Most people have a best friend who they favour amongst all of the people. The best friend of Prophet Muhammad was Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (R). He was the only person, other than the Prophet’s own wife, who accepted Islam immediately and believed in Muhammad (S) from the first movement that he announced his Prophethood. Abu Bakr (R) always remained at the Prophet’s side and he had no reservations about spending his wealth for the sake of Islam and the Muslims. The Prophet’s Companions all recognized his superiority, yet he always remained humble and sincere towards all. This is the story of Abu Bakr (R) and his rise to leadership of the Muslim Ummah.
‘Umar bin Khattab (R) is one of the great Companions of the Prophet (S) and second Caliph of Islam. He was so firm in his practice of Islam that he usually could sense what was right or wrong before the Prophet (S) had informed others of it. He used to say his friends: If a mule stumbles near the Euphrates River, I fear being questioned by Allah as to why I had not paved the road for it. This book sheds light on the life and struggle of the greatest example of a just ruler. We should follow his footsteps to maintain justice in every walk of our life.
Uthman bin Affan (R) was one of the early men who accepted Islam in Makkah. From the first moment he became a Muslim, he put all his wealth under the service of Islam. He spent most of his resources to satisfy the needs of poor Muslims. Recognizing his generosity and devotion to Islam, the Prophet (S) told him that his place would be in Paradise on the Hereafter. He married Ruqayah (R),the Prophet’s daughter. After she died, he married her sister Um Kulthum ;for that, the people at that time called him Dhun Nurain, “The Man with the Two Lights.”
‘Ali bin Abi Talib (R) was one of the early people who believed in the religion of Islam while still a boy. He lived in the Prophet’s house and imitated him in all he did, led a humble life till the last moment of his life. The Prophet loved him very dearly. He took him as his brother in Islam. He praised him on many occasions as being the ‘Lion of Allah.’ No one of the Companions of the Prophet (S) was as much heroic as ‘Ali (R) was in every battle he fought for the support of the cause of Islam.