Some traditions have come down to us “hereunder the Holy Prophet paid joint tributes to Abu Bakr and Umar.
Abu Hurrayrah said:
“I heard the Holy Prophet say, ‘while a shepherd was in the midst of his flock, a wolf rushed upon it and carried from it a sheep and the shepherd pursued it, the wolf turned to him and said, who will be a protector to it on the day of resurrection-the day when there will be no other shepherd than myself. As a man was driving an ox which he had laden, it turned to him and said, Verily I was not created for this but for tillage.”
The companions cried, “Good God! Should an ox talk.” The Holy Prophet said:
“I believe in it, and likewise Abu Bakr and Umar.”
This is indicative of the Holy Prophet’s trust in the faith of Abu Bakr and Umar.
The Holy Prophet said:
“There was never a prophet but he had two Ministers from the dwellers in heaven and two Ministers from among the dwellers on earth. My two Ministers of the dwellers of heaven are Gabriel and Michael, and of the earth Abu Bakr and Umar’.”
It is related in a tradition that one day the Holy Prophet entered the mosque with Abu Bakr and Umar, one of them on his right hand, and the other upon his left. He held their hands and said:
“Thus shall we arise on the Day of Judgment.”
According to another tradition, the Holy Prophet looked on Abu Bakr and Umar and said:
“They are my hearing and my sight.”
There is another tradition according to which turning to Abu Bakr and Umar, the Holy Prophet said:
“Praise be to God, Who has strengthened me with ye two.” On one occasion, addressing Abu Bakr and Umar, the Holy Prophet said:
“If you two are agreed upon any matter, I would not oppose you.”
The Holy Prophet also said:
“Every prophet has chosen ones among his people and verily my elect from among my companions are Abu Bakr and Umar.”
The Holy Prophet said:
“Love towards Abu Bakr and Umar is faith; hatred towards them is infidelity.”
The Holy Prophet said on another occasion:
“Love towards Abu Bakr and Umar and a knowledge of them is an injunction of the law.”
The Holy Propet also said:
“Verily I hope for the same benefit for my people by their profession of love towards Abu Bakr and Umar that I hope for them by their profession of faith ithere is no god but God’.”
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