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Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A)

Before the Prophetic call, the beloved Prophet (S.A.W) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) enjoyed very close relations with each other. They were dearest of friends, they used to accompany each other and discuss the important matters as a routine. In many commercial journeys, they both participated collectively. The harmony of their personalities caused their friendship and love for one another to be more intense to each other.

Due to the close observation of His character and conduct, Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) was a great admirer of the Prophet (S.A.W). During this period, Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) dreamt many dreams which made his heart the hut of love and affection for the Prophet (S.A.W). Sheikh Muhammad Abu Zuhrah, a very renowned and authentic Scholar in Islamic thoughts, in his book “Al-Roze-ul-Anf” mentioned a dream of Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A):

"Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A), saw a dream that a moon came over Makkah and every house of the city lit up with its light. The moon broke into pieces and a piece of it dropped into each house, then he (R.A) saw the pieces reuniting into full moon, which descended into his lap."

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) asked the meanings of the dream from a Scholar from the people of the Book. The Scholar told him that; they were waiting for the Last Prophet to come very soon and the dream reflects that he would be the follower of that Prophet and by his blessings, he would be the most distinguished and blessed person of the world.

Such dreams and the close observation of the good manners of the Prophet (S.A.W) made Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) very anxious to follow the Divine Voice, whom the whole world was awaiting.

Allah (S.W.T) had chosen Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A), as a special friend of His beloved Prophet (S.A.W) . Allah (S.W.T) prepared Him mentally to immediately submit before the Prophet (S.A.W) and assist him in his endeavours to spread the word of Allah (S.W.T).

As soon as the Prophet (S.A.W) proclaimed His Prophethood, He (S.A.W) invited Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) to the Oneness of Allah (S.A.W) and he, without the slightest hesitation, accepted His invitation. Holy Prophet (S.A.W) himself said: "Whomsoever I invited to Islam, his foot slipped, he felt anxiety and then he started contemplating over it except Abu Bakr, for he neither hesitated nor showed any shyness.(Sabl-ul-Huda Wal-Atshad, Vol.II p.406)

His original name was Abdul Ka'bah but the Prophet (S.A.W) changed it to Abdullah. Abu Bakr was his surname; the reason behind this name was his innovative virtues and his good manners. His titles include “Siddique” (the truthful) and “Ateeque” (free from hell-fire).