Abu Ubaidah ibn Al Jar’rah is in Jannat.’ [Tirmizi Shareef]
1. To discuss the issues or disagreements that took place between the
Sahaba e Kiraam is absolutely and totally Haraam (forbidden). All Muslims
need to do, is to accept that they are all the Companions of the Beloved
Rasool and his faithful followers who were always willing to sacrifice
their lives in his love.
2. All the Companions of the Beloved Rasool are Jannatis. They will
not even come close to experiencing the intense heat of Jahannam. They
will always live in happiness and comfort. The terrifying situation on the
day of reckoning will cause them no grief or sadness. The Angels will
welcome them, giving them glad tidings of the day which has been
promised to them. All this has been explained in the Holy Qur’an in detail.
3. The Sahaba e Kiraam are neither Ambia (Alaihimus Salaam) nor are
they Angels, and are thus not Maasum. Some of them had certain mishaps
but to hold them in contempt because of this is against the command of
Allah and His Rasool . When addressing the companions in the Holy
Qur’an, Almighty Allah addressed them in two categories, i.e. those before
the Great Victory at Makkah and those after the Great Victory at Makkah
Almighty Allah says
‘And to all of them, Allah has promised a heavenly reward’
[Surah Al-Hadeed 57, Verse 10]
And Almighty Allah says
‘And Allah Knows well what you do’
[Surah Al-Hadeed (57), Verse 10]
The fact that Allah is aware of all their actions and He has promised
Jannat to them without any reckoning does not give anyone the right to
say anything against the Sahaba e Kiraam. Do those who speak against the
companions want to establish a manner different from that which Allah
It must be understood that when we discuss the superiority amongst the
Sahaba, it means that they have greater status in the Court of Allah (over
the others). It also means that their virtuous deeds and rewards are
It has been mentioned in the Hadith Shareef concerning the companions
of Hazrat Imam Mahdi Radi Allahu Anhu, that there is the reward of fifty
for every one deed that they perform. The companions asked the Beloved
Rasool if it was equal to fifty of their deeds or fifty of the deeds of the
Sahaba of the Beloved Rasool . He said that it was equal to fifty of
the deeds of the Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah is pleased with them all). Even
though their rewards may be many, but they can never come close to
attaining the excellence bestowed upon the Sahaba e Kiraam of the
Beloved Rasool . How can the closeness of Hazrat Imam Mahdi’s
companions to him compare to the excellence and the companionship of
the companions of the Beloved Rasool !
An example without comparison is that of a king who sends out his
Minister and a few officers on a special mission. After achieving victory,
he presents each officer with a purse consisting of one hundred thousand
coins, and he gives the Minister his special closeness and a greater
position. In this scenario, the officers received more in wealth, but the
Minister received even more, for he was given greater respect and
honour before the King.
Hazrat Jaabir reports that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah said, with the
exception of the Nabis and Rasools, Allah has blessed my Sahaba with
excellence over the entire Universe. [Majma uz Zawaa’id]
Hazrat Irbaaz ibn Saariya reports that Rasoolullah said, those of
you who live after my time (my worldly life), will see many (Ikhtilaaf)
disputes (and differences). Thus (in such times) it is necessary upon you
to hold firm to my way (Sunnah) and the way of my Khulafa e Raashideen.
Muhad’dith e Jaleel Imam Ibn Majah says, ‘Do not speak ill against any
of the Sahaba of Nabi Muhammad , for their standing (worship) for one
moment is greater than all the virtuous deeds of your entire life. [Ibn
We should always remember that all the Sahaba e Kiraam were ‘Just’ and
‘Upright’ personalities, and to make utterances which belittle their
excellence, or to use words which are not befitting their excellence is
It is thus of utmost importance to abstain (flee) from the company of such
evil sects and individuals who slander the companions, or those who
support them or sympathise with them in any way. Such people should
never be addressed with respectful titles or given any honourable
appellations. It is mentioned in the Hadith that, ‘The one who honours a
heretic (i.e. a deviant/innovator) has assisted in undermining (i.e.
