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Apr 30, 2014

Virtues of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr, The Truthful (Radi Allahu Anhu)

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All praise belongs to Allah, Who blessed us with His Noble Apostle (countless salutations of peace and blessings be upon him), and Who made our Master Abu Bakr, the truthful, the best of this nation and raised his rank above all ranks lofty by certainty and truthfulness. I praise Him with the praise of creation. I testify that there is no deity except Allah, the One, He has no partner, speech that widens every restriction, I testify that Muhammad is his servant, his messenger, the Prophet of mercy (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him), his family, his companions, his partners, his offspring and those worthy of guidance and success.

Following are Twenty Two (22) Ahadith (Sacred Traditions) out of many, in accordance to the 22nd Jumada al-Aakhir, the date of his Wisaal (passing away), chosen to be read, memorized and shared for whoever desires piety. I ask Allah to benefit us by connection to him and to gather us and you in the Dar Al-Zalafa (the house of proximity) with him, with Muhammad (may Allah bestow peace and blessings be upon him and his family) O Allah accept, O Allah accept, O Allah accept.


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1. Shaykh Ibn ‘Abdi Rabbihi narrates in his book Bahjat al-Majaalis that the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) has said:


“A throne will be placed near the siraat (bridge) on the Day of Judgement. An Angel will appear and will stand on its first step. The Angel will announce, “O Muslims! Those who have recognized me have indeed recognized me, and those who have not then they should know that I am the Maalik of the hellfire. I have been ordered by Allah to hand over the keys of hell to Muhammad and Muhammad has ordered me to hand over the keys to Abu Bakr. Yes! Yes! Bear witness! Bear Witness!”

Then a second Angel will come and will stand on the second step of the throne and will say, “O Muslims! Those who have recognized me have indeed recognized me, and those who have not then they should know that I am Ridwan of Jannah . I have been ordered by Allah to hand over the keys of paradise to Muhammad and it is the order of Muhammad that I hand over the keys to Abu Bakr. Yes! Yes! Bear witness! Bear Witness!”

(This hadith has also been mentioned by Allama Ibrahim bin Abdullah al-Madani al-Shafi’i in the seventh chapter, Al-Tahqiq fi Fadli Al-Siddiq, in his book, Al-Iktifa Fi Fadli al-Arba’ati al-Khulafa.)

2. Ameer al-Mu’mineen Umar al-Farooq Radi Allahu Anhu narrated that


When the Prophet of Allah asked us to give Sadaqah, I had much wealth that day. I said to myself that if I was to surpass  Abu Bakr Siddiq, then this is the day. I brought half of my wealth to the Prophet. The Prophet asked, “What have you left for you family?” I said, “I have left some for them.” “But how much?” the Prophet asked. I replied, “The same amount.”

Then Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddiq Radi Allahu Anhu came with all of his wealth. The Prophet asked, “What have you left for your family?” He replied, “I have kept for them (the support of) Allah and His Prophet.”

Sayyiduna Umar Radi Allahu Anhu said, “I will never compete with Abu Bakr.”


(Narrated by Darimi, Abu Da’ud, Tirmidhi and said that this is a Hasan and Sahih Hadith. Also narrated by Nasa’i, ibn Abi ‘Asim, ibn Shahin in his Sunnan, Hakim in Mustadrik, Abu Nu’aym in al-Hilya, Baihaqi in Sunan and Diya in al-Mukhtar. All narrated from Ameer al-Mu’mineen Umar Radi Allahu Anhu.)

3. The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) said:


“No wealth has benefited me much like the wealth of Abu Bakr.” Hearing this Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddiq RadiAllahu Anhu cried and said: “No one owns my life or my wealth except you O Messenger of Allah!” (Narrated by Ahmad in his Musnad, through a Sahih chain, from Abu Hurairah RadiAllahu Anhu). [Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, narrated from Abu Hurairah Radi Allahu Anhu, (Al-Maktab al-Islamiy, Beirut), Vol. 2, Page 253, Hadith 7264]

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4. Sayyidah Aa'isha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Allah and the believers reject those who dispute regarding you, O Abu Bakr.” [Musnad Imam Ahmad, Vol. 40, Page 236, Hadith 24199]

5. Sayyiduna ‘Ikramah ibn ‘Amar reports from Iyas ibn Salamah ibn Al-Ikawa’ from his father that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Abu Bakr is the best of my nation after me, except if there would be a prophet.” [Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 11, Page 549, Hadith 32578]

6. Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Abu Bakr is my companion, my friend in the cave, so know him for this. If I were to take a bosom friend I would have taken Abu Bakr.” [Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 11, Page 551, Hadith 32589]

7. Sayyidah Aa'isha (may Allah be pleased with her) reports that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Abu Bakr is from me and I am from him. Abu Bakr is my brother in the world and the afterlife.”
[Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 11, Page 544, Hadith 32550]

8. Sayyidah Aa'isha (may Allah be pleased with her) reports that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Allah has given salvation to Abu Bakr from the fire.” [Ma'rifati as-Sahaba li Abi Nu’aym, Hadith 54]

