The Relationship of Abu Bakr (RA) with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and Acceptance of Islam

## Relationship with the Messenger of Allah and Acceptance of Islam:

Abu Bakr (RA) resided in a neighborhood of Makkah where Hazrat Khadijah (RA) bint Khuwaylid and other prominent traders lived, whose trade extended to Yemen and Syria. Residing in the same neighborhood led to the acquaintance of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and Abu Bakr (RA), and they became close friends. This was during the time when the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had moved to the house of Hazrat Khadijah (RA) after marrying her.

Abu Bakr (RA) was a couple of years younger than the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). It is widely believed that they shared similarities in profession, temperament, detestation of the corrupt beliefs of the Quraysh, and avoidance of sinful habits, which greatly facilitated their friendship. Historians and narrators differ regarding their friendship. Some claim that Abu Bakr (RA) had developed a deep friendship with the Prophet (peace be upon him) even before the Prophethood, and this friendship was the catalyst for Abu Bakr’s acceptance of Islam. However, some historians believe that their relationship strengthened after embracing Islam, suggesting that before Islam, their relationship was limited to neighborly interactions and shared inclinations. They argue that before the Prophethood, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) preferred solitude and seclusion and had refrained from meeting people for many years.

When Allah honored the Prophet (peace be upon him) with Prophethood, it seemed fitting that Abu Bakr (RA), endowed with wisdom and intellect by Allah, would be the first to be called to propagate Islam. Consequently, the Prophet (peace be upon him) approached him, and Abu Bakr (RA) accepted the invitation without any hesitation, embracing faith without a moment’s pause. From that moment, their relationship began, and it continued to strengthen with each passing day. Abu Bakr (RA) immersed himself in the love and devotion for the Prophet (peace be upon him) and presented an exemplary model of faith that could never be matched till the end of time.

Hazrat Aisha (RA) narrated, “When I regained consciousness and saw my parents progressing in the love of Islam, there was not a day when the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) did not visit our house morning and evening.”

From the onset of Islam, Abu Bakr (RA) harbored an extraordinary zeal to propagate and promote the message of Islam, assisting and supporting the Prophet (peace be upon him) with unwavering dedication. Abu Bakr’s (RA) esteemed position among both the common people and the elite, coupled with the immense respect and trust people had in him, resulted in numerous individuals embracing Islam through his efforts.

**• Unwavering Acceptance of Islam:**

The incident of Abu Bakr’s (RA) acceptance of Islam undoubtedly sparks wonder. His immediate and unwavering acceptance of Islam without any hesitation or reluctance when the Prophet (peace be upon him) presented it to him is remarkable. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) extended the invitation to Islam in front of him, Abu Bakr (RA) did not express any doubt or hesitation but instantly responded with “Labbayk” (Here I am at your service). The Prophet (peace be upon him) himself stated, “I invited every person to Islam, and they showed some hesitation and reluctance except Abu Bakr bin Abi Quhafa. When I invited him to Islam, he did not show any hesitation but immediately responded to my call.”

It is not only astonishing that Abu Bakr (RA) responded with “Labbayk” upon hearing the invitation to the oneness of Allah but also when the incident of the descent of angels and revelation in the Cave of Hira was narrated to him, he did not even express the slightest doubt and wholeheartedly believed in it. Abu Bakr (RA) was among the intellectual individuals in Makkah who interpreted the worship of idols with disdain and fully believed in the honesty, trustworthiness, righteousness, and purity of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

When he heard the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Abu Bakr (RA) accepted them immediately, as they resonated with wisdom and met the intellectual standards he held.

**• Courage of Faith:**

Even more astonishing than Abu Bakr’s (RA) unwavering and immediate acceptance of Islam is his unparalleled courage in propagating it after accepting it. He not only believed in the oneness of Allah and the Prophethood without hesitation but also openly preached and promoted these beliefs, fully dedicating his entire life to the service of Islam.

He did not concern himself with his trade, nor did he fear the opposition and persecution from the disbelievers of Makkah. Instead, he wholeheartedly engaged in spreading Islam despite the potential risks it posed. Only a person who does not care about life, wealth, or worldly honor and who regards the propagation of faith as superior to all these considerations can take such bold steps.

This courage was not limited to Abu Bakr (RA) alone. Even those who claim leadership of the nation and advocate for a particular course of action often cannot muster the courage to openly oppose the popular beliefs and actions of the common people. But Abu Bakr (RA) demonstrated an extraordinary example from the very first day of his acceptance of Islam, setting a precedent that is unparalleled in history.


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