It is mentioned in Shifa Shareef and Kanz ul Ummal that Nabi said,
towards the end of time there will come a nation who will slander my
Sahaba; do not perform (i.e. partake in) their Janaazah Namaaz, and do
not perform Namaaz with them, and do not forge relations with them (i.e.
do not marry them), and do not sit with them (i.e. do not keep their
company), and when they are ill do not visit them.
Concerning the Sahaba e Kiraam, Muhad’dith Abu Zakariya Muhiyud’deen
Yahya who is well known as Imam Nawawi says, ‘It is the consensus of
the majority of the Ulama e Haq that all the Sahaba e Kiraam were Just
Hazrat Imam Malik says, ‘Any person who makes any utterances about
the Sahaba which are not befitting for them, will not receive any share of
that which has been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an’ (i.e. he will be
deprived of the blessings promised to the believers).
The Khilaafat of all the Khulafa was in accordance to their excellence.
Excellence does not refer to their ability to manage the affairs of the state
or the people, but it refers to the excellence bestowed upon them in the
Court of Allah. He, who was regarded as most exalted in the Court of
Allah, is the one who became Khalifa first.
The Tafdeelia (another deviant sect amongst the Shia) who nowadays
claim to be Sunnis, say that excellence refers to the ability to manage the
affairs of the state and the people. This is incorrect.
If this was correct, then Hazrat Umar (Allah is pleased with him) should
have been the first Khalifa (which is not so) because his era of Khilaafat
has been acclaimed with these words:
‘I have never seen anyone stronger, thorough and more hardworking
than him. He provided so much of water that not only did the people
quench their thirst with it, but they also used it when they prepared
paving for areas where their camels sat.’
To love the Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah is pleased with them All)
unconditionally is a sign of true love for Sayyiduna Rasoolullah . We
must unconditionally love all The Beloved Nabi’s Companions, in
other words, The Muhajireen, The Ansaar and all those who are
associated with them. It is also a sign of love, to have enmity for the
enemies of the Beloved Nabi even though he may be your father, son,
brother or member of your tribe. One who does not do so is untrue in his
claim of love for the Beloved Nabi .
Do we realise that the Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah is pleased with them All)
left their elders, relatives, parents, brothers and even their motherland in
the love of the Beloved Nabi ! How is it possible for one to love Allah
and His Rasool and at the same time have affection for his enemies,
whereas two opposing things can never be combined?
You have to choose one of the two. You may either opt to attain Jannat or
go towards Jahannam. Hence, the love of the Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah is
pleased with them All) is love for the Beloved Nabi and the slightest
animosity towards the Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah is pleased with them All) is
animosity towards the Beloved Nabi . This is why it is of paramount
importance to stay away from all those who associate, befriend or forge
so-called ‘Deeni Unity’ with the deviants, and the slanderers of the Sahaba
e Kiraam (Allah is pleased with them All).
When we speak about the Sahaba e Kiraam we should understand this
does not only refer to males but also to those blessed females who saw
our Nabi with the eyes of Imaan and left this world with Imaan.
They too are amongst the chosen ones. It is also an obligation upon us to
love, respect and honour them. They have also done a great service for
Islam and have strived with immense vigour and sincerity for the sake of
Islam. The Sahabiyaat had so much of love for our Nabi that when we
read about it, it brings tears to our eyes.
Hazrat Sayyiduna Anas bin Malik states, ‘On the day of the Battle of
Uhud, there was uneasiness amongst the Ahle Madina, and from all over
Madina, there were announcements being made, that Sayyiduna
Rasoolullah had been made Shaheed (martyred).
Hence, a lady from amongst the Ansaar emerged, and she saw the bodies
of her brother, her son and her husband, but she could not recognise
whom she had passed by first.
When she reached the last martyr, she asked, ‘Who is this?’ The people
said, ‘This is your brother, your father, your husband and your son.’ She
said, ‘How is the Beloved Rasool .’
