Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique R.A. in words of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq was the epitome of Ishq e Rasool. He was the first amond adults to embrace Islam. He shared the Cave with the Holy Prophet when they escaped from Mecca, and was referred to in the Holy Quran as “the second of the Two”. In the battle of Badr, he stood guard over the Holy Prophet. When he died he had the honour of being buried by the side of the tomb of the Holy Prophet.
In “The Mysteries of Selflessness” (Israr e Khudi), Iqbal syas that one night he saw Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq in a dream.
Seeing the great patriarch, Iqbal said “
“Respected Sir, you set new standards of love, you established the fabric of our commonwealth of love on a firm basis; please prescribe some remedy for the woes that plague us”
Thereupon Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq said:
“Get guidance from “Sura Ikhlas” in the Holy Quran. The remedy for all your maladies lies in holding fast to the doctrine of the Unity of God. God wanted all the Muslims to be one “Millat”, but you have created divisions among you, and labelled yourselves as Afghans, Iranians, Turks and so on. By such divisions you have undermined your own strength. You are like the fruit that has fallen unripe from the tree. The remedy of your woes is that you should discard these divisions. The Muslims should be integrated into one community, and should thus be a manifestation of the Unity of God. It is no use paying lip service to the doctrine of the Unity of God, when you do not observe it in spirit and resist divisive tendencies. Faith is purposeless without action, and that faith is a dead creed which is not put into practice.”
The message highlighted in this story is the message of Tauhid— Oneness, One God, One Prophet, One Holy Quran, and One Muslim Community.
Islam demands of us that all the Muslims throughout the world should regard themselves as one Community regardless of considerations of countries or colours.