It Would Have Been Abu Bakr

بسم الله الحد لله و صلاة و سلام على رسول الله و على آله و سلم

Amongst the claims of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was that he was so close to the Prophet Muhammad صلى لله عليه و سلم that he became the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم. He wrote, “In short, my Prophethood and messengership is only by virtue of my being Muhammad and Ahmad, and not in my own right; and I have been given this name because of my complete devotion to the Holy Prophet.”

For those who might not know, this is loosely based on the Sufi concept of Fana’ (obliteration of the self in the personality of another), taken literally. In other words, Mirza Ghulam said that he was so much like the Prophet Muhammad صلى لله عليه و سلم that “no degree of estrangement” existed between the two.

But lets take a step back for a moment. What about Abu Bakr? Did he obliterate himself in the Prophet Muhammad صلى لله عليه و سلم? If so, why did he not “become” Muhammad صلى لله عليه و سلم, even more so than Mirza? Lets compare Abu Bakr رضى الله عنه to Mirza Ghulam.

Before the advent of Islam, Abu Bakr was a close friend of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم. ‘Aisha رضى الله عنها said not a day went by that the Prophet صلى لله عليه و سلم did not visit the house of Abu Bakr at least once.

Abu Bakr was the first adult male to accept Islam (before him was ‘Ali and Khadijah عليهما السلام). Everyone hesitated for a moment before accepting Islam, but Abu Bakr accepted immediately, without any hesitation or question.

When the persecution in Makkah became severe, many Muslims sought refuge in Ethiopia (the first migration). Abu Bakr initially refused, but eventually decided to go. On his way, he was approached by Ibn al-Dughanna, the leader of the tribe al-Qaara. Ibn al-Dughanna asked him where are you going. Abu Bakr responded, “My people have driven me out of the land, so I am going to travel around the world worshiping Allah.” Ibn al-Dughunna replied, “O Abu Bakr, it is not appropriate for a man like you to leave your land or be driven out. Because you assist the needy, kind to his family, generous to guests, support the poor, and you stand up for every good cause.” These are the exact qualities Khadijah the first wife of the Prophet said to him after his first revelation. Abu Bakr possessed the qualities of the Prophet.

Abu Bakr had the honor of marrying off his daughter ‘Aisha رضى الله عنها to the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم. When he was asked who he loves the most, the Prophet said “‘Aisha”. When asked who amongst the men, he said “Her father [Abu Bakr]”. He was the most beloved man to the Prophet.

When the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم left Makkah, he took Abu Bakr رضى الله عنه as his companion. The daughter of Abu Bakr, Asma’ رضى الله عنه arranged to have food delivered to the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم and her father. His son ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Bakr would gather intelligence and report it to the Prophet and Abu Bakr at night. During the journey, Abu Bakr had the opportunity to spend 11 days, night and day, drinking from the fountain of prophethood. All together, they were a blessed family!

Quraysh issued a manhunt to capture the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم and Abu Bakr. At one point the trackers of Quraysh were directly above the Prophet and Abu Bakr. Abu Bakr said “O Messenger of Allah! If one of them were to look down below his feet, he would see us”. The Prophet said, “O Abu Bakr! What do you think of two whose third is Allah”. At this, the verse was revealed.

If you do not aid the Prophet – Allah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion [Abu Bakr], “Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.” And Allah sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of Allah – that is the highest. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise. – Surah al-Tawbah, Verse 40

An ayah revealed mentioning Abu Bakr! In addition, Surah al-Nur Verse 22 was specifically about Abu Bakr.

When they reached Madinah in the migration, Abu Bakr resembled the Prophet so much that people mistook Abu Bakr as the Prophet! He even physically resembled his beloved!

We often hear of the closeness that happens between soldiers in times of battle. Abu Bakr experienced that closeness with the Prophet Muhammad by physically participating in numerous battles with the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم, including:

  • Battle of Badr – The Sahaba considered the soldiers at Badr the best of the Muslims
  • Battle of Uhud
  • Battle of Khandaq (The Ditch)
  • Battle of Al-Hudaybiyah
  • Battle of Hunayn

This part might especially resonate with Ahmadis: After the Battle of Badr, the Muslims had captured many enemy soldiers. The Prophet asked for suggestions on what to do with them. Abu Bakr suggested that they ransom them off, while ‘Umar suggested killing them. Upon this, the Prophet said, “…And the analogy of [Abu Bakr] is like also like ‘Esa who said ‘If you should punish them, indeed they are your servants. But if you forgive them, indeed it is you who are exhaulted and wise.'” Here, we see the Prophet comparing Abu Bakr to ‘Esa عليه السلام. Isn’t this exactly what Mirza claimed for himself?

