The First Caliph of Islam
Without doubt the closest friend of our Beloved Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم since his youth. Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه was truthful and noble. He was sincere and soft hearted. He keenly felt the sufferings of others and very often helped the poor and the needy, the distressed and downtrodden.
He رضي الله عنه never drank liquor even before Islam. Oh, how excellent was the character of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه !
Being the first man to accept Islam Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه shared a closer bond to the prophet than any other man. When Islam was presented him, he immediately accepted the message of Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم without a second thought.
Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه delivered the first sermon near the ka’bah, inviting people o the Truth. The disbelievers were enraged by this and fell on the Muslims from all sides. Despite the fact that Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه was considered to be the noblest of all the people in Makkah, he was not spared in the least bit. He was assaulted so severely that blood covered him. He was kicked, thrashed with shoes, trampled and handled most roughly and savagely. He became unconscious !
In that condition just look at the love Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه had for the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم that when he gained consciousness, as soon as he opened his eyes his first and only enquiry was regarding the prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم. He was not at peace until he knew that the prophet was safe. His love and respect for Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم was unbounded and unmatched.
When Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم returned from the miraculous journey of Mi’raj, those who heard of this, went to Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه and asked him if he would believe that Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم had visited Jerusalem, the seven heavens and returned to Makkah in a portion of the night. He رضي الله عنه immediately replied. “If he (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said so then it is an absolute Truth”. They again asked Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه, and he confirmed his belief once again. For this Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم named him “As-Siddiq” meaning the most Truthful and sincere person in Faith, not having even slightest doubt.
He was given the honour of accompanying Rasullullah صلي الله عليه وسلم during the hijrah, from Makkah to Madinah. When Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم informed Abu Bakr that he will accompany Him (s.a.w), he began weeping out of joy. He then personally made preparations for the journey.The Qur’aan makes mention of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه during the hijrah as the second of the two in the cave (of Thour).
His daughter Aisha (RA) married Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم, thus giving Abu Bakr the honour of being the father-in-law of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم
Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه spent most of his money for the cause of Allah. Whether it be in freeing tortured muslim slaves at the inception of Islam in Makkah, in the various battles and expeditions and in the construction of masaajid. Infact, It was none other than Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه who paid for the land wherein Masjid un Nabawi was built, in Madinah. Remarkably, he رضي الله عنه then participated in the construction of the masjid like an ordinary labourer with others.
On the demise of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم whilst Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه himself was extremely grieved. The muslim nation in confusion and despair. It was Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه who consoled the Muslim, he held the banner of Islam and followed the example of the holy prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم.
He was the first khalifa (leader) of the muslims. His duty so mammoth as he, being an ordinary man, had to take over from a prophet. Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه, proved that he was no ordinary man, but the best of men ! He led the muslims with excellence. He precisely followed the way of Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم like no other.
He passed away in the year 13 A.H . Infact even the resting place of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه
is one to marvel at, since he is buried next to the prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم in Masjidun-Nabawi Shareef (Madinah).