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Abu Bakr to his son: “I would not have veered away from you.”

 

When the fighting began in earnest, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam left his command post and descended to the battlefield. Rousing his troops to fight bravely, the messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam proceeded to set an example for them by entering into the thick of the battle. He sallallahu alaihi wasallam fought intensely on that day, and throughout the battle, Abu Bakr radiAllahu anhu remained close by his side, eager to fight any polytheist that appeared before him, even if that meant fighting against his own son.

 

For on that day, his son Abdur Rahmaan was fighting alongside the polytheists. Happily for Abdur Rahmaan, however his father did not see him that day on the battlefield.

 

Later on, when he embraced Islam, Abdur Rahmaan radiAllahu anhu said to his father,

“You appeared before me as a clear target on the Day of Badr. But I veered away from you, opting not to kill you.”

 

Abu Bakr radiAllahu anhu replied, “But had you appeared before me as a clear target, I would not have veered away from you.”

[Taareekh al Khulafaa, by As-Suyootee, page94]

 

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