When the Prophet was approaching his final days, he was unable to perform the congregational prayers. In his stead, the Prophet personally appointed Abu Bakr as the Imam of prayer. When the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم passed, Islam was at risk of rapid collapse, it was Abu Bakr who stabilized community by defeating the false prophets, subduing the apostasy movements, and he even sent a small army led by Osama bin Zayd against the Byzantium Empire.

The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم died at the age of 63. Two years later, Abu Bakr also died at the age of 63 – the same age. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم died in the house of ‘Aisha, at what was then a room adjacent to Masjid al-Nabawi. Abu Bakr held the honor of being buried physically on the right side of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم. They were united even in death.

It is the consensus of the Muslims for centuries that Abu Bakr is the greatest Muslim after the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم. There are 10 individuals who were uniquely granted knowledge that they would be in heaven while they were living. The first of them is Abu Bakr.

Much more can be said about Abu Bakr, but it would literally take years to mention them all….

Despite his countless virtues and merits, honors and valours, Abu Bakr never claimed to be anything more than a common Muslim. He was a humble Sahabi, ma sha Allah. He never claimed to have worked his way up to being a prophet, a “non-law-bearing” prophet, or any other invented spiritual state. And even though the Prophet himself said had the likeness of ‘Esa bin Maryam, Abu Bakr never self-claimed to be the “second coming” of ‘Esa or such nonsense.

So who then is Mirza Ghulam to dare self-declare himself to have become a prophet, or that he became ‘Esa bin Maryam? Who is he to say he had no degree between himself and the Prophet? Abu Bakr is buried next to the Prophet, while Mirza never bothered to perform Hajj to even visit his grave! If anyone would have had this honor, it would have been Abu Bakr.

May we all recognize Abu Bakr’s greatness, emulate his humility, and save ourselves from false prophets who were foretold by our Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم.

و صلى الله عليه سيدنا محمد و على آله و سلم

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35 thoughts on “It Would Have Been Abu Bakr

  1. Thank you Brother Fahan

    That was really good to read, I never learnt such things in the Ahmadiyya cult and this I guess it’s never too late to learn, since accepting that Ahmadiyya is false, I have learnt so much about Islam and has made my faith even stronger.

    • If you’re interested, I can send you an amazing series of biographical lectures on Abu Bakr al-Siddiq. When I say ‘amazing’, its not just some regular series of Islamic talks, its quite amazing.
      Email me.

  2. Nice work BRO BRO…

    1. Whats the reference point for Muhammad (saw) calling Abu Bakr (may allah be pleased with him) as Esa (as)?

    2. Whats the reference point for Abu Bakr (may allah be pleased with him) going to Abysinnia?

    3. Why didnt Abu Bakr (may allah be pleased with him) go to Tabuk?

    • Rationalist, I wrote this several months ago, so give me a bit to find the first reference. Message me if I forget.
      The story of Abu Bakr leaving to Abasiniyya is sorta all over the place, any biography on him.
      The “Battle” of Tabouk was sent out BY Abu Bakr, who was the Khalifah then. He was not a regular soldiers at that point. And even then, the army did not consist of all men of fighting age, it was assigned by the Prophet SAAWS himself only a few days before he died.

  3. Brother Fahan I would like the lectures, what e-mail address should I send my e-mail address to, I don’t want my e-mail to be published on here.

    • Send a message through the “Contact Us!” link and I’ll send it your way.

      The series of talks is very indepth, starting from his early life, and lineage, then early Islam and Makkan period, then Madinan period, and then the details of his khilafah, rules, political decisions, battles, etc.

      Its quite interesting.

  4. “So who then is Mirza Ghulam to dare self-declare himself to have become a prophet, or that he became ‘Esa bin Maryam? Who is he to say he had no degree between himself and the Prophet?”

    You are right! He is nobody to do so. He has said so himself. It is ALLAH Who gave him this rank and status. And we praise Allah for His wonderful and marvelous works and designs and plans. How great is HE! He killed ‘Esa bin Mariam like every other prophet and brought someone better! We thank You, O ALLAH, for this enormous favor upon us. We thank You for Your great gift!

