The Belief of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah regarding Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)

The Shias hold the belief that Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) turned apostate after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) -may Allah Ta’ala forbid.

Mullah Baaqir Majlisi, a prominent Shia scholar of the eleventh century, has written the following in his book, Haqqul Yaqeen:

Regarding the doctrine of ‘Tabarri’ (disassociating from the enemies of Allah Ta‘ala), we believe that we should seek disassociation from four idols, namely Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthmaan and Mu’awiyah; and from four women, namely Aa’ishah, Hafsah, Hind and Ummul Hakam, along with all their associates and followers. These are the worst creation of Allah. It is not possible to believe in Allah, His Messenger and the Imaams without disassociating oneself from their enemies. (Haqqul Yaqeen 2/519)

It is the belief of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah that the greatest person in this ummah was Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), followed by Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and thereafter Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

عن ابن عمر قال : كنا نقول ورسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم حي : أفضل أمة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم بعده أبو بكر، ثم عمر، ثم عثمان، رضي الله عنهم أجمعين (سنن أبي داود رقم 4628)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) mentioned, “Whilst Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam ) was alive amongst us, we would say (and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would not object, but approve of what we were saying), ‘The greatest person of the ummah after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), thereafter Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and then Hazrat Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).’”

May Allah Ta‘ala bless us with the true love of the Khulafaa-e-Raashideen and all the illustrious Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).


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