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‏فضائل الصحابة‏ (The Virtues of the Companions)
CHAPTER: THE MERITS OF ABU BAKR SIDDIQ (ALLAAH BE PLEASED WITH HIM)  

No. 5868

Anas b. Malik reported that Abu Bakr Siddiq reported him thus: I saw the feet of the polytheists very close to us as we were in the cave. I said: Allaah's Messenger, if one amongst them were to see at his feet he would have surely seen us. Thereupon he said: Abu Bakr, what can befall twain who have Allaah as the third One with them.

No. 5869

Abu Sa'id reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) sat on the pulpit and said: Allaah gave a choice to His servant that he may opt the beauties of the world or that which is with Him and the servant chose that which was with Him. Thereupon Abu Bakr wept and he wept bitterly and said: Let our fathers and our mothers be taken as ransom for you. It was Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) who had been given the choice and Abu Bakr knew it better than us, and Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said: Behold, of all people the most generous toward me in regard to his companionship and his property was Abu Bakr and were I to choose anyone as my bosom friend, I would have chosen Abu Bakr as my dear friend, but (for him) I cherish Islamic brotherliness and love. There shall be left open no window in the mosque except Abu Bakr's window.

No. 5870

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Abu Sa'id Khudri through another chain of transmitters.

No. 5871

'Abdullah b. Mas'ud reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: If I were to choose a bosom friend I would have definitely chosen Abu Bakr as my bosom friend, but he is my brother and my companion and Allaah, the Exalted and Gliorious. has taken your brother and companion (meaning Prophet himself) as a friend.

No. 5872

Abdullah reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: If I were to choose from my Umma anyone as my bosom friend, I would have chosen Abu Bakr.

No. 5873

'Abdullah reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: If I were to choose as my bosom friend I would have chosen the son of Abu Quhafa (Abu Bakr) as my bosom friend.

No. 5874

Abdullah reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: If I were to choose amongst the people of earth someone as my bosom friend, I would have chosen the son of Abu Quhafa as my friends but God has taken your companion as a friend.

No. 5875

This hadith has been narrated through another chain of transmitters and the one narrated on the authority of Abdullah (the words are):" Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said: Behold I am free from the dependence of all bosom friends and if I were to choose anyone as bosom friend I would have taken Abu Bakr as my bosom friend. Allaah has taken your companion as a friend.

No. 5876

'Amr b. al-'As reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) sent him in command of the army despatched to Dhat-as-Salasil. When 'Amr b. al-'As came back to the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) he said: Who amongst people are dearest to you? He said: A'isha. He then said: Who amongst men? He said: Her father, and I said: And who next? He said: Umar. He then enumerated some other men.

No. 5877

Ibn Abu Mulaika reported: I heard A'isha as saying and she was asked as to whom Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) would have nominated his successor if he had to nominate one at all. She said: Abu Bakr. It was said to her: Then whom after Abu Bakr? She said: Umar. It was said to her. Then whom after 'Umar? She said: Abu Ubaida b. Jarrab, and then she kept quiet at this.

No. 5878

Muhammad b. Jubair b. Mut'im reported on the authority of his father that a woman asked Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) about something but lit, told her to come to him on some other occasion, whereupon she said: What in your opinion (should I do) if I come to you but do not find you, and it seemed as if she meant that he might die. Thereupon he said: If you do not find me, then come to Abu Bakr.

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Jubair b. Mut'im through another chain of transmitters (and the words are) that a woman came to Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and discussed with him something and he gave a command as we find in the above-mentioned narration.

No. 5879

A'isha reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) in his (last) illness asked me to call Abu Bakr, her father, and her brother too, so that he might write a document, for he feared that someone else might be desirous (of succeeding him) and that some claimant may say: I have better claim to it, whereas Allaah and the Faithful do not substantiate the claim of anyone but that of Abu Bakr.

No. 5880

Abu Huraira reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Who amongst you is observing fastthis day? Abu Bake said: It is I. He (again) said: Who amongst you has followed the bier today? Abu Bakr said: It is I. He (the Prophet) again said: Who amongst you has served food to the needy? Abu Bakr said: It is I. He (again) said: Who amongst you has today visited the sick? Abu Bakr said: It is I. Thereupon Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: He must get into Paradise who combines in himself (all these noble qualities and virtues).

No. 5881

Abu Huraira reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: A person had been driving an ox loaded with luggage. The ox looked towards him and said: I have not been created for this but for lands (i. e. for ploughing the land and for drawing out water from the wells for the purpose of irrigating the lands). The people said with surprise and awe: Hallowed be Allaah, does the ox speak? Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: I believe it and so do Abu Bakr and 'Umar. Abu Huraira reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: A shepherd was tendirig the flock when a wolf came there and took away one goat. Tile shepherd pursued it (the wolf) and rescued it (the goat) from that (wolf). The wolf looked towards him and said: Who would save it on the day when there will be no shepherd except me? Thereupon people said: Hallowed be Allaah I Thereupon Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: I believe in it and so do Abu Bakr and Umar believe.

No. 5882

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Ibn Shihab with the same chain of transmitters, but there is no mention of the story pertaining to the ox.

No. 5883

This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Zuhri, and there is a clear mention of the stories of ox and goat (and the words are): I believe in it and so do Abu Bakr and Umar, but they were not at that time present there.

No. 5884

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira through another chain of transrritters.




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