    • ?
      That has nothing to do with the article. The issue is, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq has more of a right to these accolades that Mirza claimed for himself. He was closer to the Prophet SAAWS than Mirza could ever hope for.

      For example, Abu Bakr made Hajj in the company of the Prophet Muhammad SAAWS. Mirza Ghulam performed Hajj. Yet you say Mirza Ghulam is better than Abu Bakr?

      Either way, saying “Allah gave him the rank” is circular logic. The very lie we are challenging is that Allah gave him anything. No, it came from his own mind.

      It appears your pen has run out of ink.

      • I merely answered a question in your article. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (ra) never publicized any such claims despite the physical nearness to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) because Allah never told him to do so.

        The Promised Messiah (as) did so solely because Allah told him to do so.

        Either way, your whole article is an emotional appeal fallacy, and you accuse ‘me’ of circular logic? 🙂

        • @ Sultan

          FYI: Chapter 34, Verse 28 is from the very early period in the prophethood of Muhammad (saw). I estimate this as 2-5 after the very first revelation.

          In contrast, it took MGAQ 21 years to simply understand that he was a prophet (1880 to 1901). And he cursed all those who would ever consider themselves as prophets.

          Here is the verse:

          34:28
          “And We did not send you except to all (kāffatan is a circumstantial qualifier referring to al-nās, ‘mankind’, and is made to precede [li’l-nās] because of the importance attached to it) of mankind [both] as a bearer of good tidings, to believers, of Paradise, and a warner, to the disbelievers, of chastisement, but most people, such as the disbelievers of Mecca, do not know, this.” (Suyuti)

        • Circular logic is when you use the conclusion as a proof.

          We are saying Abu Bakr has a higher position than everyone in the Ummah, and this has been known and documented since day 1. The very idea that Allah spoke to Mirza is what we question.

          Your proof that Allah gave Mirza a higher status than Abu Bakr is that Mirza said he was given a higher status than Abu Bakr.

          This might help you: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wuSqJG5bIKE/TMwKVaXkenI/AAAAAAAAAwU/fxeyUO5S2JE/s1600/circular-reasoning11.jpg

          • You say that Abu Bakr (ra) holds a position greater than all others in the Ummah, including the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi.

            Our proof in response to that is quite simple. The Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi is a position assigned or appointed by Allah. He has to be greater than any other person in the Ummah.

            Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) said that he is that person because God told him so, and the truthfulness of that claim is based on the signs God showed him. But you never like to consider those numerous signs, do you? 🙂

          • The Messiah is ‘Esa bin Maryam (AS). It is the consensus of the Muslims that each individual prophet is better than all of the Muslims combined.

            So I have no problems saying ‘Esa bin Maryam (AS) is better than Abu Bakr.

            Imam Mahdi is a follower of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم and is a righteous wali of Allah, but he is not a prophet nor will he be better than Abu Bakr. Imam Mahdi is the link between the major and minor signs of the day of judgement.

            What signs? Like his failed prophecies that you conveniently reinterpret AFTER they fail? 🙂

          • SultanulQalam,

            This is point #98 in ‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyya:
            ولا نفضل أحدا من الأولياء على أحد من الأنبياء عليهم السلام ونقول : نبي واحد أفضل من جميع الأولياء
            We do not prefer any of the saintly men among the Ummah over any of the Prophets but rather we say that any one of the Prophets is better than all the awliya’ put together.

            The Messiah is ‘Esa, a prophet. So yes, he’s better than Abu Bakr. But you stripped the title of Messiah-ship from ‘Esa (AS) and gave it to some guy from India. Sad.

    • @ sultan

      1. It was the deranged mind of Mirza that gave him rank, not Allah.
      2. You see…Mirza just kept going up in rank..year after year. It appears to be Business philosophy more than anything.
      3. At first he was a reformer (like Esa (as)), then he was Esa (as) (like a prophet), and greater than Esa (as) in limited ways

      3.a. Then he was a prophet and greater than Esa (as) totally, then he claimed to be equal to Muhammad (saw) (nauzobillah).

      3.b. Then he was Krishna and a law-bearing prophet. And possibly greater than Muhammad (saw) (nauozobillah).

      ^this is not the behavior of a Muslim.