The Sahaba e Kiraam said, ‘The Beloved Rasool is at the front.’ The
Ansari Sahabiya went towards Rasoolullah and held the blessed
clothing of Nabi Kareem and said, ‘Ya Rasool’Allah ! May my
mother and father be sacrificed upon you! If you are well, then I have no
worry about anyone else.’’
This blessed Sahabiya was known as Sayyidatuna Ansariya Radi Allahu
Allahu Akbar! Observe her love for Allah’s Nabi !
Let us not just listen to incidents in their lives or read about it, but let us
learn from them and strive to increase in our hearts the love for our
Beloved Nabi .
Amongst the Sahaba e Kiraam, the most exalted and the closest
companion to the Beloved Rasool is Hazrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr
Siddique . He loved our Beloved Nabi dearly, and our Nabi loved
Not only was he the Beloved Companion of Nabi Kareem , but he was
also the Father in law of Nabi , as he was the dear father of
Sayyidatuna A’isha Siddiqa Radi Allahu Anha.
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique spent his entire life in the sincere service of
our Beloved Nabi . He was alongside the Beloved Nabi in Battles,
expeditions, during Hijrat, in the cave of Thawr, and on every other
occasion. And even today he is resting alongside Nabi Kareem in his
Sacred Chamber, and when by Allah’s command, all the People will rise
once again after the end of the world, he will rise alongside Nabi with
his hand in the Sacred Hand of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah .
Now, (after the Ambia Alaihimus Salaam) who else is there from amongst
the Ummah who can claim such an excellence? None, but Hazrat Abu
Bakr Siddique Radi Allahu Anhu!
Concerning the excellence of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique , it has been
mentioned in Bukhari Shareef on the authority of Hazrat Abu Hurairah
that once the Beloved Rasool said,
“One who does any good in the Court of Allah will be called from the
doors of Jannat in this manner, ‘O servant of Allah! Enter through this
Door. This is an Exalted Door.’”
The Beloved Nabi explained how if a person is a Namaazi he will be
called from the Door of Namaaz (Salaah), and if he was a Mujahid, he will
be called from the door of Jihad. If he was one who gave Sadaqa, he will be
called from the door of Sadaqa, and if he used to keep all his fasts, he will
be called from the door called Ar Ray’yaan.
Hazrat Abu Bakr said, “Ya Rasool’Allah ! Will there be any person
who will be called from all the Doors of Jannat?”
The Beloved Nabi said, “I have faith that you will be from amongst
those who will be called from all the Doors.”
Subhaan’Allah! Such is the excellence of Siddique e Akbar . Observe
with the eyes of true Imaan, the excellence which has been bestowed
Discussing the excellence of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique the great Islamic
Scholar, The Imam of Hadith and the distinguished historian, Ibn Asaakir
reported on the authority of Hazrat Anas that the Beloved Nabi
“It is Waajib (compulsory) upon my Ummat to be thankful to Abu Bakr
and to love him.”
Ibn Asaakir reported that Nabi Kareem said, “There are three
hundred and sixty (360) good qualities.”
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique asked, “Ya Rasool’Allah , do I possess any
of those good qualities?”
The Beloved Nabi said, “Glad-tidings upon you, for you possess every
one of those qualities.”
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique was known for his kindness and generosity.
He was the personality who bought Hazrat Bilal Habshi from his slave
master and freed him in the Name of Allah. He also bought and freed
many others for the sake of Allah. It has been explicitly mentioned in
numerous Ahadith that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique often contributed
most and sometimes all of what he owned for the sake of Islam.
