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This love of Abu Bakr for Prophet will make you cry and shake us from within for our love to Prophet

 

When there were only 38 Muslims, Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) urged the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to openly preach the message of Islam, but the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) responded by saying, “O Abu Bakr, we are (as of yet) few in number.” Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) continued to urge the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to openly preach until, one day, the Muslims spread out in different parts of the masjid , with each man remaining in the midst of his clan. Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) then stood up to deliver a sermon, while messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) remained seated. On that day Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) became the first person (from this nation) to deliver a sermon in which he invited people unto Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and his messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). The polytheist did not idly listen to the sermon; instead, they became enraged and charged towards Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) and the other Muslims. In various parts of Masjid, the Quraish were giving a severe beating to the Muslims. Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) was both trampled upon and beaten severly; using his shoes , the evildoer Utbah ibn Rabeeah began to viciously strike Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) on his face. So severly was Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) was beaten, and so much blood flowed down his face, that it become difficult to discern between his face and the back of his head.

 

 

 

Had the beating continued, Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) might have died; in fact, even as matters stood, he (radiAllahu anhu) did almost die. But his fellow clansman from Banu Tameem came, although somewhat belatedly, to defend him. They pushed the attacking mob away and carried Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) to his home, feeling certain that he (radiAllahu anhu) had died.

 

 

Members of Banu Tameem clan then returned to the Masjid and proclaimed,

“By Allah, if Abu Bakr dies, we will indeed kill Utbah ibn Rabeeah.”

 

They then returned to Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu), Abu Quhaafah – Abu Bakr’s father – as well as other members of Banu Tameem tried to speak to him until he finally revived at the end of the day and spoke to them. But rather than answer their questions, and rather than worry about his own condition, Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) asked them how Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was doing. Since they were not Muslims, and they cared about Abu Bakr’s welfare particularly because he was from their clan – as opposed to Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) – they were rather upset by what Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) had said, and they reproached him, reminding him that he should be worried about staying alive, for though he had regained consciousness, he was still extremely weak and bruised from the beating he had taken. His fellow clansman urged his mother, Umm al Khair, to give him food and drink. And when the two of them were then left alone together, Umm al Khair implored Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) to partake of some nourishment, but Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) kept  asking about Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). It wasn’t surprising that no one from Banu Teem knew how Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was doing, since it was hard to make out what had happened during the chaotic violence that had just taken place, and since the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was, like Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu), being taken care of by his fellow clansman, the men of Banu Hashim.

 

 

 

“By Allah, I have no knowledge of your companion (i.e, of how he is doing now),” said Umm al Khair. Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) said, “Go to Umm Jameel(radiAllahu anha), the daughter of Al-Khattab (and brother of Umar bin al Khattab), and ask her about him.”

 

 

Umm al Khair likely had a sense of how Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anh) valued the Prophet’s life more than his own, and so she acquiesced and went out in search of Umm Jameel (radiAllahu anha). Upon finding her, Umm al Khair said, “Verily, Abu Bakr asks you about how Muhammed ibn Abdullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is doing.”

 

 

Umm Jameel (radiAllahu anha) said, “I know neither Abu Bakr nor Muhammed ibn Abdullah, but if you want, I will go with you to your son.” Umm al Khair said, “yes,” and the two of them returned to Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu).  They found him to be seriously ill, and they suspected that he was on the verge of dying.

Seeing Abu Bakr’s weak condition, Umm Jameel (radiAllahu anha) approached him and yelled out loud, saying,

“By Allah, those who have done this to you are indeed the people of wickedness and disbelief. Indeed, I hope that Allah takes revenge on them for you.”

 

Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) then asked how the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) doing, to which Umm Jameel (radiAllahu anha) responded,  “Here is your mother, listening to us.” Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) reassured her that she had nothing to worry about regarding his mother.

 

 

 

“He is safe and sound,” said Umm Jameel (radiAllahu anha). Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) asked, “Where is he?” She answered, “In the house of Al Arqam.” Despite his own weakness and need for the rest and nourishment, Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) then made an oath that he would neither eat nor drink before first going to the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and making sure that he was well. But both Umm Jameel (radiAllahu anha) and Umm al Khair delayed him, for they thought it was best to wait for the situation to calm down in the streets. When things did finally calm down, they led Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) to the house of al Arqam, and since he couldn’t walk of his own, he was leaning on them for support.

 

As soon as they entered, the Messenger Of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) hurried towards Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) and kissed him; the other Muslims that were there also hurried to meet Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu). The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was greatly moved by the condition of Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu). Knowing that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was worried about him, Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) said,

“May my Father and Mother be held ransom for you, O Messenger of Allah. The only hurt I feel is a result of the blows that al Faasiq (the evildoer, i.e., Utbah bin Rabeeah) delivered to my face. And here with me is my mother, who is faithful to her son.

 

And you are blessed, so invite her unto Allah, and supplicate to Allah for her, for perhaps, through you, Allah will save her from the hellfire.”

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) supplicated for her and invited her to Allah, and she responded to his invitation by embracing Islam.

 

[As Seerah an Nabawiyyah, by Ibn Katheer, (1/439-441), and Al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah (3/30)]

 

 

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