ABU BAKR (Radhiallahu anhu) – A Symbol of Loyalty
He was the Prophet’s (ﷺ) friend who was promised jannah. The brave man of bad days…
To be Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu) was to be the most giving, most enduring, and most loyal. It’s easy to submit to faith when everyone is running to Islam, but what makes Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu) who he was is that he was of the firsts… Because at the time to believe in our Prophet (ﷺ) meant that your punishment could be torture, poverty or even death… Even in the most difficult of times Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu) was always at the front row. He had spent all his wealth in the name of Islam.
Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu) was a luminous person in those times of savagery when the sun of prophethood had not illuminated the world yet.
He had never worshipped any idols that were lifeless and unconscious and that could not help or harm anybody or themselves. He did not practice the customs of Jahiliyya Era like drinking alcohol and gambling. He was a person that was loved and respected by everybody in Makkah. He was rich and estimable. He was a tradesman. He liked helping the poor.
As Aisha (radhiallahu anha) put it, no event in the world made our Prophet (peace be upon him) happier than Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu), a reliable, respectable and notable person of his tribe, accepting Islam.
As a matter of face, the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated the following later : “Everyone whom I invited to Islam, with the exception of Abu Bakr, paused, hesitated, or was astonished. However, when I explained Islam to him, he neither paused nor hesitated.” [al-Bidaya, 3: 30; Sirah, 1: 269]
Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu) opened his heart and mind, which were already ready, to Islam.
He gave himself wholly to the grace and abundance of the divine truths that he had been seeking and expecting. He never stayed away from the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and was looking forward to listening to the new divine revelations.
This friendship continued until the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) died. He did not leave the Prophet (peace be upon him) even for a moment. He married his daughter Aisha (radhiallahu anha) off to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), strengthening this friendship.
The quality that enabled him to be called “Siddiq” (truthful, loyal) was his unique loyalty and adherence to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him).
After becoming the Caliph, Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu) started to fulfill meticulously the duties incumbent on him and as a necessity of his loyalty to the Prophet (peace be upon him).
Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu) kept the compilled Quran with him until he died.
May Allah allow us to be loyal muslims like Abu Bakr (radhiallahu anhu) till our very last breath.