Allah’s Apostle, Who Are The Best After Him?

Narrated Muhammad bin Al-Hanafiya (raa): I asked my father (‘Ali bin Abi Talib (raa)), “Who are the best people after Allah’s Apostle (saws)?”

He said, “Abu Bakr (raa).”

I asked, “Who then?

He said, “Then ‘Umar (raa). “

I was afraid he would say Uthman (raa), so I said, “Then you?”

He said, “I am only an ordinary person.”

Companions of the Prophet – Sahih Bukhari: Volume 5, Book 57, Number 20:

Published by

Gary Larocque

Born and raised in Canada of French/English heritage. Founder of TSP Muslim (The Straight Path Muslim). Accepted Islam September 12th, 2007 after years of study.

8 thoughts on “Allah’s Apostle, Who Are The Best After Him?”

  1. Assalam Alaikum.
    Our amazing sahabas were very modest.
    since you seem to know so many ahadeeth, could you tell me if you’ve come across a hadeeth regarding the month of Safar. ive read it in a few places but the only reference I found was “Muslim”…. the hadeeth number would really make my day. thanx
    do keep up the good work

    1. Wa alaikum salaam, with the resources I have I have come across five hadith (narations) that make mention of the Month of Safar, four of which concern Umrah and Hajj. The fifth is in regards to omens

      Pilgrimmage (Hajj) – Bukhari :: Book 2 :: Volume 26 :: Hadith 635
      The Book of Pilgrimage (Kitab Al-Hajj) – Muslim :: Book 7 : Hadith 2858
      Merits of the Helpers in Madinah (Ansaar) – Bukhari :: Book 5 :: Volume 58 :: Hadith 173
      The Rites of Hajj (Kitab Al-Manasik Wa’l-Hajj) – Dawud :: Book 10 : Hadith 1982

      Omens: Medicine – Bukhari :: Book 7 :: Volume 71 :: Hadith 608

    2. There is also this one about payment during that month Safar but the hadith deals more with transactions and contracts regarding peace treaties.

      Tribute, Spoils, and Rulership (Kitab Al-Kharaj, Wal-Fai’ Wal-Imarah) – Dawud :: Book 19 : Hadith 3035

      Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) concluded peace with the people of Najran on condition that they would pay to Muslims two thousand suits of garments, half of Safar, and the rest in Rajab, and they would lend (Muslims) thirty coats of mail, thirty horses, thirty camels, and thirty weapons of each type used in battle.

      Muslims will stand surely for them until they return them in case there is any plot or treachery in the Yemen. No church of theirs will be demolished and no clergyman of theirs will be turned out. There will be no interruption in their religion until they bring something new or take usury.

      Isma’il said: “They took usury.”

    3. There are a few others that refer to illness and they use the word safar which is explained in this narration:

      The Book on Salutations and Greetings (Kitab As-Salam) – Muslim :: Book 26 : Hadith 5516

      Jabir b. ‘Abdullah reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: “There is no transitive disease, no safar, no ghoul.”

      He (the narrator) said, “I heard Abu Zubair say: Jabir explained for them the word safar.”

      Abu Zubair said, “safar means belly.”

      It was said to Jabir, “Why is it so? He said that it was held that safar implied the worms of the belly, but he gave no explanation of ghoul.”

      Abu Zubair said, “Ghoul is that which kills the travelers.”

  2. No doubt the Sahaba are the best of the ummah of Muhammad (s.a.w). This hadith shows us the fact that Abu Bakr (r.a) and Umar (r.a) are the best after the prophet. No Doubt, Ali (r.a) is the best after Uthman (r.a), but due to his modesty, he said he is an ordinary person. May Allah be pleased with them ALL !!!

    1. I respect ALL Sahaba… But Ali (karam Allah wajha) is the best… as He was the Ehlal Bait (member of the Family), A true Companion and His Son in Law (Husband of Fatima (r.a)) There are many Hadiths where the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w) has repeatedly praised Ali… and Allah knows the best.

Leave a Reply