Cii Radio | 0015 Safar 1436/8 December 2014

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (radiallahu anhu) was Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) closest friend and ally. He was a pillar of support throughout Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) mission. He also became the first Caliph of Islam after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). His love for the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) surpassed all his various attributes.

When you look at Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) you could almost say he was a copy of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He surpassed everyone in generosity, modesty, salaah, Qiraatul Quraan and that is why Ali (radiallahu anhu) said about Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu), “If you think about doing something good then Abu Bakr would have already done it.” What makes Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) amazing is that he was As – Siddiq. He was the person whose honesty was testified by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). By the testimony of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) was the greatest man because whenever he said he believed in something or that he believed in Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) he meant it. There was not only consistency between his words and reality but between his actions and his words whenever he expressed love for Allah and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

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On the day that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) told Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) that he is the last Messenger of Allah, Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) brought some of the giants into Islam, Talha (radiallahu anhu), Zubair (radiallahu anhu), Uthmaan (radiallahu anhu) and Abdurrahman ibn Auf (radiallahu anhu). He accounts for more than half of Al Ashar Mubashireen – the ten companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) that were promised Jannah.

Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) was the man who, whenever Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was being beaten publicly, went and defended Rasulullah (sallallahu alyhi wasallam) although he was not that physically strong. He was beaten to a point where he became physically unconscious. Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) was beaten so badly that whenever his own mother saw him she could not recognise his face. As soon as he woke up he didn’t care about his own health he immediately asked about Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He was not dased and knew exactly what he was doing and what his purpose in life was. He asked, “Where is Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). I want to see the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).” His mother wants to help him, feed him but he says he wants to go to Darul Arkab and see Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to know that he is ok. This was the depth of his love for the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

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Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) goes to the house of Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) and decides that he wants him to accompany him on the Hijrah. At that time Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is the world’s most wanted man, he has a target on his head. The Hijrah was a journey in which they were going to be marked for death and Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) cried out of happiness at being asked to accompany Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Aaisha (radiallahu anha) said she knew some people could cry out of happiness but she never really understood it until she saw her father on that day. Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) cried out of happiness and grabbed Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and said, “I get to be your companion Ya Rasulullah.” He was so happy that he was asked to be with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Even on the Hijrah, when Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) was with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), imagine those moments when they hid in the cave of Thawr and when they were alone and shared what were supposed to be the most horrifying moments but at the same time those were the best moments of Abu Bakr’s (radiallahu anhu) life. When Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was sleeping in the cave, Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) saw a scorpion coming into the cave, he put his foot onto the hole of the cave allowing the scorpion to bite deep into his foot because he did not want to wake Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Even with the scorpion biting into his foot Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) did not shriek, his tears fell onto Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) which awakened him. Even on the journey when they stopped at a house, having had nothing to drink for days and finally receiving a chance to drink some milk to satisfy their thirst and hunger, Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) said, “My beloved one drink until I became full,” until his thirst was quenched, just by looking at Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) drinking.

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Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) loved Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) so much. In a poem Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) wrote about Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), “My beloved one became sick so I visited him. I became sick because I saw him sick. Whenever Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) got better and my beloved one visited me because I was sick, I looked at the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and I too became healthy.” This is how much he loved Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and this is why Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) always praised Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) and even at the end of his life, when Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) stood in the Masjid to give one of his final speeches and Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) understood that one of the implications of that speech was that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was going to die, he burst into tears and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Close all the gates of all the other Sahabah to the Masjid except for the gate of Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu). We have been able to repay everyone who has done something for us but I have never been able to repay Abu Bakr As – Siddiq (radiallahu anhu), I could never pay him back,” because Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) loved Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) so much, more than himself.

When Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) worked so hard for so long to try and invite his father, Abu Quhafa, to Islam and he finally accepted, Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) in what was supposed to be one of the most joyous moments of his life, started to cry. When asked why he was crying, he said because I remembered my beloved one (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) when Abu Taalib, his uncle was passing away, how much Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) wanted Abu Taalib to be Muslim but Abu Taalib did not accept Islam and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was so hurt because of that, Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) said, “I wish Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) could live these moments instead of me.”

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Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) wakes up at the age of 63 tears old on a Monday and he realises that he has a fever and that he is about to die on the same day that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) passed away, at the same age as Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) passed away, he asks his family to shroud him in the same clothes that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was shrouded in and so for the rest of the existence of this world Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) would be buried right next to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and his head would rest right next to the shoulder of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

We learn from this that the love Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) had for our beloved Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was the true love we should have for the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhiwasallam). Loving Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) will inshaAllah earn us his (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) companionship on the Day of Judgement – loving him, following him, living like him. Without true love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and love for Allah SWT we will not be able to attain the lofty position in Jannatul Firdaus – the highest level of Jannah.