      • This has nothing to do with the discussion at hand. However, since the moderator has allowed it, I will answer it.

        The answer is quite simple. I’m surprised that you could even raise a question like this. Every Prophet (as far as I know) made progressive claims as the years went by. Think about it! 🙂

        Lastly, you are lying/badly mistaken when you say that the Promised Messiah (as) claimed to be equal to/greater than the Prophet Muhammad (sa) or to be a law-bearing Prophet.

        • @ Sultan

          Thank you for engaging me.

          1. The methodology of the claims of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is highly problematic. Let me explain. in 1885 he claims that “his-god” told him that he is a Mujadid. However, he slips in the idea that he has the qualities of Esa (as), or something to that effect.

          1.a. He also had revelations in the 1883–85 era wherein he says that he was Maryam (may allah be pleased with her), then he got pregnant, then he became Esa (as).

          1.c. However, he doesnt elaborate on any of these themes until 6 years later.

          2. In 1891, he claims to be Esa (as). However he denies prophethood. He says that any claimant to any type of prophethood is a Kafir.

          2.a. Now remember….by 1891, he had been conversing with “his God” for 12-14 years.

          3. Then…in 1901 he claims that he had actually been a prophet since 1880, he just didnt realize it. A few months later he claims to be greater than Esa (as) in every possible way.

          4. In the same vein (in the same era) he began to say that he is Muhammad (saw) (nauzobillah).

          5. As far as law-bearing prophet goes. It was an Ahmadi who told us this. His name is Zaheer-ud-din Akmal. Mahmud Ahmad and Muhammad Ali write about him extensively as they slung mud at each other from 1914–1922.

          5.a. Its not my brain that is developing the idea that MGAQ brought a law. It was Ahmadis who came up with this. I only regurgitate what I read.

          The Rash

          • @ Sultan

            I see where you are going with this.

            To be clear, Muhammad (saw) never said that he didnt come for the whole of humanity. He didnt give “anti-world-prophet” statements that were re-dacted. He didnt hint that he was heading in a particular direction either like Mirza.

            On the other hand, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed that any claimant to ANY type of prophethood was a Kafir (1891). 10 years later he finds a new definition of the word prophet and applies it to himself.

            Your parallel doesnt exist!!!

          • It is hard to understand because that is simply not the case. Your deductive logic tells you that followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) should consider him greater than the Seal of Prophets (saw), naudobillah. Our reality tells us that Ahmad (as) is a servant of Muhammad (saw). I don’t say this to ‘fit in’ with Islam, I say it because it is fact.

            Mahdi and Messiah were prophesised with roles dependant on the role played by Muhammad (saw). You can’t send a reformer unless you’ve sent a religion beforehand. The reformer will always refer to the original. To suggest that Messiah and Mahdi are roles independent of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) is misleading.

        • I know you do not hold this belief, but explain to me how you cannot believe Mirza was better than Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم. According to the Ahmadiyya religion, Mirza had both the status of Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم, so much so that he was his “second coming” AND he held was the “second coming” of ‘Esa عليه و سلام, both combined.

          If Muhammad SAAWS has X honor
          And ‘Esa (AS) has Y honor

          Logically, your belief is that Mirza = X + Y
          Therefore, unless you have some metaphorical way out of this, you are forced to believe that Mirza was “the main guy”, and Muhammad SAAWS was just a prelude.

          I know you believe otherwise, but show me why not.

          • The honour bestowed upon the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) can not be equated to X, and the honour bestowed upon Prophet Issa (as) as Y. Honour is not a scalar quantity that you can add as X+Y. If anything, the honour of the Chief of Prophets (saw) engulfed that of Issa (as) i.e. he (saw) possesed the all the qualities of Isa (as) and more.

            As far as your question regarding how Ahmadis cannot believe that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) was not greater than the Khataman Nabi (saw), the answer is simple. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) proclaimed to be subordinate to Hadhrat Muhammad (saw). You cannot force your ‘logical’ conclusions on him when it subordinance is something explicitly stated by Hadhrat Ghulam Ahmad (as) himself.

          • Oh, I don’t dispute that the first part of your reply. But Mirza Ghulam referred to himself multiple times as a “second advent” of the Prophet Muhammad SAAWS such that no difference between them existed. He essentially said that he was a copy of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم.

