Treating myself to a new pair of Loubs. Why am I so fabulous… Sometimes I forget to live in the moment. I’m always so worried about my future. But when I stop to look at my surroundings. I realize- I’ve created one hell of a life for myself… I’m 19 years old and I’ll of made 6 figures this year plus I’m balancing school….I swear I’m going to be a millionaire by the time I’m 30. Cheers!
How beautiful of a man was Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.
Indeed it was with his grand characteristics that truly made him the Khalifah of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.
When we talk about him, we cannot deny the fact that he was such a soft-hearted man, so generous and embodied such beautiful faith and trust in Allah Azza Wa Jall and great love for His Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.
Amidst all these beautiful attributes, one attribute of him would always stand out and this was his love for the Qur’an. A lot of Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum have such connection with the Qur’an, but what makes Abu Bakr well known in this area was how he would frequently cry or couldn’t hold back his tears whenever he recited the Qur’an.
See, this great man had such a lifelong attachment to the Qur’an, it was just so amazing. He was a man who memorized the Noble Qur’an, contemplated its meanings, and applied its teachings.
Also, he never spoke about the Qur’an without knowledge. If he was asked about the meaning of a verse, and if he knew its meaning, he would impart his knowledge. But if he didn’t know the meaning of a particular verse, he would reply, "What earth will carry me and what sky will give me shade if I say about the Book of Allah a meaning that Allah did not intend."
Now, let us ponder about this wisdom that this great man left behind. Indeed, there are verses in the Qur’an that only Allah Azza Wa Jall knows, and the knowledge of the Qur’an is given only to chosen people by Allah Azza Wa Jall, we cannot indeed merely interpret it’s meanings without proper knowledge.
Let us learn from Abu Bakr,let us impart the knowledge that we are bestowed upon by Allah Azza Wa Jall and have learnt, when asked or when we want to explain something to clear some misconceptions about Islam, it is indeed a duty for us as Muslims.
But let your fear of Allah stop you from answering such questions from people regarding your deen. Do not answer people without proper knowledge about a matter in hand, look at Abu Bakr, he was a knowledgeable man but not every knowledgeable man knows everything.
Remember, there is something that you do not know that someone knows about, and there is something that you know that someone else doesn’t know about, that is why we need to impart and partake knowledge, we learn from each other, so let not the greed for knowledge stop you from sharing what you know and let not the greed for self-interest lure you to speak about something you do not know of.
And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall bestows upon us such knowledge and make us among those people who are generously sharing the knowledge that they are given and also may He make us among those people who are always eager to learn from other people.
Story about Abu Bakr was taken from At Tarikh Al Khulafa, As-Suyuti, p. 117