Would The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) have kept silent (with doing nothing) to those liars who tried to turn over the flag of the truth and extinguish the light of Allah? In spite of their wrong thinking, they did not use their own logic (in defense of their opinions), but they carried arms and called for invading Madinah. Let him (Abu Bakr) then do what The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) had to do (if he was alive at the time of apostasy).
He sent his forces to fight the rebels everywhere, and his armies emerged victorious over those strongholds (of apostates). Then, they pursued the hidden motivating sources of affliction in both Sham and Iraq, which the Romans and the Persians used as centers of conspiracies and plots (against Muslims). In those regions of Sham, Iraq and Dumat AI-Jandal, the Muslim armies met with people, who were so much thirsty for faith (in Allah), justice and security.
Where did the rebels who carried the arms in order to obliterate the new religion go? Where did Musailamah, Tulaihah and Sajah (who falsely claimed to be prophets) go with their sweeping armies? Where were those who chanted while lifting their arms: "О slaves of Allah, what does Abu Bakr have to do with us"?
They all dispersed and were scattered to pieces like а stray whirlwind, and turned away from the truth, lamenting their state with another poetic verse, in which they said: "Behold! Let me drink before (the arrival of) the horsemen of Abu Bakr, for perhaps our death would be so near, though we do not perceive it." "The horsemen of Abu Bakr"! This phrase became а clatter of terror for those who intended to demolish the truth with their falsehood.
Which great change did blow (the waves of) Abu Bakr's character? In fact, there was no change (in his character). All the situations of this Truly Believer (As-Siddiq), which might go beyond any expectation, were not extrinsic. That is because the nature of this great man was of such а soft as attained its maturity from the very early years of age, without being eccentric during the very old age, which was rather а natural extension, continuation and development of its good merits, values and powers.
Abu Bakr who was amiable was himself the same strong man, since he came to life. His constant overwhelming strength which appeared when he became caliph, was itself the same over which he had control during the lifetime of The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him). But during the lifetime of The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) he did his best to remain а shadow man (far from the lights of fame), with no light shed upon him, or (distinctive) favour with which he might be credited (in such а way as to put him on equal footing with The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him)).
But, following the death of The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) he became, whether or not he so wished, the one, who should play the main role on the arena of events. Henceforward, he was not able to hide his good characteristics, because his responsibilities placed him ahead of all the rows. In this way, Islam was capable of seeing, more clearly and explicitly, the good characteristics of its great blessed man.
His power and constancy with which he undertook his responsibilities as the caliph were also the same with which he had undertaken his responsibilities as а believing man, During the very early days of the call, whenever he heard that The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) was being hurt, he would run to support him in а hurry. He would set The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) free from being hurt, and surrender himself voluntarily to be hurt instead.
At the time of Migration, he became so much pleased with being the company of The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) on the journey; although he was well-aware of the fact that Quraish would mobilize all its forces in their pursuit. On the day of (the holy battle of) Badr, be stuck to The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) in his tent, though he knew very well that this tent was effectively endangered (as being а main target for the enemies).
Furthermore, on the day of (the holy battle of) Uhud, when the archers did not comply with the order of their Prophet, thinking that the battle had come to its end by the defeat of Quraish, leaving their places on the top of the mountain, which led the army of Quraish to return and strike them, and consequently, the Muslims were defeated, and the battlefield was full but of the dead bodies of martyrs, being mutilated by the polytheists very monstrously, on that very day, The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) saw Abu Bakr running alone towards the polytheists, raising his sword to face them. But, The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) called him imploringly: "Sheath your sword, О Abu Bakr, and do not grieve us with your death!"
The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) kept calling Abu Bakr, ordering him to return; and he returned accordingly. That's because he was not to disobey The Messenger of Allah (Allah's blessing and peace be upon him) even in case this obedience would stand in the way of his martyrdom for which he had а great longing.
This was the reliable power, which Abu Bakr used to get from the depth of his entity, and from the depth of his faith. No doubt, it was а free Arab entity, which received the most wonderful and meritorious characteristics from his environment in which he was brought up. It was also а great faith, of а truly believer, who saw it better to be snatched away by wolves than to violate any order attached to his faith.
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