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9. Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Jibrael came to me and took me by the hand then showed me the door of paradise from which my nation will enter.” Abu Bakr said, “I would love to be with you when you see it.” He replied, “As for you O Abu Bakr you shall be the first of my nation to enter paradise.” [Sunan Abi Dawood, Vol. 4, Page 213, Hadith 4652]

10. Sayyiduna Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Jibrael came to me I asked, “Who shall I emigrate with?” He said, “Abu Bakr he will lead your nation after you and he is the best of your nation.” [Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 11, Page 551, Hadith 32588]

11. Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Jibrael came to me and said, “O Muhammad, Allah has ordered you to consult Abu Bakr.” [Fawa'id Tamam al-Razi, Vol. 2, Page 183, Hadith 1478]

12. Sayyiduna Abu Al-Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) said,


“The Holy Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) saw a man walking in front of Abu Bakr, so he said to him, "Do you walk ahead of a man, and he is better than you? Indeed Abu Bakr is better than anything what the sun has risen or set upon.” [Fada'il as-Sahaba li Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Vol. 1, Page 154, Hadith 137]

Taken from Abu Nu’aym, on the virtue of the companions, who narrates as follows,


“Do you walk ahead of him and he is better than you?” “Do you not know that the sun has not risen or set upon anyone better than Abu Bakr except the Prophets and the Messengers?” [Hilyat al-Awliya, Vol. 2, Page 325, Hadith 4421]

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13. Sayyiduna Amr ibn Al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“The woman I love the most is Aa'isha and from the men is Abu Bakr.” [Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 12, Page 133, Hadith 34350]

14. Sayyidah Aa'isha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


Call Abu Bakr (your father) and your brother so I can dictate a letter - as I fear the claim of one who says, “I am first.” Allah and the believers do not accept (for Caliphate) anyone, except Abu Bakr.” [Sahih Muslim, Vol. 4, Page 1857, Hadith 2387]

15. Sayyiduna Samarah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“I was instructed to consult Abu Bakr first.” [Fada'il as-Sahaba li Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Vol. 1, Page 404, Hadith 623]

16. Sayyiduna Abu Sa’eed (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Allah gave a servant the choice between the world and what is with him, so the servant chose what Allah has.” Abu Bakr wept, he said, “O Abu Bakr do not weep you are the most faithful of the people in your companionship and your wealth. If I were to take a bosom friend other than my Lord I would have taken Abu Bakr as a friend and moreover the brotherhood of Islam is friendship. Do not leave an open door in the masjid except for the door of Abu Bakr.” [Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Page 100, Hadith 466]

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17. Sayyiduna Mu’adh (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Allah the Exalted dislikes, in heaven, that Abu Bakr is offended.” [Fada'il as-Sahaba li Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Vol. 1, Page 421, Hadith 659]

18. Sayyiduna Samarah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said,


“Abu Bakr has the first opinion and his sound opinion is a share of Prophethood.” [Tabarani, Mu'jam al-Kabeer, Vol. 7, Page 260, Hadith 7057]

19. Sayyiduna Anas (Radi Allahu Anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said to Sayyiduna Hassan ibn Thabit (Radi Allahu Anhu),


“Do you have anything on Abu Bakr?” He said, “Yes.” He replies, “Speak so I can hear.” He replies,

“The second of two in the lofty cave, the enemy encircle when they climbed the mountain,
the love of the Messenger of Allah was known by creation that cannot be equal to this man.”

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) smiled until his molars showed then said, “O Hassan! He is as you said.” [Tabaqat al-Kubra li Ibn Sa'ad, Vol. 3, Page 129, Hadith 3252]

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20. It is narrated by Hibr-ul-Ummah, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas (Radi Allahu Anhu) that,


‘Once the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) and his companions went into a pond. The Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) said, ‘Everybody swim to his closest friend.’ So they all did and then only the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) and Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (Radi Allahu Anhu) were left. Rasulullah moved towards Sayyiduna Abu Bakr embraced him and said, ‘If I were to make anyone my Khalil it would be Abu Bakr however he is my closest friend.’ [Al-Mu’jam al-Kabir, Vol. 11, Page 621, Hadith 11676]

21. Sayyiduna Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah (Radi Allahu Anhu) has narrated,


‘Once we were present in the service of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) when he said, ‘Right now, a person is about to appear in front of you who has been made the best and most noble after me and his intercession will be like the intercession of the Prophets. We were present and then we saw that Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddiq (Radi Allahu Anhu) appeared. The Prophet of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) stood up, kissed him and then embraced him.’ [Tarikh-e-Baghdad, Vol. 3, Page 124, Hadith 1141]

22. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas (Radi Allahu Anhu) narrates,


‘I saw the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) standing with the Leader of the Believers, Sayyiduna Ali, when Sayyiduna Abu Bakr arrived. The Beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) greeted him, embraced him and kissed him on the face. Sayyiduna ‘Ali said, ‘The Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) kissed the face of Abu Bakr’ The Blessed Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) replied, ‘O Abul Hasan The status of Abu Bakr in my court is similar to my status in the court of Allah.’ [Ar-Riyad an-Nadra fi Manaqib al-'Ashara, Vol. 1, Page 76]

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Countless salutations be upon the eye and ear of the Ministry;
The most truthful and the chief of the pious (Abu Bakr).

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