The Companions of the Holy Prophet (sa)

Friday Sermon Summary 11th February 2022: ‘Rightly Guided Caliphs – Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)’

After reciting Tashahhud, Ta‘awwuz and Surah al-Fatihah, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) said that it is narrated that Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) saw a dream in relation to the Conquest of Makkah.

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Abu Bakr Makkah

A Dream of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) Regarding Makkah

His Holiness (aba) said that Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) told the Holy Prophet (sa) that he saw a dream in which the Holy Prophet (sa) had neared Makkah, and a dog came towards them. It lay on its back, and milk began flowing from it. Upon this, the Holy Prophet (sa) that their evil was removed and prosperity was near and that the people of Makkah would come under his protection. 

The Muslims Enter Makkah in Peace

His Holiness (aba) said that on the Conquest of Makkah, the Holy Prophet (sa) and the Muslims entered through Arafat. When the Holy Prophet (sa) announced his intentions of peace and security, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said that Abu Sufyan sought honour. Thus, the Holy Prophet (sa) said that anyone who entered the home of Abu Sufyan would be protected. Then, the Holy Prophet (sa) instructed for the idol called Hubal to be destroyed. When Abu Sufyan was reminded that this was the same idol he had glorified on the day of Uhud. He replied saying that if there had been any God besides the God of Muhammad (sa), then the events taking place on the Conquest of Makkah would not have happened. Later, the Holy Prophet (sa) sat in a corner of the Ka’bah and people surrounded him. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) stood guard beside the Holy Prophet (sa).

The Disbelievers Gather at Hunain 

His Holiness (aba) said that after the Conquest of Makkah, other tribes in Arabia feared that they too would be overtaken by the Holy Prophet (sa) and the Muslims. Thus, they gathered together at a place near Hunain. When the Holy Prophet (sa) learned of this, he along with an army of 12,000 Muslims went to the Valley of Hunain. There, the disbelievers had already been hiding, and as the Muslims arrived, they shot a barrage of arrows at the Muslims. As a result, there were Muslims who did not remain, however Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was among those who resolutely remained alongside the Holy Prophet (sa). Even when the number of Muslims was severely depleted, to the point where there were only 12 Muslims left, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) took hold of the reins of the Holy Prophet’s (sa) horse and advised that perhaps they should not proceed, however the Holy Prophet (sa) instructed him to let go of the reins and valiantly moved forward. Eventually, the Muslims miraculously defeated the enemy.

His Holiness (aba) said that after the Battle of Hunain, some of the disbelievers fled to Taif to take refuge. Thus, after retruning from Hunain, the Holy Prophet (sa) and Muslim army lay seige to Taif. There are various narrations regarding how long the siege lasted, ranging from 10 to 40 days. The Holy Prophet (sa) saw a dream which he related to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). Based on the dream, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) suggested that perhaps what they had come to achieve would not be attained. The Holy Prophet (sa) agreed, and the Muslims were later instructed to return. 

Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) Surpasses All in His Financial Sacrifices

His Holiness (aba) said that Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) accompanied the Holy Prophet (sa) during the Battle of Tabuk, at which time the Holy Prophet (sa) bestowed upon him the flag of Islam. For the purposes of this battle, the Holy Prophet (sa) instructed the Muslims to make financial sacrifices. The first person to person to do so, and brought everything that he owned to the Holy Prophet (sa). When the Holy Prophet (sa) asked him whether he had left anything at home, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said that he had not. Later, Hazrat Umar (ra) used to say that he had intended to present a greater sacrifice than Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), and so he presented half of his wealth to the Holy Prophet (sa). However, later he learned that Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) had sacrificed everything he owned. Thus, Hazrat Umar (ra) said that he would never be able to surpass the level of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra).

Once, a companion came across the Holy Prophet (sa), Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), and Hazrat Umar (ra), who were digging a grave upon the demise of Hazrat Abdullah Dhul-Dijadain. The Holy Prophet (sa) was inside the grave, while Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) were lowering the body towards him. Upon burying him, the Holy Prophet (sa) prayed for the deceased.

His Holiness (aba) said that in 9 Hijri, the Holy Prophet (sa) appointed Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and the leader of a convoy going to perform Hajj. Thus, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) along with 300 companions travelled to Makkah to perform Hajj. 

His Holiness (aba) said that he would continue highlighting incidents from the life of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) in future sermons.

Mubarak Mosque

Funeral Prayer 

His Holiness (aba) said that he would lead the funeral prayers of the following deceased member:

Amatul Latif Khurshid

Amatul Latif Khurshid who resided in Canada, and was the wife of the late Sheikh Khurshid Ahmad, the Assistant Editor of Al Fazl Rabwah. She is survived by three sons and two daughters. One of her grandsons, Waqas Khurshid is a missionary in the United States of America. His Holiness (aba) said that the entire family is very scholarly. She served the Community in various capacities, in Qadian, Rabwah and in Canada. She taught all of her children that if anything is ever said against the Community or Khilafat, then they should never listen to it, and even if they do come to hear it, they should never repeat such things. She possessed a great deal of knowledge, and would also render great assistance to families migrating to Canada. She had a great deal of love for Khilafat and enjoined her children to always pray for the Caliph. She was also able to teach many children the correct recitation of the Holy Qur’an. She would often tell stories about the history of the Community, thus teaching the newer generation of its history. She taught her progeny how to safeguard their faith whilst living in the Western society. His Holiness (aba) said that she was an example of how to raise and protect our future generations living in the West, whilst saving them from any sort of inferiority complex. His Holiness (aba) prayed that may Allah the Almighty treat her with forgiveness and mercy and enable her progeny to carry on her virtuous qualities.

Summary prepared by The Review of Religions