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Abu Bakr As-Siddiq: Man for All Ages

Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was known for his good and upright nature.

By Abdul Wahid Hamidi / 05 Nov 2013

He is `Abullah ibn `Uthman ibn `Amir ibn `Amr from a branch of the Quraysh tribe. His father, `Uthman, was known as Abu Quhafa. His mother, Salma, was also known as Umm Al-Khayr.

From his early years, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was known for his good and upright nature. He was honest and truthful and came from a noble family. These things won him respect among the people. His goodness also won him the friendship of young Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The two became fast friends in early boyhood. The friendship was to prove lifelong and history making.

When he grew up, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) became a rich merchant, but he remained very kindhearted. When he saw someone in trouble, his heart melted and he did his best to help him. If his money could remove suffering, he did not care how much he had to spend. Once he gave away 35 thousand dirhams out of his total fortune of 40 thousand. He was so honest in his dealings that people kept their money with him. But above all, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) had a sincere heart and a firm will. Nothing could stop him from doing what he thought was the right thing to do.

When the Makkans were intent on putting out, once and for all, the light of Islam, Allah commanded the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to move to Madinah. In the burning heat of the midday sun, there was a knock at Abu Bakr's door. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) sought permission to enter, and after everyone else had left the room, he told Abu Bakr, "I must leave for Madinah tonight."

“Will I also have the honor of going with you?”asked Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) eagerly. “Of course,” came the reply. “Get things ready.”

Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was beside himself with joy. “I have been looking forward to this day for months,” he exclaimed. "I have kept two camels specifically to carry us to Madinah.”

It was Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) who made all the arrangements for the historic journey. For three days he and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) lay hidden in the cave of Thawr. Abu Bakr's slave tended flocks of goats near the cave all day and supplied them fresh milk for food. His son `Abdullah brought news about what the Makkans were doing.

The Makkans were searching for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) like mad hounds. Once they came right to the mouth of the cave. Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) grew pale, fearing not for himself, but for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). However, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) remained perfectly calm. "Do not fear," he said to Abu Bakr. "Certainly Allah is with us."

Of all the companions, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) had the honor of being with the Prophet during the most critical days of his life. Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) knew full well what this honor meant and did full justice to the trust put in him.

After the Prophet’s death, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was chosen as the caliph. He served for only two years, three months, and ten days before he, too, passed away. During this short period, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was able to do great things for Islam that made his name immortal and placed him among the greatest men of all times.  

 

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