Allaah Ta`aala had answered the dua of his Nabi and revealed His saying: “He was the second of the two when they were (hiding from the kufaar) in the cave (outside Makkah) and He (Rasulullah ρ) told his companion (when the kufaar were on the verge of capturing them) Do not grieve (do not fear for my safety). Verily Allaah is with us (and he will protect us from the kufaar).” [Surah Taubah verse: 40]
The second of the two was Rasulullah ρ, and the companion was Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) and Allaah was with both of them until they reached Madinah (and always).
Hadhrat Umar (RA) and Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) were both advisors of the truth for Rasulullah ρ and the first of the Muslims in everything which Rasulullaah ρ had command. Both of them had great love for each other and they use to via with one another in good deeds, both of them intending to precede the other.
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) was always in the front. On the day of the Expedition of Tabuk Hadhrat Umar (RA) said: “Today I will surpass Abu Bakr,” and he went with half of his wealth to Rasulullaah ρ.
Nabi ρ said to him: “What have you left for your family O Umar?”
He (RA) replied: “I have left half of my wealth for them.”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) came and placed his wealth in the lap of Rasulullaah ρ.
Nabi ρ said to him: “What have you left for family O Abu Bakr?”
He (RA) said: “I have left Allaah and his Rasul for them.”
Hadhrat Umar (RA) knew that definitely Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) had surpassed him in good on this occassion and this was not the only time which Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) had surpassed Hadhrat Umar (RA) in doing good. Rasulullaah ρ had come to the Muslims after Fajr Salaah and thereafter said: “Who from you’ll are fasting today?”
Hadhrat Umar (RA) said: “Regarding myself, I spent the night resolving to fast but awoke in the state that I was not fasting.”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) said: “I, O Rasulullaah ρ spent the night resolving to fast, and woke up in the morning as a fasting person.”
Rasulullaah ρ then said: “Which of you visited the sick today?”
Hadhrat Umar (RA) said: “We have only read salaah now, how could we have visited the sick?”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) said: “I, O Rasulullaah ρ. They had informed me that my brother Abdur Rahmaan bin Auf was sick. I made my way to him, inquired regarding him and thereafter came to the Musjid.”
Rasulullaah ρ then said: “Who amongst you has given charity today?”
Hadhrat Umar (RA) said: “O Rasulullaah ρ, we remained with you the entire night, how would we have given charity?”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) replied: “I, O Rasulullaah ρ, when I entered the Musjid, a beggar was begging, and the son of Abdur Rahmaan ibn Abu Bakr had a piece of bread with him. I then took it and gave the beggar.”
Thereafter Nabi ρ said: “Glad tidings of Jannah, Glad tidings of Jannah.” Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) was everlastingly preceding even Hadhrat Umar ibn Khataab (RA) in doing good after Rasulullaah ρ.
And one day, Hadhrat Umar (RA) saw an unable woman; he went to assist her in her matters but had found that a man had preceded him in doing so. The following day the same thing occurred. Hadhrat Umar (RA) then said to the woman: “Who has assisted you? She said: “A man comes to me everyday.” Hadhrat Umar (RA) waited a distance observing the house of the unable woman, until he found that Hadhrat Abu Bakr Sideeq (RA) was the one helping her. He then said: “I cannot precede Abu Bakr in anything except that he has already preceded me in doing it.”
Once a dispute occurred between Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) and a man from the Muslims known as Rabee`ah al-Aslami. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) said such a word which Rabee`ah did not like.
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) regretted upon saying this word and said to Rabee`ah: “O Rabee`ah! Return upon me the likeness of that which I said.”
Rabee`ah said: “I will not do that.”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) then said: “You should definitely say it or I will definitely go to Rasulullaah ρ”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) rushed to Rasulullaah ρ and the people and family of Rabee`ah had come.
They said: “May Allaah have mercy on Abu Bakr for saying what he said. Thereafter he will complain to Rasulullaah ρ?”
Rabee`ah said: “Do you know who this Abu Bakr is?” Verily he is the second of the two in the cave, and a possessor of age in Islaam. Beware if he comes to know what you have said, and then will be angry with me. Thereafter he will report it to Rasulullaah ρ and Rasulullaah ρ will become angry because of him being angry, and then Allaah will become angry because of the anger of Rasulullaah ρ and Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA).