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Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Six Featured

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Incident regarding his accepting Islam (continued)

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) then says:

Upon completing my work in Yemen, thereafter I returned to the learned sheikh to bid him farewell. He asked me, “Do you wish to hear some poetry which I have composed in praise of the final messenger?” I agreed and he began reciting a few couplets.

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) further says:

I then set out on my journey returning to Makkah Mukarramah. It was during my journey that prophethood was conferred upon Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Upon my return, the leaders of the Quraish viz. ‘Uqbah bin Abi Mu‘ait, Shaibah, Rabee‘ah, Abu Jahl, Abul Bakhtari and others approached me in a manner as though some great event had occurred.

I asked them, “What is the matter? Have you been afflicted by some calamity? Has something strange occurred?” They replied, “The most shocking of events has occurred - the orphan of Abu Taalib is claiming to be a nabi. Had it not been for you (i.e. your position being so exalted that we felt it appropriate to consult you before taking a decision), we would have certainly not spared him. Since you have now arrived from your journey, you are sufficient in guiding us and explaining to us what to do.”

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) gently brushed them off and enquired regarding the whereabouts of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) was informed that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was in the home of Hazrat Khadeejah (radhiallahu ‘anha).

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) then says:

I knocked on the door and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came out. I then asked, “O Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), I have learnt that you have forsaken the ways of your people, and abandoned the religion of your forefathers?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “O Abu Bakr (Siddeeq)! I am the messenger of Allah Ta‘ala to you and to the entire humanity, so bring Imaan in Allah Ta‘ala.” I then asked, “What is your proof of your being appointed as the messenger of Allah Ta‘ala?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “The learned Sheikh whom you met in Yemen.”

I replied, “There were many learned Sheikhs that I had met in Yemen.” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said, “The learned Sheikh who recited poetry regarding myself, the final messenger.” I then asked, “Who has informed you regarding this, O my beloved friend?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “The greatest of angels (Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam)), who used to visit the Messengers who came before me.”

I then said, “Extend your hand to me (so that I may embrace Islam upon your hands), for indeed I testify that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah Ta‘ala, and that you are His final messenger.”

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) further mentions, “I left the gathering of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and there was no one in the valley of Makkah Mukarramah happier with my embracing Islam than Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

(Usdul Ghaabah 3/22- 23)

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