It was from that moment that Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) knew that Islaam was the road to Jannah and that it would be necessary for whoever accepted Islaam to sacrifice himself as well as his wealth. He then went to Hadhrat Uthmaan Ibn Affaan (RA); Hadhrat Zubair ibn Al- Awwaam (RA) and Hadhrat Talha Ibn Ubaidullah (RA), all of whom accepted Islaam upon his hands and became from amongst the Asharah Mubasharah (i.e. those people who were given glad tidings of Janaah by Nabi ρ in one sitting.) Eventually Nabi ρ looked towards him and said: “This is the Ateeq of Allaah (The one who Allaah saved from the punishment of the fire).”
As for the Imaan which he was in his heart, it was transformed to such an extent that it was likened to a mountain which even earthquakes would not move. And that he would not accept anything or sell it for all the wealth in the world. His Imaan was such that if it was placed on one side of a scale and the Imaan of the entire Ummat until the day of Qiyaamah was placed on the other side, the Imaan of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) would outweigh the imaan of the entire Ummat.
Some of the people are of the incorrect opinion that Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA)’s wealth was due to inheritance from his parents. However it was because he was a truthful trader that Allaah Ta`aala had enriched him to such an extent that his wealth had reached forty thousand dirhams (silver coins).
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) was a man who spent on his family. He used to spend on his father who had become blind towards the end of his life, his mother who had become unable to do any work and also on his younger brother.
When Allaah Ta`aala had sent His Nabi Muhammad ρ with Islaam, the inviting towards Islaam was done in secrecy for the three complete years, after which Allaah Ta`aala had commanded that it be done publicly for all the people. From that point on, the Musrikeen began to punish the weak Muslims and wage war against the rich, so much so that those entering Makkah could hear the cries and sounds from the weak Muslims who were being harmed in the path of Allaah.
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) had seen Hadhrat Bilal (RA), an Abyssinian slave owned by one of the kuffaar (disbelievers) named Ummayyah ibn Khalaf, being beaten. He was being placed naked on the sand of Makkah and a big rock was placed on his stomach. Thereafter he was dragged with a rope whilst the youth of Makkah were vehemently mocking him whilst he was repeating the undying words: “The One (Allaah)! The One (Allaah)! ”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) then departed went to his house and brought some wealth. Thereafter he went to Ummayah ibn Khalaf and said to him: “Sell me Bilal”. Ummayyah said: “I will sell him for five (uqiyahs) ounces of gold.”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) then bought him after which Ummayyah said: “If you had given one ounce only, I would have been pleased.”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) then said: “If you desired one hundred ounces, I would have definitely given it to you.”
Like this Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) saw that his wealth was only for Allaah Ta`aala, and nor was he miserly with it upon the Muslims in Makkah. Instead he gave it to them so that he would free them from the harassment of the musrikeen until Rasulullah ρ said regarding Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) and Hadhrat Bilal (RA): “Our master had freed our master from slavery”