Abu Bakr’s (ra) Virtues

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  • ‘Amr ibn al-‘As radiyallahu ‘anh related, “I asked the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, ‘Who is the most beloved to you?’ ‘‘Aishah,’ he replied. I asked, ‘From the men?’ ‘Her father,’ he replied. (Sahih Bukhari)

  • The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “No wealth ever benefited me like the wealth of Abu Bakr did. And if I were to take a khaleel (close friend), I would have taken Abu Bakr as a khaleel; but your companion is certainly the khaleel of Allah.” (Saheeh al-Jami’)

  • He was given glad tidings of Jannah while he was still in this world.

  • The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam once mentioned that people would be called to enter Jannah from different doors, based on the deeds they used to do such as salah, jihad, giving sadaqah etc. Abu Bakr radiyallahu ‘anh then asked if anyone would be called from all of them. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam replied, “Yes. And I hope that you will be one of them.” (Sahih Muslim)

  • The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam once asked, “Who of you started this day fasting?” “I did,” Abu Bakr replied. He asked, “Who of you followed a janazah today?”  “I did,” Abu Bakr replied. He asked, “Who of you fed a poor person today?”  “I did,” Abu Bakr replied. He asked “Who of you visited a sick person today?”  “I did,” Abu Bakr replied. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then said, “These things do not gather in a person except that he will enter Jannah.” (Sahih Muslim)

  • Abu Bakr radiyallahu ‘anh related, “I was with the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam in the cave when I saw the footsteps of the mushrikoon. I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, if one of them were to lift up his feet, he would see us!’ He said, ‘What do you think of two people, the third of whom is Allah?‘” (Sahih Bukhari).

  • When the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam was in his final illness, he said, “Command Abu Bakr to lead the people in salah.” (Sahih Bukhari)

  • ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud radiyallahu ‘anh said, ‘Mannallahu ‘alainaa bi Abee Bakr – Allah conferred a favour upon us by Abu Bakr.

(Shaikh Riyad Walls)


Abu Bakr’s (ra) Three Beloved Things

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  • Abu Bakr radiyallahu ‘anh said to the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, “I love three things: looking at you, sitting with you, and spending my wealth on you”.

(Shaikh Riyad Walls)

Abu Bakr (ra)

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  • He was born three years after the Year of the Elephant and came from a noble family.

  • He was fair-skinned (yellowish) and was very thin.

  • He had four wives: Qatilah, Umm Ruman, Asma’ bin Umaish and Habibah radiyallahu ‘anhunna.

  • He had six children: AbdurRahman, Abdullah, Muhammad, Aishah, Asma and Umm Kulthum radiyallahu ‘anhum.

  • He was famous for his knowledge of lineage, for his bravery and for his trading, and was loved by his people.

  •  He never drank wine and never prostrated to an idol. .

  • He was the first adult male to believe, the first to make salah with the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, the first to be oppressed for the sake of Islam, and the first to defend Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.


  • Some of the Sahabah radiyallahu ‘anhum who accepted Islam because of his da’wah were: Uthman, Zubair, Talhah, Sa’d, ‘AbdurRahman and al-Arqam  radiyallahu ‘anhum.

(Shaikh Riyad Walls)

Three Types of Generosity

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There are 3 types of generosity:

  1. al-Karam. It is to give a little and to keep most of what you have.
  2. as-Sakha. It is to give most of what you have and to keep a little.
  3. al-Eethaar. It is to give everything and to keep nothing.

  • Abu Bakr (ra) had the third quality. On many occasions he gave everything he had for the cause of Islam. Once when he did so, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam asked what he had left behind for his family. He replied, “Abqaituhum Allahu wa Rasooluh – I’ve left behind for them Allah and His Messenger.”

(Shaikh Riyad Walls)

Abu Bakr’s Names (ra)

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A person has three titles:

  1. His ism (name).
  2. His kunyah (the father of so-and-so).
  3. His laqab (nickname).

  • Abu Bakr’s (ra) name was ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Uthman. His ancestry joins that of Rasulullah’s sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam at the 6th grandfather i.e. Murrah ibn Ka’b al-Qurashi.

  • His kunyah was Abu ‘Abdirrahman (the father of ‘Abdurrahman)

  • His laqab was Abu Bakr. Some of his other nicknames were:
    1. al-‘Ateeq (the one who is freed from the Fire). The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam gave him this nickname, when he said to him, “Anta ‘ateequllahu minan naar – You are Allah’s freed one from the Fire.” (Sunan Tirmidhi).
    2. as-Siddeeq (the truthful one). This is mentioned in the Qur’an: “Walladhee jaa-a bis sidqi wa saddaqa bih – And he who brings the Truth and he who confirms (and supports) it.” (39: 33)
    3. as-Sahib (the companion). “Idh yaqoolu li saahibihi laa tahzan – When he said to his companion, ‘Do not grieve.‘” (9: 40)
    4. al-Atqa (the one with the most taqwa). “Wa sayujannabuhal atqaa – And away from it shall be kept the one who guards most (against evil).” (92: 17)

(Shaikh Riyad Walls)

The Essence of Worship

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  • Hadith: “ad Du’aa mukh-khul ‘ibaadah – Dua (supplication) is the essence of worship.” (Sunan at-Tirmidhi)

  • This is because du’aa showcases the true relationship between us and Allah ta’ala:
    1. He is as-Samad, meaning: Yaftaqiru kullu shai-in ilaih, wa laa yaftaqiru ilaa shai’ – Everything is in need of Him, and He is in need of nothing.
    2. We are in need of Him: “Yaa ayyuhan naasu antumul fuqaraa-u ilallah – O mankind, you are those in need of Allah.” (35: 15)

(Shaikh Riyad Walls)

Greet Your Way to Paradise

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  1. Greet one another.
  2. If you do that, you will love another.
  3. If you love one another, you will be safe on the Day of Qiyamah.

  • Hadith: “Laa tadkhuloonal jannata hattaa tu’minoo, wa laa tu’minoo hattaa tahaabboo. A wa laa adullukum ‘alaa shai-in  idhaa fa’altumoohu tahaababtum? Afshus salaama bainakum – You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you will not believe until you love another. Shall I not guide you to something that, should you do it, you will love one another? Spreading the greetings of peace amongst you.” (Sahih Muslim)

  • Those who love one another for the sake of Allah: wajabat lahumul Jannah – Jannah becomes compulsory for them. It’s mentioned in a hadith that one of the categories of people who will be shaded under the Throne of Allah on the Day of Qiyamah are people who love one another for the sake of Allah. (Link)

(Shaikh Riyad Walls)

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