Hazrat Sa’eed ibn Mansur has reported in his Sunan on the authority of
Mu’awiya bin Qur’rah that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique Radi Allah anhu used
to make the following Dua often;
“O Allah, allow the latter of my life to be good and let me pass from this
world performing good deeds. The best day of all my days will be the day
when I make Your Deedar (i.e. when I am blessed with your Divine
Hazrat Faqih e Millat Mufti Jalaalud’deen Ahmad Amjadi Alaihir Rahma
Even during his childhood, he (Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique ) never
worshipped idols. He always opposed this. When he reached the blessed
age of 15, he demolished idols; just as it has been mentioned by Aala
Hazrat Imam Ahle Sunnat Alaihir Rahma on page 13 of his blessed book
‘Tanzeehul Makaanat Al Haydariyyah’ that,
The father of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (who later became a Sahabi),
namely Hazrat Abu Quhafa , took him to a temple during the days of
ignorance, and he pointed out the idols to him and said, this is your
exalted and venerated Lord, so prostrate before it.
He said this and then left. As destiny had it, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique
stepped in front of it, and to show the hopelessness of the idol and the
ignorance of the idol worshippers, he said, I am hungry, provide me with
food, but the idol did not reply (as it could not). He then said, I am
unclothed, so clothe me, the idol did not respond.
Hazrat Abu Bakr then took a rock in his hand and said, I will throw this
rock (stone) at you, so if you are the ‘Almighty’ then protect yourself!
There was still no response, so with Siddiqui power, he threw the rock at
it, and the (so-called) Lord of the lost ones, fell flat on its face.
Just then, his father returned. On seeing this, he said, O my child (son)!
What have you done? He said, I have done that which you are seeing. His
father took him to his mother (who later also became a Sahabiya), namely
Hazrat Ummul Khayr Radi Allahu Anha and explained the entire incident
to her. She said, do not say anything to this child, because on the night of
his birth, there was none with me when I heard a voice saying,
“O True (female) servant of Allah! Glad-tidings to you on the birth of this
free child, who is known in the skies as Siddique and who is the
companion and friend of Muhammad .”
Allahu Akbar! May we be sacrificed at the sacred feet of the Siddique who
was chosen even before his birth to be the closest companion to our
Beloved Nabi , at whose sacred and exalted feet the entire universe is
We are well aware of the generosity of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique and
the amount of wealth he spent for the pleasure of Allah and His Rasool
I am sure that we all remember the incident when he gave everything he
possessed for the sake of Deen and when our Beloved Nabi asked what
he left behind for his family, he replied by saying,
“I have left for them Allah and His Rasool .”
It has been narrated that Hazrat Umar used to go to the home of a
poor, blind woman and assist her with her daily chores.
After some time, Hazrat Umar found that when he reached the home
of the blind lady, all the chores would be done. Someone would have
already carried water for the blind woman to her house and swept and
cleaned her home, etc.
Once, Hazrat Umar decided to see who this person was that helped the
old blind woman. He waited in the darkness of night at the home of the
woman, and he found that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique was the one
responsible for assisting the old woman.
Hazrat Umar said,
‘O Abu Bakr! It could have only been you who could have done such a
It must be noted that Hazrat Abu Bakr was serving this blind woman in
the darkness of the night and completing all the woman’s chores, even
though he was the Ameerul Mo’mineen and the Khalifa of the time.
Subhaan’Allah, this should serve as a lesson to all of us in leadership
There is no doubt that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique is the first and
righteous Khalifa of Islam and none is allowed to reject this. The Raafdhis
(Shias) reject the Khilaafat of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique and use
blasphemous terms when addressing him. They are a cursed nation.
The Khilaafat of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique was accepted by all the
Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah is pleased with them All), and this included Hazrat
Ali . Hazrat Ali loved and respected Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique
Hazrat Ahmed ibn Hambal states that Hazrat Ali said,
“After Rasoolullah , the best in the Ummah are Hazrat Abu Bakr and
Hazrat Umar.” (Allah is pleased with them)
May the curse of Allah befall those who insult the companions of the
Beloved Rasool . The Shia are a corrupt and deviant sect that hold
corrupt beliefs regarding the Companions of the Beloved Rasool .
We should never associate with them or anyone who associates with
them, for they have insulted the companions of our Nabi . Those who
insult the companions of the Beloved Nabi have committed
blasphemy in the Court of the Beloved Nabi .
