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Posted by answersforshiafriend on October 5, 2011

The Ashra e Mubasharah

The Ten Who Were Given the Glad Tidings of Paradise

Who are the Ashra e Mubasharah?

  • Ashra means ten and Mubasharah means good news or glad tidings
  • Ashra e Mubasharah is a term used to refer to ten companions of Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhe Wasallam about whom he clearly stated that they will be inParadise.

 

“Abu Bakr will be in Paradise, Umar will be in Paradise, Uthman will be in Paradise, Ali will be in Paradise, Talhah will be in Paradise, Al-Zubayr will be in Paradise, Abdul-Rahman ibn Awf will be in Paradise, Sad ibn Abi Waqqas will be in Paradise, Said ibn Zayd will be in Paradise and Abu Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrah will be in Paradise.”  Its isnad is sahih. [Sahih al-Jami` as-Saghir, 1/70, no. 50]

All of these ten Companions were the earliest converts to Islam and all of them emigrated in the way of Allah. Allah says about all the early converts to Islam from the  emigrants (Muhajreen) and the helpers (Ansar) in the Quran:

“And the first to embrace Islâm of the Muhâjirûn and the Ansâr  and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allâh is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.” (Tawbah :100)

 

  1. Abu Bakr As Siddiq
  • He was a friend and neighbor of Prophet Muhammad (saw) before the revelation of Quran to Muhammad saw.
  • He was the first adult man and the first one outside the family of Prophet Muhammad saw to accept Islam.
  • He was the fourth person to accept Islam overall (After Khadija ra – the first woman, Ali (ra) – the first child and Zaid Bin Harisa – the first slave)
  • He was the first person to liberate slaves in the way of God.
  • He had the unique distinction of being given the titles of ‘Siddiq’ and ‘Atiq’ by the Holy Prophet.
  • Of all the companions, Abu Bakr was the closest and the dearest to the Holy Prophet. He had the unique distinction of being the companion of the Holy Prophet in the cave in Mount.Thauron the occasion of the Holy Prophet’s migration from Makkah to Madina.
  • His daughter Ayesha (ra) was married to Prophet Muhammad (saw)
  • The land for Masjid-i-Nabvi at Madina was purchased with the money of Abu Bakr.
  • When Abu Bakr accepted Islam, he had 40,000 dirhams with him. He spent the whole of this amount in the cause of Islam. The Holy Prophet acknowledged that he had utilized the wealth of Abu Bakr more than the wealth of any other person. When the Holy Prophet invited contributions to finance the Tabuk expedition, Abu Bakr had the unique distinction of contributing all that he had.
  • The Holy Prophet was pleased to appoint Abu Bakr as the first “Amirul Hajj” in the history of Islam.
  • Abu Bakr had the distinction to be appointed as the Imam to lead the prayers in the lifetime of the Holy Prophet.
  • In his last address at Masjid-i-Nabvi, the Holy Prophet ordered that all doors opening into the mosque should be closed except the door leading to the house of Abu Bakr.
  • Abu Bakr had the distinction of being the first Caliph in the history of Islam.
  • He was the only Caliph in the history of Islam who refunded to the state treasury at the time of his death the entire amount of the allowance that he had drawn during the period of his caliphate.
  • The Prophet said, “If I were to take a Khalil, I would have taken Abu Bakr, but he is my brother and my companion (in Islam).” Bukhari
  • He had the honor of being buried right next to Prophet Muhammad saw inMedina.
All Sahabas had their own distinction and Ali had his own distinction. Shias try to make you believe that only Ali had his distinctions which made him suitable for Khilafah over others, but we should not forget that Abu Bakr had his own set of qualities and distinctions and what can be more important than being chosen by Prophet s to be Amir ul Hajj and Imam of Masjid e Nabawi.

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