There are five dark matters and five lamps. Love of this world is darkness, and the fear of Allaah is its lamp. Sin is darkness, and its lamp is repentance. The grave is darkness, and its lamp is ‘none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allaah.’ The hereafter is darkness, and its lamp is the good deed. The Siraat is darkness, and its lamp is certainty of faith.
Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq [Faraaid Al-Kalaam (pg. 29)]
A man asked the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) about the hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying:
"when will the hour be?"
The Prophet said:
"What have you prepared for it?"
The man said:
"Nothing, except that I love Allaah and His Messenger."
The Prophet said:
"You will be with those whom you love."
We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (i.e., "You will be with those whom you love.") therefore, I love the Prophet, Abu Bakr and Umar, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs.
Where are the brothers you once knew? Where are the companions you once knew? They have reached where they were meant to go, having been met by the deeds they performed in their days gone by. They reside there either in misery or in happiness. Where are the arrogant tyrants who built the township and enriched them with walls? They are now underneath stones and wells. Where are those whose faces were beautiful and full of light, those who were impressed by their youth? They have become dust. Where are the kings? Where are those who were granted victory on the fields of war? Time has caused them to decay, and they are now in the darkness of their graves.
Abu Bakr (radiAllaahu anhu) once asked, “O Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)! When we will be punished for every sin, who can keep himself in good stead after the verse:
Whoever does a wrong will be recompensed for it [Qur'aan (4:123)]
Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "May Allaah forgive you, O Abu Bakr! Do you not fall ill? Do you not get tired? Do you never feel depressed? Do you never suffer hardship? Do calamities never befall you?"
"These things do happen,” Abu Bakr replied.
Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “This is the retribution (for your sins) in this world.” [Musnad Ahmad]
Abdullah ibn Umar (radiAllaahu anhu) says that Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) was once sitting with Abu Bakr (radiAllaahu anhu), who was wearing a robe on which he used thorns as buttons at the chest. At that moment, Jabra’eel (alayhi sallam) descended from the heavens and after conveying Allaah’s greetings to the Messenger of Allaah (salllallahu alayhi wa sallam) He asked:
“Why do I see Abu Bakr wearing a robe that he buttons at the chest with thorns?”
The Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “0 Jibra’eel! He had spent all his wealth on me before the conquest of Makkah (and has nothing left for himself).”
Jibra’eel (alayhi wa sallam) said to the Prophet (sallalallahu alayhi wa sallam): ”Convey Allaah’s greetings to him and tell him that his Rabb asks, ‘Are you pleased with Me in this state of poverty or unpleased?’”
He (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) turned to Abu Bakr and said: “0 Abu Bakr! Jibra’eel is here. He conveys to you the greetings from Allaah Who asks, ‘Are you pleased with Me in this state of poverty or unpleased?”’
Abu Bakr started to cry and said: “Can I ever be displeased with my Rabb? I am pleased with my Rabb! I am pleased with my Rabb!”
[Abu Nu’aym in Al-Hilya (vol 7 pg.105) and Fadhaa’ilus Sahabah, narrating from Abu Hurairah (radiAllaahu anhu)
Abu Bakr the Truthful is my minister, my vicegerent of my nation after me, Umar converses upon my tongue, Ali is my cousin, my brother and bearer of my standard and Uthman is from me and I am from Uthman.
Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) [Al-Tabarani in Al Kabir, ibn Addi in Al-kamal]
Abu Bakr (radiAllaahu anhu) knocked at the door, and called (announcing that he was Abu Bakr, and that he wanted the permission to be admitted). The face of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) became so much elegant, and he said to Khadijah (radiAllaahu anha): “He is Atiq, O Khadijah." The Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) hurried to meet him.
Abu Bakr said: "O my Arab brother! Is it true that news which reached me from the people?”
Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) asked: “Which news reached you from the people?”
Abu Bakr said: “They say that Allaah has sent you to us (to order us) to worship Him Alone, and not associate anything with Him.”
The Prophet said: “What did you answer them, O Atiq?”
Abu Bakr said: “I said, ‘If he said so, then, he has told the truth.’”
The eyes of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa salaam) overflowed with tears cheerfully and gratefully. He embraced his companion and kissed his forehead. Then, he narrarated to hm how the revelation came to him while he was in the cave of Hira. reciting
“Recite in the name of your Lord who created - Created man from a clinging substance. Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous - Who taught by the pen - Taught man that which he knew not.”
The most superior and the best of all men after the Prophets (Alayhi Sallam) is Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq. And then, Umar ibn al-Khattab al-Farooq. And then Uthman ibn Affan Dhu’n Nurayn. And then Ali ibn Abi Talib. RadiAllaahu anhum; they were worshippers and steadfast on Truth and sided with Truth. We love all of them.