About this episode

In the next part, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi connects us with some important anecdotes and facts concerning the pre-Islamic life and the conversion to Islam.

As we delve deeper into the lecture, we come to understand of the prominence behind Abu Bakr RA conversion and shift to that he was the first non family male member to do so. Also, we gather information on how he faced atrocities in the wake of this decision and also about his mother accepting Islam too.

Shaykh Yasir then reveals the reward that Abu Bakr RA achieves for setting into motion this greatest deed - he is elevated in stature by Allah SWT Himself as he is mentioned in the Qur'an in Surah Tawbah as "Second of the two" (Thani Ath-nayn), "sahib" (companion) and that "Allah is with us" .

Some eminent stories making the cut in this video are the story of Zayd ibn Amr ibn Nufayl and Ibn Abu Sult, Abu Bakr (r) learning about prophethood from Waraqah Ibn Naufal and various others. 

The happiness of Prophet Muhammad on this great event of Abu Bakr RA conversion to Islam is substantiated from the Hadith narrated by Aishah RA, "When Abu Bakr converted, the happiest person in Makkah was prophet Muhammad ﷺ."

We also get acquainted with the blessed "Ten promised Paradise"  at the hands of Abu Bakr as their reward for conversion to Islam and they are - Zubayr Ibn Al-Awwam , Uthman ibn Affan , Talha ibn Ubaydullah , Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas and Abdurrahman Ibn Auf .

Abu BAkr RA was also the first Khateeb of Islam to preach the message of Islam publicly. He showed immense resilience, bravery and courage in his pursuit for da'wah of Islam and set a precedence in giving money, advising the Prophet ﷺ and freeing slaves .

May Allah SWT make us among those who emulate the Sahabas and imbibe their traits to perfection.

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