Abu Bakr(RA): Who was foremost in all good deeds
The Prophet (peace be upon him) commented on Abu Bakr (RA), “If I had accepted anyone as my best friend, I would have accepted Abu Bakr, but he is my brother and companion.” How faithful and close Abu Bakr (RA) was to the Prophet (peace be upon him) is fully revealed through this statement. He was the worldly companion of the Prophet. Although his name was Abdullah (or, Atiq), he was well known as Abu Bakr As-Siddiq. In Arabic, ‘As-Siddiq’ is called the ultimate truthful person. Who acknowledges the truth and abides by it himself. Abu Bakr (RA) was in fact such a person.
The Prophet (peace upon him) called Abu Bakr (RA) his ‘closest friend’ and showed him love and respect. The word used in Arabic is ‘Khalil’; which means more than just friendship. Ibrahim (AS) was known as ‘Khalilullah’ (Khalil of Allah) and this same word is used by the Prophet for Abu Bakr (RA) to show his dignity.
Abu Bakr(RA) was endowed with the virtues of the Prophet
It is known from the history of Islam that Abu Bakr (R) was born two years after the birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and both were born in the Quraish tribe; although their genre was different. Abu Bakr (R) established himself as a successful businessman after his youth.
Abu Bakr (R) liked to talk and keep in touch with everyone around him and for this reason he was also an expert on the Arab dynasty. He knew the names and positions of all the Arab tribes and also had an idea of their good and bad qualities. This knowledge helped him to mix easily with many different people.
When the Prophet (peace be upon him) married Khadija (R), he became a neighbor of Abu Bakr (R) and realized that they both had almost the same characteristics. Both were businessmen and both were running their business with utmost honesty and dedication.
Both the Prophet (peace be upon him) and Abu Bakr (R) avoided the corruption and ignorance prevalent in pre-Islamic Arabia, and both disliked idolatry. Thus, having the same qualities, they recognized each other as kinship and formed a lifelong friendship.
Abu Bakr(RA) was the first to accept Islam
Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (R) was the first person to accept Islam by acknowledging the prophethood of the Prophet (peace be upon him). When Abu Bakr (R) heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) saying, “There is no one worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”, he accepted Islam without hesitation. Accepting the words of the Messenger of Allah without hesitation and without a moment’s thought was the manifestation of his righteous qualities.
When the Prophet (peace be upon him) started preaching Islam, he first secretly started inviting his trusted and close relatives. Because he knew that the people of Makkah would not accept his invitation so easily. Among the women, he was the first to invite his wife Khadija (R) and the first of his relatives to invite Abu Bakr (R). They both accepted Islam without hesitation. Choosing Abu Bakr (R) for the first invitation proves how close and faithful he was to the Prophet.
He was the first to call people towards Islam
Then Abu Bakr (R) brought 9 people to the Prophet (peace be upon him) in 2 days and each of them accepted Islam. Abu Bakr’s having a clear idea about the different tribes is very fruitful in the call of Islam. He took the Prophet (peace be upon him) to different tribes and helped him in his da’wah (calling towards Islam) by pointing out their good and bad aspects.
When the dawah began in public, the Prophet (peace be upon him) told Abu Bakr (R) that he should recite the Kalimah loudly in front of the people. Then Abu Bakr (R) accompanied the Messenger to the Kaaba and stood up and declared in front of everyone, “There is no one worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.” Thus, Abu Bakr (R) became the first public caller to Islam.
He was the first to believe in the Miraj
When the Prophet (peace be upon him) came from Miraj and told everyone about his journey, the disbelievers of Makkah began to laugh at him. And they called Abu Bakr (RA) and said, “Look, what is your companion saying?” Then Abu Bakr (RA) said, “If the Prophet really said that, I would have believed it without hesitation.” After his statement, the Prophet (peace be upon him) called him ‘As-Siddiq’.
Thus, many more incidents in his life prove that he was first or foremost in all good deeds. The other Companions of the Prophet also never defeated Abu Bakr (RA) by competing for good deeds.