HADHRAT ALI SPEAKS OF HADHRAT ABU BAKR (RADHIYALLAHU ANHUMA)

The comment of Hadhrat Ali Radhiyallahu Anhu Concerning The Courage Of Hadhrat Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu To Deliver A Sermon

While addressing the people, Hadhrat Ali Radhiyallahu Anhu once asked, “O people! Who is the most courageous person?”

“You are, O Ameerul Mu’mineen”, the people submitted. Hadhrat Ali Radhiyallahu Anhu then said, ” Although I have defeated everyone who has confronted me, the most courageous person is Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu. We had constructed a shed for Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam (during the battle of Badr) and then asked who would remain with Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam so that the mushrikeen do not attack him. By Allah! Whenever a mushrik even drew close to us Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu was there with his sword drawn near the head side of Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam. He attacked anyone who dared attack Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam. He was certainly the bravest of people.

Hadhrat Ali Radhiyallahu Anhu continues, “I have seen the Quraysh grab hold of Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam with one person treating him angrily and another shaking him while they said to him, ‘Do you make all the gods into one?!”

By Allah! None of us dared go close to Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam besides Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu. He would hit one person, wrestle with another and shake someone else as he said, “Shame on you people! Will you kill a man for saying, ‘Allah is my Rabb’?”

Hadhrat Ali Radhiyallahu Anhu then lifted the shawl he was wearing and wept until his beard became wet. He then said, “I ask you to swear by Allah Ta’laa whether the Mu’min from the court of Firoun was better or Abu Bakr Radhiyyallahu Anhu”

When everyone remained silent, Hadhrat Ali Radhiyallahu Anhu said,

By Allah! A moment of the life of Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu is better than the earth full of people like the Mu’min from the court of Fir’oun. While the Mu’min from the court of Fir’oun concealed his Imaan, Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu made his Imaan public.”

Hayaatus-Sahaabah

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