Hazrat Ali once asked Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique , how did you reach
this excellence, whereby you have surpassed us? He said, due to five
I saw two types of people, seekers of the world, and seekers of the
hereafter, so I became a seeker of the Creator (i.e. I sought
closeness to my Rub).
After entering into Islam, I never ate a full stomach of food; for
the pleasure of Ma’rifat, made me heedless to the enjoyment of
After entering Islam, I never fully quenched my thirst with the
drinks of this world, for the love of Allah, made me heedless to
the drinks of this world.
When two types of tasks would come before me, and one was a
mundane task, and the other was a task of the hereafter, then I
always choose the task of the hereafter. (i.e. that which is
beneficial for Aakhira (hereafter) compared to that which is
beneficial for Duniya).
I was blessed with staying in the sacred company of Nabi Kareem
, so I remained in his sacred company in the best manner.
Hazrat Imam Fakhrud’deen Raazi says, there is a well-known narration
that Nabi Kareem said,
‘I did not present Islam to anyone, who did not have any hesitation,
except for Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique , for he accepted Islam without
any hesitation. Hence, this is why he is truly worthy of the title ‘Siddique.’
There is a Hadith reported on the authority of Hazrat Jaabir in which
‘We were once in the Holy Court of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah , when
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah said, such a person is about to appear before
you, who has been made the best and the noblest after me, and his (power
of) intercession will be similar to that of the intercession of the Ambia.
We were (still) in his Holy presence when we observed the arrival of
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique . (On seeing him) Sayyiduna Rasoolullah
stood-up and then kissed and embraced Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique .’
Subhaan’Allah! What a blessed and honourable status has been afforded
to Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique ! Cursed are those who slander this
Beloved of the Beloved .
There is no doubt that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique honestly and
sincerely loved Sayyiduna Rasoolullah . His love for the Beloved Rasool
was a unique one, and this was evident from every action of Hazrat
Abu Bakr Siddique . It was evident throughout his life and could be
seen day in and day out.
The love for Nabi was deeply embedded in his heart and soul, and
hence he was blessed with such great excellence in the Court of the
Beloved Nabi by virtue of this true and sincere love.
It is reported that in the Cave of Thawr, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique
entered first. He tore up his clothes, using it to cover the holes in the
cave. One hole was still uncovered, so he covered it with his toe. He then
requested the Beloved Rasool to enter.
Nabi Kareem entered the cave and placed his blessed head to rest on
the lap of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique . In the hole, there lived a snake
which yearned to see the Beloved Rasool .
It rubbed its head against the foot of Hazrat Abu Bakr but he did not
move his foot, thinking that it would disturb the rest of the Beloved Nabi
Finally, the snake bit him on his foot. When Hazrat Abu Bakr’s tears
fell upon the blessed face of the Beloved Nabi , Nabi Kareem opened
his blessed eyes, and Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique explained what had
happened. The Beloved Nabi applied his blessed saliva to the snake
bite, and this gave him immediate relief.
Every year, the potency of the poison caused a relapse. After twelve years,
he received martyrdom due to this. It must be noted that Huzoor
placed his blessed saliva on the bite, allowing Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique
to get relief from the pain and discomfort. The poison, however,
remained in him, and the effects of this caused his demise.
This in reality is Shahaadat e Sirri because if it had not been for the saliva
of the Beloved Rasool the potency of the snake bite would have caused
immediate death. Thus, the passing of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique was, in
reality, his sacrifice in the love and respect of Nabi Kareem .
Explaining this great love, Sayyiduna Aala Hazrat Imam Ahle Sunnat Ash
Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan says,
Thaabit Huwa Ke Jumla Faraa’id Furu’ Hain
Aslul Usool Bandagi Us Taajwar Ki Hain
It is proven, that in fact all other obligations, are secondary issues
Is fact, the most Ultimate Principle of All Principles,
Is servitude of The Beloved King ,
When our Nabi migrated from Makkah to Al Madinatul Munawwarah,
he chose Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique as his companion even on this
blessed and important occasion.
