Life is full of comparisons: what car is the best, what is the best job to have and who is the best at this and who is the best at that. We pass strangers in the street and we take notice of the way they may dress, the way they walk or how they may talk and we think to our selves to I look like that, do I talk like that? These things may seem important at the time but they are usually a frivolous list, like the stranger in the street, that when they pass their value is gone. If we change our focus and begin to compare the character and virtue of those around us, we may just find something truly useful.
Chapter 4: The merits of Abu Bakr (raa) as next to those of the Prophet (saws) (in excellence).
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar, (raa) “We used to compare the people as to who was better during the lifetime of Allah’s Messenger (saws). We used to regard Abu Bakr as the best, then ‘Umar, and then ‘Uthmãn (saws).