The Story of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Ra) (Part-1)

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Under the blaze of the hot sun in Makkah, and on its hot sands, Abu Quhafah walked with his son Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) to the room of Idols in the Ka’bah. Abu Quhaafah then stopped and said to his son: “O my son, these are your Gods. Prostrate to it. Thereafter the father turned away leaving his fair complexioned son in front of these idols.   

Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Ra) then turned towards one of the idols and said: “Verily I am hungry, feed me” The idol did not reply to him.   

He then said to it: “Verily I am naked, clothe me” Still there was no reply from the idol.  
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) then took a big stone and threw it at the idol causing the idol to fall upon its face and shatter. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) returned to his house knowing fully well that these idols cannot benefit nor can they harm. They cannot hear nor can they speak. He grew up with Imaan and never prostrated to a single idol in his entire life.  

Unlike the other youth of the Quraish, Hadhrat Abu Bakr Abdullah ibn Quhafa Uthmaan ibn Amir ibn Taym ibn Qurayshi (RA) grew up recognizing amusement before Islaam. He never drank, nor was he acquainted with disobedience. Instead, he worshiped Allaah Ta’aala upon the way of Ibrahim υ and traded with his wealth until Allaah Ta’aala had enriched him because of his trustworthiness and truthfulness.  
In Makkah every group from amongst the groups of the Quraish had a specific duty which they had to fulfill. The Banu Taim (the family of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA)) were weak, their numbers were few and wealth  little. It was because of this that they were unable to carry out any duty for the Quraish. However, this was only until from amongst them Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) showed compassion towards the poor, assisted the oppressed and helped the weak. He undertook the duty blood money in the Quraish. Not only did he give the amount of د  (blood- money) that was asked for, but he increased upon it. All the people of the Quraish loved him because of his good actions and beautiful character.  

Amongst the youth of Makkah from around the Ka’bah, Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) was recognized by the trustworthy, Muhammad ρ, even before Allaah had made him declare Nabuwaat. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) was two years younger than Rasulullah ρ and due to the closeness in age, love of Allaah and His worship, trustworthiness, good actions and truthfulness they both had become friends before Islaam. And on the day that Muhammad ρ declared his Nabuwaat to his people Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) was amongst the first to believe him.  

The story of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA)’s Islaam is a short and strange one. When Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) had come to know of Nabi ρ’s message he went to him and said: “O Abul Qaasim (Father of Qaasim)! What is this that has reached me regarding you?”

Nabi ρ had replied: “What has reached you regarding me?”  
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) said: “Verily you are inviting towards Allaah and claiming that you are a Nabi (messenger) of Allaah.”  
Nabi ρ said: “Yes, O Abu Bakr, Allaah has made me a giver of glad tidings and warnings, and he sent me for all of mankind.”   

Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) then said: “By Allaah, I have never ever heard a single lie from you; verily you are most worthy with this message, because of your trustworthiness, joining of relations and good actions.” Thereafter Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) accepted Islaam.   

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