The Story of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Ra) (Part-4)

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Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) had also come out intending to migrate when he was confronted by a man from the mushrikeen named Rabee`ah ibn al-Dughunna who said to him: “People of your likeness O Abu Bakr should not come out nor should he be taken out. Verily you assist the destitute and give charity to them. You join family ties, help the troubled and unable, honor the weak and are assisting the representatives of the truth. I will be a protector for you. Return and worship your Rabb.”  

Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) returned to Makkah whilst Ibn al Dughunna went about announcing to the Quraish that he has given protection to Abu Bakr.  

The mushrikeen then said to him: “Make him worship his Rabb in a distant house otherwise the men or woman will accept Islaam on his hands.” Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) built a Musjid in the courtyard of the house in which he read salaah and recited the Qur`aan. The women and children listened to him and were astonished with the Qur`aan.  

Ibn Al-Dughunna had come to know of this, came to Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) and said: “Lower your voice in salaah and in the recitation of the Qur`aan.”  

Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) then said: “Verily I return to you your protection and I am pleased with the protection of Allaah Υ .”  

Verily the Imaan in Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) had made him such a man who did not fear the criticism of the critics regarding Allaah. He tolerated the harassment in this condition that he was pleased with the decree of Allaah and he did not accept that he should conceal his Islaam. Instead, he began announcing it and was proud because of it. He testified to everything which Rasulullah ρ use to say. Then when Nabi ρ returned from his journey of the night and mi`raaj (journey of the night to the seven heavens), the mushrikeen had denied it and thought him to be insane. At that moment Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) came.

They said to him: “Verily your companion is claiming that he went to Baitul Maqdis and returned in one night. They all had believed that verily soon he would deny Rasulullah ρ but he replied: “If Rasulullah ρ said that, then he is telling the truth.”   
They then said: “How can you believe him regarding this matter? He said: “I believe him in that the Qur`aan is revealed upon him from the skies, then how can I not believe him in this matter.”   Thus Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) became (Sideeq) `the one who Believed in all of what Nabi ρ use to say,’ and this new laqab (title) is the one which he will be called by until the Day of Judgment. The most agreed upon name is Hadhrat Abu Bakr As-Sideeq (RA).  
The migration was that difficult journey from Makkah to Madinah. Men were coming out secretly until none remained except Nabi ρ Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) and some of the weak. And the Quraish were intending to kill Nabi ρ and were well prepared for that.  
At the time all the people did not come out of the houses because of the severe heat, Nabi ρ came out to the house of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA). He ρ knocked on the door and was let into the house by Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA). Nabi ρ informed him that soon they will migrate to Madinah. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) became so happy that he cried out of joy. Verily he did not fear anything despite him knowing that he could die with Rasulullah ρ. However, the confidence in the help of Allaah was stronger in his heart than any other thing, and he knew well that Allaah Ta`aala will protect his Rasul from any harm and evil. As Sideeq stood up and took all his wealth so that he will spend it in the journey of migration until Rasulullah ρ said to him: “What have you left for your family?”

He replied: “I have left Allaah and His Rasul for them.”  
We have not known any man in history sacrifice everything he owned like how Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) did, the one who sacrificed his wealth, family and himself for the service of Islaam.    
The first time Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) preceded Nabi ρ in anything was at the time he entered the cave on the day of migration so that he could search the cave for any snakes or scorpions by which the Rasul of Allaah ρ would be harmed. He then swept the cave with his clothes for Rasulullah ρ and blocked every hole until one hole was remaining which he could not block except with his foot. Rasulullah ρ slept on the lap of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA). A snake which was in the hole which Hadhrat Abu Bakr Sideeq (RA) had blocked with his foot was provoked and had bitten him in his foot. He experienced severe pain but he did not want to wake Rasulullah ρ up, until the pain had overcome him to such an extent that a tear which was on his cheek had slowly slipped until it fell on the cheek of Rasulullah ρ and woke him up.   
Nabi ρ then said: “What is wrong O Abu Bakr?”  
He replied: “I have been bitten O Rasulullah ρ”  
Rasulullah ρ applied saliva in the place of the wound by means of which Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) was cured. Thereafter Rasulullah ρ made dua saying: “O Allaah place Abu Bakr with me in my level on the day of Qiyaamah.”  

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