Close the Gates (in the Mosque) Except The Gate of Abu Bakr

How many times can we mention the virtues of a single man before we recognize his status? How about when the best of creation, Allah’s Messenger bestows the honour of calling such a man his dear and intimate friend. Will we then accept the status of such a man?

Chapter 3: The saying of the Prophet “Close the gates (in the Mosque), except the gate of Abu Bakr.” [1]

Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri, (raa) “Allah’s Messenger (saws) addressed the people saying, Allah gave a choice to one of (His) slaves to choose this world or what is with Him. The slave chose what is with Allah.”

Abu Bakr (raa) wept, and we were astonished at his weeping caused by what the Prophet (saws) mentioned as to a slave (of Allah) who had been offered a choice, (we learned later on) that Allah’s Messenger (saws) himself was the person who was given the choice, and that Abu Bakr (raa) knew more than us.

Allah’s Messenger (saws) added Abu Bakr (raa) has favoured me much with his company and property (wealth) more than anybody else. If I were to take a Khalil [2] other than my Lord, I would have taken Abu Bakr (raa), but the Islamic brotherhood and friendship is sufficient. Close all the gates in the mosque except the gate of Abu Bakr (raa).”

[See Vol. 1, Hadith No. 466]

The Translation of the Meanings of Sahih Al-Bukhari by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin KhanHadith 3654, Volume 5, Book 62 The Virtues and the Merits of the Companions of the Prophet

  1. ^This is narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas (raa) on the authority of the Prophet (saws).
  2. ^Khalil: This word in Arabic means the one whose love is mixed with one’s soul, it is superior than a friend or a beloved. The Prophet (saws) had only one Khalil i.e., Allah but he had many friends.

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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.

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