Concerning the Hijrat (migration) of our Beloved Rasool from Makkah
to Madina, the narrations mention that Hazrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr
Siddique remained for three days and three nights in the Cave of
Thawr with Sayyiduna Rasoolullah .
The scholars mention that for these three days and three nights, the only
person who was seeing without any hindrance the sacred rays, beauty,
and radiance of Nabi Kareem was Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique . He
was alone with our Beloved Nabi for three days and three nights,
showering in his special light and mercy.
The heart and mind of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique were becoming more
and more fragrant with the unique fragrance of Risaalat which
surrounded him. Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique was so immersed in the
great radiance from the blessings of Risaalat, that he became the
manifestation of the blessings of the Beloved Nabi , so much so that
when he reached Madinatul Munawwarah with Rasoolullah , the
people mistook him for Rasoolullah .
It is said that if sesame seeds are immersed in flowers for one night, the
seeds become the manifestation of the flowers (i.e. with its fragrance),
and even its oil becomes fragrant.
Now think about it, if in one night sesame seeds immersed in flowers
become the manifestation of its fragrance, then why should not the one
who spent three special days and three special nights with the Beloved
Rasool not become the manifestation of the blessings of Sayyiduna
It is mentioned by the scholars that when Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique
arrived in Madinatul Munawwarah, it was the face of Hazrat Abu Bakr,
but in it was the Radiance of Rasoolullah , The physique was Hazrat
Abu Bakr’s , but the gracefulness was that of Rasoolullah , the
speech was Hazrat Abu Bakr’s, but the eloquence was that of Rasoolullah
It seemed like Rasoolullah had brought a mirror of his blessings with
him, and this is why the people mistook him as Rasoolullah . No doubt
there is none like Nabi , but most of the population of Madina had not
seen Huzoor , and because of receiving such special blessings, Hazrat
Abu Bakr Siddique became the manifestation of Nabi Kareem .
It is mentioned in Bukhari Shareef that Hazrat Abu Bakr stood up,
welcoming the people while Nabi Kareem sat down silently. Some of
the Ansaar who came (to welcome Nabi ) had not seen Nabi before,
so they began greeting Hazrat Abu Bakr .
When the sun’s rays fell upon Nabi Kareem , and Hazrat Abu Bakr
came forward and shaded him with his shawl, then only did the people
come to know Rasoolullah .
Allahu Akbar, such is the greatness and excellence of Hazrat Abu Bakr
It is mentioned in Nuzhatul Majaalis that Nabi Kareem said,
On the eve of Me’raj, everything was presented before me and even the
sun (was presented before me). I greeted it and asked it about why it goes
into eclipse, so Allah blessed the sun with the power of speech. It said,
Almighty Allah has kept me on a special carriage, and it travels as to
where Allah Wills. (At times) I look towards myself with superiority, so
the carriage causes me to slip off, and I fall into the sea. Then I see two
personalities, one says ‘Ahad’ ‘Ahad’ (only One, only One, i.e. Allah is one),
and the other says, he has spoken the truth! He has spoken the truth! I
then make both of them my Wasila (mediation) in the Court of Allah, and
Allah releases me from the state of eclipse. I then ask who are these two
personalities and I am told, the one who is saying ‘Ahad, Ahad’ is my
Beloved Nabi , and the one who is saying, He has spoken the truth! He
has spoken the truth, is (Hazrat) Abu Bakr (Siddique) . [Nuzhatul
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique was alongside the Beloved Nabi in all the
Battles of Islam. Not only did he bravely partake in all the battles and
expeditions, but he was always willing to sacrifice his life for the sake of
Rasoolullah . During the battle of Badr, when the Beloved Rasool
was in prayer, invoking Almighty Allah continuously for the success of
the Muslims by saying, O Allah! Allow Your Promise to be fulfilled! The
Beloved Rasool was so deeply absorbed in Dua at this time, that his
sacred mantle slipped from his sacred shoulders. At this moment, the
loyal and beloved companion Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique came forth
and placed the mantle (sheet) over the blessed shoulders of Nabi Kareem
. He then held the sacred mantle of Nabi and said, Ya Rasool’Allah
! Your invocation is sufficient for us; (Indeed) your Rub will fulfil His
Promise (to you).
