Who was Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A)?
The closest companion of Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H), Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A)’s real name was Abdullah. He was born in the noble family of Bani Tamim from the respected tribe of Quraysh in 573 AD. He was a trader by profession and had a flourishing business.
His character and love for the right path
Even before the advent of Islam, Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) was a person with upright morals and was known for his honesty. Since he was Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H)’s friend, he was one of the first people to know about the revelation. He believed his friend (P.B.U.H) immediately, hence receiving the honor of becoming one of the first adults to embrace Islam. He spread the message of righteousness wholeheartedly and had the privilege of directing many men to the path of Islam. He was known for his generosity and this trait of his became evident on countless occasions.
Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H) trusted and loved this companion of his. Abu Bakr (R.A) was the only person who accompanied Prophet (P.B.U.H) when he secretly migrated to Medina. When years later, Prophet (P.B.U.H) left this temporary world, Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) was chosen to be the first Caliph of Islam. Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) said:
“Follow the examples of those after me: Abu Bakr and Umar.” (Tirmidhi)
Loyalty to Islam and Generosity toward the causes of Islam
Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) loved Islam with all his heart. He was loyal to Allah and His Prophet (P.B.U.H) and was willing to do everything in his power in the hours of need.
The battle of Tabuk was the last battle in which Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) participated. This was a battle against a foreign and powerful enemy, and Muslims needed many resources for their journey to Tabuk as well as for the battle. Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) called for Muslims and asked them to help the Ummah in this cause. All the Muslims bested themselves and came forward to help with their money and other resources. When Abu Bakr (R.A) heard about the Prophet (P.B.U.H)’s request, he gathered everything he owned, from money to household items, and donated them for the battle. Prophet (P.B.U.H) asked if he has left anything for his family, to which he replied:
“Allah and His Messenger (P.B.U.H) are enough for them.”
Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H) was very touched by his gesture and said:
“Abu-Bakr has favored me much with his property and company. If I were to take a Khalil (an intimate friend) from mankind I would certainly have taken Abu Bakr.” (Bukhari)
Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) stayed true to his word and proved his loyalty to his religion at every step. He was generous and had firm faith in Allah. He knew his deeds will not be amiss and His Lord will not let him or his family suffer. He loved Allah and trusted Him as the Lord should be trusted.
His life teaches innumerable lessons to Muslims about faith, generosity and high moral values. We should study his life and follow in his footsteps to successfully tread the path of Islam.