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Was the believer from the family of Pharaoh better or Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu)?”

 

Once during his caliphate, Ali bin Abi Taaalib (radiAllahu anhu) stood up before the people and delivered the following sermon:

“O people, who is the bravest of all the people?”

Those that were present answered, “You are, O leaders of the Believers.”

 

Ali (radiAllahu anhu) said, “Lo, I never entered into duel with another man except that I came out victorious over him. And yet bravest of all the people was none other than Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu). We once built a command centre for the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and we said, ‘Who will stay with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) so as to prevent the polytheist from attacking him?’ By Allah, not a single one of us approached (to volunteer for the job) except for Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu), who, with his sword unsheathed, stood over the head of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alahi wasallam). Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) then fought against anyone who tried to attack the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), and so, yes, he was the bravest of all the people.

 

I remember the time when I saw the Quraish opposing the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and physically shaking him violently, and all the while they were saying to him, ‘Have you taken our Gods and made them into one God!’ By Allah, not a single one of us stepped forward (to defend him) except for Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu), who struggled against and strucked one man and pushed violently another, and all the while he was saying (to them), ‘Woe upon you, are you fighting against a man because he says:My Lord is Allah?”

Ali (radiAllahu anhu) then lifted the robe he was wearing, and he began to cry until his beard became soaked in tears.

 

He then continued, “I ask you by Allah, was the believer from the family of Pharaoh better or Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu)?” The attendees of the gathering then began to cry along with Ali (radiAllahu anhu), who said,

“By Allah, Abu Bakr for an hour is better than the believer of the family of the Pharaoh even if clones of him were to fill the entire earth: the latter kept his faith a secret, while the former openly proclaimed his faith.”

Al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah (3/271,272)

 

 

Urwah bin az Zubair related that he once asked ibn Amr ibn al Aas to inform him about the worst thing that the polytheist ever did to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), and ibn Amr replied,

“While the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was once praying in the Hijr (one of the sides) of the Ka’bah, ‘Uqbah ibn Abee Mu’eet approached him, wrapped his clothing around his neck, and began to violently choke him. Abu Bakr raced to them and used his shoulder to push Uqbah away from the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

[Al Bukhaaree 3856]

 

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

 

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