Almighty Allah had mercy on the Ummah of Rasoolullah , and He sent
down Angels (during this Battle of Badr) to assist the Muslims. The
Beloved Rasool then addressed Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique by saying,
O Abu Bakr! Glad-tidings! Jibra’eel Alaihis Salaam is wearing a yellow
Turban, and has his hands on the reins of his horse, between the sky and
Our Beloved Nabi first shared the news of the arrival of Hazrat
Jibra’eel Alaihis Salaam and the army of the Mala’ika (Angels) with his
most loyal and most beloved companion Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique .
It is reported that up to four days before Nabi Kareem journeyed from
this physical world towards the Special Mercy of his Rub, he continued
to lead the Salaah in the Masjidun Nabawi Shareef. However, after the
(apparent) illness of Rasoolullah (in the eyes of the people) became
more intense, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah commanded Hazrat Abu Bakr
Siddique to lead the Namaaz.
It is reported in Bukhari Shareef on the authority of Hazrat Abu Musa
Ash’ari that, when the illness of the Beloved Nabi (in the eyes of the
people) became more intense, then Rasoolullah said, summon Abu
Bakr, so that he may lead the Salaah. On hearing this, Sayyidatuna A’isha
Siddiqa Radi Allahu Anha said, he (Hazrat Abu Bakr ) is a soft-hearted
person and will not be able to lead the Salaah in your place. Nabi again
said, summon (Hazrat) Abu Bakr so that he may lead the Namaaz.
Sayyidatuna A’isha Radi Allahu Anha repeated her words, so Rasoolullah
said, are you being like the women of the era of Yusuf Alaihis Salaam?
Ask (Hazrat) Abu Bakr to perform the Salaah. The message was sent to
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique , and he led the Salaah in the physical
lifetime of Nabi Kareem .
This was the excellence of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique that from
amongst all the Sahaba e Kiraam (Allah is pleased with them all), Hazrat
Abu Bakr Siddique was appointed to lead the Salaah. This alone is
proof that after Rasoolullah and the Ambia e Kiraam Alaihimus
Salaam, there is none more exalted than Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique .
Further explaining the excellence of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique as
mentioned in the above Hadith Shareef, Imam Waaqidi reported from Abu
Bakr bin Abi Maysarah that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique led the
people in Salaah seventeen (17) times during the physical worldly life of
Rasoolullah , whilst other reports mention that he performed twenty
Salaahs during the physical worldly life of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah .
It must be noted that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah appointed Hazrat Abu
Bakr Siddique as the Imam in Salaah for the Muslims.
There are many other Ahadith which bear testimony to this fact. This is
also evidence that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique is the Righteous and first
Khalifa of Islam after Sayyiduna Rasoolullah .
This is evident from the Hadith Shareef that even though Sayyidatuna
A’isha Radi Allahu Anha requested that someone else performs the
Salaah, Nabi still ordered that only Abu Bakr Siddique should be
appointed for this duty.
This meant that in the presence of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique no other
Sahabi had the right to be regarded as the leader upon the Believers.
Here again, I will re-iterate the words of Hazrat Sayyiduna Ali that,
‘When Allah and His Rasool preferred (i.e. have chosen) Hazrat Abu
Bakr Siddique for our Deen, then for our worldly affairs as well we
have preferred him.’