            So in Ahmadiyya Mirza is 100% Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم + Messiah + Mahdi (qualities which the Prophet was not bestowed)

            With all of that, its hard to understand why the Ahmadiyya faith does not consider Mirza to be the best person ever, above the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم.

          • It is hard to understand because that is simply not the case. Your deductive logic tells you that followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) should consider him greater than the Seal of Prophets (saw), naudobillah. Our reality tells us that Ahmad (as) is a servant of Muhammad (saw). I don’t say this to ‘fit in’ with Islam, I say it because it is fact.

            Mahdi and Messiah were prophesised with roles dependant on the role played by Muhammad (saw). You can’t send a reformer unless you’ve sent a religion beforehand. The reformer will always refer to the original. To suggest that Messiah and Mahdi are roles independent of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) is misleading.

  5. Since Ahmadis claim Mirza was both the “second coming of Muhammad” and the “second coming of ‘Esa bin Maryam”, does that make him have the rank of Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم AND ‘Esa عليه السلام combined?

      • @ Sultan

        Here is a good reference for you to double check:

        “Maseeh Mowood is not a separate thing from Holy Prophet pbuh, but it is He Himself who has come again in this world in Buroozi form….. therefore is there any doubt that God has sent Holy Prophet again in Qadian?”
        (Kalimat Alfasl p.104-105, Review of Religions Qadian March 1915)

        • Holding more than one title or name for an office or position does not mean it can be greater than the highest office – the office of the Khatam An-Nabiyyin!

          Khatam An-Nabiyyin was the last of the prophets in status/rank. But, of course, you will disagree. You consider him the last of prophets in time, not in status/rank.

  6. Sultanul, tell me truthfully: How can you believe Allah made a man better who refused to perform Hajj is better than a man who performed Hajj with the Prophet SAAWS?

    If you say “because Allah did it”, you are employing circular logic.

    • Mr Farhan ..
      performing Haj is not mandatory on every one ..it is conditional.
      Can you prove prophet hazrat Muhammad (saw) ever paid Zakkat ?
      he (saw) never accumulated any money that zakat became obligatory on him (saw).

      • Hajj is mandatory. But Mirza never made Hajj.
        And don’t try to say “it was dangerous to go”, it was a LOT more dangerous when the Prophet SAAWS went.

        Do you really want me to find you the gazillion narrations of the prophet Muhammad SAAWS paying Zakah?

      • The coming of messiah/mehdi is not mandatory from Quran.

        An ahmadi mawlana told us if a messiah/mehdi doesn’t come, that would prove Muhammad SAW to be a liar to have foretold his coming. (Nauzubillah)

        But Muhammad SAW also told the Messiah would perfom Hajj. Did prophet SAW lie then?

        “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, Ibn Maryam would certainly pronounce Talbiyah for Hajj or for Umrah or for both (simultaneously as a Qarin) in the valley of Rawha.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 7, No. 2877)

    • I am quite sure that Noorudin compared himself to Abu Bakr. I have to find the reference. It had to do with Khilafat or something. I will find it.

  7. @ Sultan

    Here is a homework assignment for you:

    Look up this reference and then explain the rank of Abu Bakr (ra) as compared to your profit (prophet).

    “The status of Abu Bakr was obtained by hundreds from amongst the people of Muhammad” (“Haqiqatun Nubuwwa” [1915], by Mahmud Ahmad, page 152), quoted in (Qadianat—An Analytical survey by Ehsan Elahi Zaheer [1976], see page 56-58

  8. Farhan you have overlooked pointing to our ahmadi friends the hadith where the Prophet (saw)
    states his generation is the best generation
    and Abu Bakr is the best of his Ummah.
    Sultan’s position contradicts these direct hadith.

  9. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Jibreel came to me, and showed me the gate of Jannah through which my Ummah will enter.” Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) said: “O Messenger of Allah, would that I had been with you to see it!” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “But you, O Abu Bakr, will be the first of my Ummah to enter Jannah.” [Bukhari: Kitaab Bada al-Khalq, Baab Ma jaa fi sifat al-Jannah; Fath al-Baari]

    Abu Bakr (radi Allahu’s) services in the Path of Allah are more than that of any person other than the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). He was next after the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in his belief in Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and the sacrifices he made so that Islam could be established and people could enter Allah’s chosen religion en masse. He will thus be the first person of the Muslim Ummah to enter Jannah. His biography is a must read for all aspirants of Jannat.

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