Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Six

Incident regarding his accepting Islam (continued)

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) then says:

After completing my work in Yemen, I returned to the learned sheikh to bid him farewell. He asked me, “Do you wish to hear a few verses of poetry which I have composed in praise of the final Nabi?” I agreed and he recited the couplets.

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) further says: I then set out on my return to Makkah Mukarramah, and it was during my journey that prophethood was conferred upon Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Upon my return, the leaders of the Quraish viz. ‘Uqbah bin Abi Mu‘ait, Shaibah, Rabee‘ah, Abu Jahl, Abul Bakhtari and others approached me in a manner as though some great event had occurred.

I asked them, “What is the matter? Have you been afflicted by some calamity? Has something strange occurred?” They replied, “O Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! The most shocking of events has occurred – the orphan of Abu Taalib is claiming to be a nabi. Had it not been for you (i.e. your esteemed position which we recognize and therefore regard it appropriate to consult you before taking a decision), we would have certainly not spared him. Since you have now arrived from your journey, you are sufficient in guiding us and explaining to us what to do.”

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) gently brushed them off and enquired regarding the whereabouts of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) was informed that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was in the home of Hazrat Khadeejah (radhiallahu ‘anha).

(To be continued insha Allah)

(Usdul Ghaabah 3/22- 23)

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