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique was regarded as the most knowledgeable
amongst the Sahaba e Kiraam, and his profound insight and wisdom were
surely the blessing of Nabi . He understood and recognised that which
none other realised till much later. This is evident from the following
Abu Sa’eed Al Khudri reported that Rasoolullah delivered a sermon
to the people, in which he said, Allah has given the option to a
servant (of Allah); to either choose to remain in this world or what is with
Him (i.e. to travel towards Allah’s Special Mercy). The servant has chosen
that which is with Allah (i.e. to journey to His Mercy). (On hearing this)
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique began to weep, and we were all surprised, as
to why he was weeping when the Prophet mentioned about a servant
(of Allah) who was offered a choice, (and only later did we realise) that
Rasoolullah was the one who was given a choice. Hazrat Abu Bakr was
the most knowledgeable amongst us. [Bukhari Shareef, Book –
Companions of the Prophet ]
Allahu Akbar! This showed that Hazrat Abu Bakr had profound
knowledge and understood the words of Nabi Kareem better than
The great scholars like Imam Nawawi have mentioned that Hazrat Ibn
Umar was asked as to who would issue the Decrees in the era of Nabi
Kareem (on the authority of Nabi Kareem ), and he mentioned,
‘Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Umar Radi Allahu Anhuma, as there was no
greater Aalims than them amongst the Sahaba e Kiraam.’ [Taarikh ul
Khulafa of Imam Suyuti]
Ummul Momineen Sayyidatuna A’isha Siddiqa Radi Allahu Anha states,
when the time drew near for the passing away of my beloved father
(Hazrat Abu Bakr ), he asked the people, which day is it today? The
people mentioned to him that it was Monday. He said, ‘If I pass away
tonight, then do not delay my burial until tomorrow, for I love for my
death the day and night which is closer to the day of the passing of
Rasoolullah .’ [Taarikh ul Khulafa of Imam Suyuti]
It is reported from Sayyidatuna A’isha Siddiqa Radi Allahu Anha wherein
she mentions while making his Wasiyah (will) my father, Hazrat Abu Bakr
Siddique mentioned to me during his final illness; O my beloved
daughter! Whatever wealth (property) I possessed will today become the
property of my heirs. From amongst my children are your two brothers;
Abdur Rahman and Muhammad, and your two sisters. Hence, you should
distribute my wealth in accordance with the command of the Holy
Qur’an, and each of you should take your rightful share. Hazrat A’isha
Siddiqa radi Allahu Anha said, O my beloved Father! I have only one sister,
and that is Asma’, so who is this second sister of mine? He said, your
stepmother Habeeba bint Khaarja is expecting a baby, and she is carrying
a girl. She is your second sister.
After Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique passed away, just as he mentioned,
Habeeba bint Khaarja gave birth to baby girl (called Umme Kulthum).
[Muwatta Imam Muhammad]
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique passed from this physical world, according
to most narrations on a Monday the 22nd of Jamaadil Aakhir 13 Hijri at the
age of 63.
It was on this day that the beloved of The Most Beloved journeyed
towards his Beloved and was blessed with greatness and excellence
which none other has attained. He was blessed with resting alongside the
Beloved Rasool in the sacred Chamber of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah .
His Janaazah Salaah was performed by Hazrat Umar e Farooq , and he
was laid to rest next to the Beloved Nabi . The Companion of the Cave
was now the Companion of Sacred Grave.
He has further been blessed with such an honour that when Allah will
raise the people again as per His Divine Will, then the Beloved Rasool
will be the first to rise from his blessed Rauda e Anwar. He will rise with
the hand of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique in his right hand and the hand of
Hazrat Umar e Farooq in his left hand. It is reported by Sayyidatuna
A’isha Radi Allahu Anha that the Beloved Rasool said, ‘Abu Bakr is
from me, and I am from him. Abu Bakr is my brother in the world and the
life of the hereafter.’ [Kanz ul Ummal]
Some Words of Wisdom
“O, People! Those of you who can weep in the fear of Allah should
do so, for the day is near when you will be made to weep” (due to
“The Pious will be taken away from this world, one after the other
and only those will be left behind, who will be as useless as the
skin of wheat or the peals of dates.”
“If one Muslim brother makes Dua for another Muslim brother
only for the sake of attaining the pleasure of Allah, then there is
no doubt that his Dua is accepted.”