Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) reached Rasulullaah ρ and related what had occurred between him and Rabee`ah. Thereafter Rabee`ah came and said to Rasulullaah ρ: “O Rasulullaah ρ! Definitely he had said such and such words to me, until he said such a word which I did not like.” Then he said to me: “Say what I have said to you. I then refused.” Rasulullaah ρ said: “Do not return upon him (i.e. what he said to you), but say: “May Allaah forgive you O Abu Bakr!”
Yes, this was the preference given by Nabi ρ to Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) over the other Sahaabah (RA). Nabi ρ used to see him as the helper after Allaah Ta’aala at every time, and He ρ used to say: “No wealth has benefited me to the value of what the wealth of Abu Bakr has benefited me.”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) then cried and said: “Am I and my wealth not except for you O Rasulullaah ρ.” Rasulullaah ρ replied to him saying: “No one is greater in hand to me (i.e. in value) than Abu Bakr. He treated/nursed me with himself and his wealth and got me married to his daughter (Hadhrat Ayesha (RA))”
Thereafter Rasulullaah ρ was saying advising the Muslims regarding Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA): “Verily for him is such a hand, Allaah will suffice him with it on the day of Qiyaamah.”
On a day from the days which Hadhrat Jibra`eel υ descended upon Nabi ρ, he found that Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) had sat wearing a woollen wrap in which there are many patches.
Hadhrat Jibra`eel υ said to Him ρ: “What has happened, I have seen Abu Bakr, upon him is a woollen wrap in it is patches.”
Nabi ρ said: “He spent his wealth on me before the Conquest. (i.e. the Conquest of Makkah).
Hadhrat Jibra`eel υ said: “Verily Allaah has sent salutations upon you and is saying to you: “Say to Abu Bakr: ‘Is he pleased with Allaah?’)”
Rasulullaah ρ then said to Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA): “Verily Allaah is sending salutations upon you and saying to you: “Are you pleased with Him in this poverty of yours?” Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA): “Can I become angry with my Rabb? I am pleased with my Rabb, I am pleased with my Rabb, and I am pleased with my Rabb.”
Rasulullaah ρ had departed to Allaah whilst he was pleased with Hadhrat Abu Bakr As-Sideeq (RA).
After the death of Nabi υ, the Muslims looked for the most virtuous of them. They did not find anybody better than Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA). He had then become the first Khalifah for the Muslims after Nabi ρ. He waged war against those musrikeen (those who worship more than one god) who rejected the giving of Zakaat. Then Allaah had assisted him against them. Thereafter the armies had travelled to conquer the countries of Persia and Rome because Islaam was spreading there.
The consumptive sword of Allaah, Khaalid bin Waleed was conquering in the country of Persia and the cities were falling at his hands one after the other. He called out the Azaan in a loud voice here as a substitute from that conflagration the one which was being worshipped besides Allaah. And the people were entering in the deen of Allaah in numbers. Then Allaah gave victory to the Muslims over the great country of Persia until Umar ibn Khataab had completed the conquering of it in his khilaafat.
The armies of the mulims in Shaam (Syria) under the leadership of Ubaidah ibn Jarraah and Amr ibn Aa`s were passing the deserts in its path to Baitul Maqdis so that it will free it from the hands of the Romans, and so that the flag of will be raised above the rulers of Shaam. Many conquests continued in the time of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) until the wealth of Islaam had quickly moved and great numbers of people had entered in Islaam in the conquered lands.
From the great actions of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) was the gathering of the book or the Qur`aan in one book with the encouragement of Hadhrat Umar ibn Khataab (RA) and the assistance of Hadhrat Zaid bin Thaabit (RA). The Qur`aan, in book form, remained in the house of Hadhrat Hafsah (RA) Ummul Mumineen until Hadhrat Uthmaan ibn Affaan (RA) took it in his khilafat and united the Muslims regarding it.
One day in the thirteenth year after Hijrah, Hadhrat Abu Bakr Sideeq (RA) was on his bed awaiting the arrival of Malakul Maut (the angel of death) when his family around him said: “Must we bring you a doctor?”
He replied: “Definitely a doctor has seen me.”
They said to him: “What did he say?”
He definitely said: “Verily I will do what I intend.”
Thereafter Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) sent whatever he owned to the Baitul Maal (Muslim treasury) and nothing was left as inheritance for his family after him. Thereafter the angel of death came to him in order take possession of his soul so that he would rise up to Allaah, and meet the soul of Nabi ρ in the skies after death had separated both of them, so that Allaah Ta`aala will gather both of them in his continuous mercy.