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  • All praise belongs to Allah 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.

    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, coincidentally I had much wealth that day. I said to myself that if I was to beat 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 left for them Allah and His Prophet.”

    Sayyiduna Umar Radi Allahu Anhu said, “I will never surpass 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]

    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 deny those who dispute over you O Abu Bakr.”

    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.” [Ibn ‘Addi, Al-Tabarani in Al-Kabir and others]

    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.” [‘Abdullah ibn Imam Ahmed in Zawid Al-Musnad, Al-Daylami and others]

    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.” [Al-Daylami]

    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.” [Abu Nu’aym]

    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.” [Abu Dawood and others. Authenticated by Al-Hakim by a different chain]

    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.” [Al-Daylami]

    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.”

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

    “I saw the Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) walking in front of Abu Bakr. So I asked, “Do you walk after him and he is better than you?” (He replied) “Abu Bakr is better than what the sun risen or set upon.”

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

    “Do you walk after him and he is better than you?” “Do you not know that the sun does not rise or set on anyone better than Abu Bakr? The sun has not risen or set upon anyone better than Abu Bakr except the Prophets and the Messengers.”

    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.” [Muslim and Al-Bukhari]

    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 on he who says, “I am first.” Allah and the believers deny all except Abu Bakr.”

    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.” [Al-Daylami]

    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.”

    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.” [Al-Harith ibn Abi Usamah]

    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.” [Al-Tabarani in Al-Kabir]

    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.” [As-Suyuti, Ibn ‘Adi and Ibn ‘Asakir]

    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 20]

    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 340]

    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.’ [Fatawa Ridawiyyah, Vol. 8, Page 610-612]

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