7 Anecdotes: Hadhrat Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه

1) Once when his wife expressed the desire for something sweet to have, Hadhrat Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه said that he had no money with which to buy anything. His wife suggested that they should save something from their daily food allowance. Within a few days the amount saved will be sufficient to buy something sweet. Hadhrat Abu Bakr Radhiyallu Anhu consented. She began saving a small sum daily. After a few days. Hadhrat Abu Bakr Radhiyallu said. “It is apparent that this amount (which was being saved daily from the food allowance) we are receiving from the Baitul Maal is in excess of our needs.” He then took the savings and handed it to the Baitul Maal. He further issued instructions for his wages in future to be decreased by this amount.

2) Once Hadhrat Abu Bakr Radhiyallu Anhu went to the orchard where he saw a bird sitting in the shade of a tree. He heaved a sigh and said: “O bird! How fortunate are you! You eat the fruit of trees; you sit in their shade and you will attain salvation in the Hereafter without having to give an account. I wish Abu Bakr too was like you.”Frequently he would exclaim to himself. “I wish I was the property of a Muslim servant of Allah.””I wish I was a free that could be cut and eaten.””I wish I was grass which animals could eat.

3) Asma’i said. “When Abu Bakr was praised, he would say “O Allah! You know my condition better than me and I know my condition more than these people who are praising, me o Allah! Make me better than what they are thinking of me and forgive my evil of which they are not aware. Do not apprehend me on what they are saying

4) Once during his khilaafat he was seeing off the army which was proceeding to the land of Shaam. He accompanied the army for a very long distance. His companions said.

“O Khalifah of Rasulullah! You are walking on foot while we are riding”

Hadhrat Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu responded. “With these steps I am seeking forgiveness for my sins. These steps of mine are in the Path of Allah.”

5) Hadhrat Abu Bakr Radhiyallu Anhu said:

“Glory to That Being Who has left no avenue of His Ma’rifat for His servants except their inability of acquiring His Ma’rifat (ie This inability becomes the avenue. Despite effort, man is unable to acquire Ma’rifat of Allah. Allah Ta’ala ultimately opens up the way for the acquisition of His Ma’rifat)

(The inner, deeper and spiritual recognition by the baatini heart of Allah Ta’ala is termed ma’rifat. The bandah can never acquire divine Ma’rifat by his efforts and worship. The created and finite mind and heart of man are wholly incapable of mounting the Platform of Ma’rifat of the Uncreated, Infinite and Eternal Being But when this weak bandah yearns for his Beloved Creator and Master and he moves his weak hands and legs in the direction of his Rabb, then Allah Ta’ala taking pity on His struggling servant opens up the avenue of His Ma’rifat This is he meaning of the afore-mentioned statement of Hadhrat Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه the greatest Sufi after Rasulullah .صلى الله عليه وسلم – )

6. Hadhrat Abu Bakr Radhiyalluhu Anhu said “Once a man has tasted Divine Love, he will have no time for this world and he will feel claustrophobic in the company of people”

7) During Hadhrat Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu’s maradhul maut (last illness) people coming to visit him, and said,”O Khalifah of Rasulullah! Should we call a physician for you?”

Hadhrat Abu Bakr Radhiyallu Anhu responded

“The Physician has already seen me.”

They asked. “What did he say?”

Abu Bakr Radhiyalluhu Anhu said, “The physician said

( إن ربك فعال لما يريد )

“Verily. He does as He pleases.”


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