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Abu Bakr’s (radiAllahu anhu) acceptance of Islam and the happiness of our Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

 

Like every other member of the Quraish, Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) knew that the Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)  was trustworthy and honest; but he knew him more intimately than did other members of the Quraish, and he came to know him from his other wonderful qualities as well. Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) knew that Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was so honest that he would not lie even about small matters, never mind about the honor of the other people; he consequently knew that it was impossible for Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to lie about Allah. [1]

 

 

Upon inviting Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) to Islam, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

“Verily, I am the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and His Prophet.  He Sent me (to invite others) to worship Allah alone, and He has no partner. So worship Allah alone and know that your loyalty is based on your obedience to Allah.

 

Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) responded by immediately embracing Islam and pledging to help and support the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), a pledge that he then continued to fulfill untill the end of his life.

 

Years later, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said to his companions, “Verily, when Allah sent me to you, you said (to me), ‘You are lying (here, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was off course was referring to those members of Quraish who had initially disbelieved in him)’; meanwhile, Abu Bakr Said (about me), ‘He has spoken the truth.’ He then consoled me by sacrificing (for the cause of Islam) his self and his wealth. So will you not then leave alone my companion for me (and abstain from bothering or harming me)?”

The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) repeated these words twice. [2]

 

 

Ibn Abbas (radiAllahu anhu) said,

“The first person to pray (other than Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was Abu Bakr.”

 

 

Imam Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) mentioned the  various views about who accepted Islam first and then he wrote,

“Khadijah (radiAllahu anhu) was the first women to embrace Islam;

Zaid ibn Haarithah (radiAllahu anhu) was the first freed slave to embrace Islam;

and Ali ibn Abi Taalib (radiAllahu anhu) was the first child to embrace Islam – for he was young child at that time: he had not even reached the age of puberty. All of the above mentioned people constituted, at the time, the members of Prophet’s household.

 

And finally, Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) was the first free man to embrace Islam. [3]

 

 

The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was overjoyed when Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) embraced Islam. Aaisha (radiAllahu anhu) said,

“After the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was done presenting his Islam to Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu), and after Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) embraced Islam, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) walked away, happier at that moment than any one else in Makkah; and his happiness stemmed from the fact that Abu BAkr (radiAllahu anhu) had just embraced Islam. [4]

 

References:

[1] Taareekh ad Da’wah fee Ahd al Khulafaa Ar-Raashidoon (pg44)

[2] Al Bujhaaree, kitaab fadail ashaab an Nabee (3661)

[3] Al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah (3/26,28)

[4] Al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah (3/29)

 

[Taken from: The Biograpgy of Abu Bakr as Siddeeq by Dr Ali Muhammed Muhammed as Sallaabee, pg52-53]

 

 

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