Once Nabi ﷺ was sitting in a gathering when Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه approached him. He greeted him and then he said Ya Nabi ﷺ! Umar رضي الله عنه and I had a heated disagreement about some matter. I said something incorrect which I immediately regretted. I knew I should not have said that, so I sought his forgiveness but he refused to forgive me. Nabi ﷺ said three times that Oh Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه! May Allah forgive you.
Meanwhile, Umar رضي الله عنه had also pondered and he too began to regret his role in the argument. He went to the house of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه to reconcile with him but he was told that he is not here. Umar رضي الله عنه knew that if he is not here then he must be with Nabi ﷺ. With this realisation came a great worry and his worry was justified because he had just offended the greatest companion.
He went to Nabi ﷺ and saw his face darkened with anger. Now Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه began to feel sorry for Umar رضي الله عنه, so he went on his knees and said to Nabi ﷺ that I was more wrong than Him. He never forgave me, but I spoke harshly first. Seeing this, Nabi ﷺ said to those who were present that when Allah sent me to you, you all thought I was lying at first but Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه knew I was telling the truth. He believed in me when no one else did. He has always helped and comforted me with his self and wealth. So for my sake, will you all not leave my companion alone?
In other words, Nabi ﷺ was telling them to not trouble him. The narrator of the story affirmed that after this day, Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه was never troubled again by any Sahaaba رضي الله عنه. That was the love Nabi ﷺ had for Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه, he wanted no harm to approach him but unfortunately, nowadays, we have people who curse Him! Imagine how great the consequences will be for such people! Shias make such vile statements, what will their condition be on the day of judgement if they do not repent? May Allah save us from cursing those who were beloved to Nabi ﷺ.
— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله
Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 20/7/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.