Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reports:
"Once Messenger of Allah ﷺ came out of his house at such a time, that it was not his noble habit to do so at that time. Nor did anyone come to meet him at that time. At that moment Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) came to Messenger of Allah ﷺ. He asked: 'What brought you here, O Abubakr?' Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: 'I came out to meet the Rasul of Allah, and look at his noble face. (This was due to the complete relationship of Abubakr Siddiqe (may Allah be pleased with him), that when Messenger of Allah ﷺ unexpectedly came out of his house, it had an effect on Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him). According to this humble servant, this is the best explanation, and this complete relationship is the reason for the continuity of the khilaafah of Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) with the nabawi period after the death of Messenger of Allah ﷺ. If someone else had been elected as a khalifah, then due to the incomplete relationship, there would have been some changes in the laws of the time. It would have been an additional sorrow after the demise of Messenger of Allah ﷺ for the Sahaabah, and would have been unacceptable to them, whereas, Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him)'Anhu had such a close and deep relationship with Messenger of Allah ﷺ that on many aspects Abubakr Siddiqe (may Allah be pleased with him) had the same thoughts as that of Messenger of Allah ﷺ. The incident of Hudaybiyyah is a testimony to this, which has already been mentioned in the book: 'Stories of the Sahaabah'. The Muslims felt so much humilation in accepting the harsh conditions of the non-believers that many among the Sahaabah could not bear it. 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) anxiously came to Messenger of Allah ﷺ and said: 'O Messenger of Allah, are you not the truthful Nabi of Allah?' Messenger of Allah ﷺ replied: 'Indeed, I am'. 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: 'Are we not on The Haq (True Path) and the enemy on falsehood?' Messenger of Allah ﷺ replied: 'Truly indeed'. 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: 'Why are we being degraded in this manner in our deen?' Messenger of Allah ﷺ replied: "I am the Messenger of Allah, and I cannot disobey Him. Verily He is my protector'. 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: 'Did you not say to us that we are going to Makkah, and are going to perform the tawaaf?' Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: 'Verily it is true, but did I say that we will go this year to Makkah?' 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: 'No, you did not say this'. Messenger of Allah ﷺ then said: 'We will surely go to Makkah and perform tawaaf'. After this 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) with the same zeal went to Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) 'Anbu and said: 'O Abubakr, is this not the truthful Nabi of Allah?' Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: 'Verily, yes'. 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) asked: 'Are we not on the truth and the non-believers on falsehood?' Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: 'Verily, true'. 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) then said: 'Why are we being disgraced in this manner for our deen?' Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: 'O man, without doubt, he is the truthful nabi, and he does not disobey Allah in the least, and only Allah is his protector. Hold fast unto his reigns'. 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: 'Did he not say to us that we will be going to Makkah, and will be performing the tawaaf?' Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: 'Did he promise you this that we will go this year?' 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: 'No, he did not say this to us'. Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) said. 'You will go to Makkah and will also perform tawaaf '. This incident has been mentioned in detail in the Bukhaari.' There are many other similar amazing incidents. Even when Messenger of Allah ﷺ committed an ijtihaadi slip up, Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) would also in that instance have the same opinion, as was the case with the prisoners of the Battle of Badr, the incident of which is mentioned at the end of Suratul Anfaal.In this case Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) presenting himself at an unusual moment is the case of the soul of Messenger of Allah ﷺ having an influence on the heart of Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him), as if he was also feeling hungry.I remember everything of the Sorrow of separation O (beloved) Zaalim But I forget everything after seeing your countenance.Some of the 'ulama state the coming of Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was due to hunger, but after seeing Messenger of Allah ﷺ this feeling of hunger vanished. Therefore on the inquiry of Messenger of Allah ﷺ, he did not mention this.Some of the 'ulama have written that Abubakr (may Allah be pleased with him) came due to the hunger he experienced, but he did not mention this, because it may become difficult for Messenger of Allah ﷺ, for the difficulties of a friend supersedes the difficulties of one's self). A little while passed, when 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) presented himself. Messenger of Allah ﷺ asked him the reason of presenting himself at such an odd time. He replied: 'Because of hunger, O Messenger of Allah'. Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: 'I am also experiencing a bit of that'. All then went to the house of Abul Haytham Ansaari (may Allah be pleased with him)'Anhu. He was the owner of many date palms, trees and sheep, and he did not have any servants. (For this reason he did all the work himself). They did not find him there. They asked his wife, 'Where is your companion?' She replied: 'He has gone to bring sweet water for us'. A little while had not passed, when Abul Haytham (may Allah be pleased with him) experiencing difficulty arrived carrying the water bag. He put it down. He then came and honoured Messenger of Allah ﷺ, his noble guest, and was pleased by the honour of meeting Messenger of Allah ﷺ, (and proud of his good fortune, reciting and embracing him).O companion when my benevolent moments will come. Without invitation you will come away to my home.and began to sacrifice on Messenger of Allah ﷺ his father and mother. (i.e. He was saying, may my father and mother be sacrificed on you). After that he requested them to come to his palm grove. He spread out for them a mat, then went to a palm and brought a,whole bunch (which had ripe, half ripe etc. kinds of dates on it), and put it before them. Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: 'Why did you not only pick the ripe ones'. (rather than bringing the whole bunch). He (the host) said. 'Eat what pleases you from it'. They ate from it, and drank water. Messenger of Allah ﷺ said there after, (of which every moment of his life was a means of education for the ummah), I swear an oath by the Being in whose hands lies my life, this is also included among those blessings of which one will be asked on the day of qiyaamah, (which Allah Ta'aala has mentioned at the end of Surah Takathur. It will be asked regarding gratitude. He then counted the blessings of that moment), the cool shadow, good fresh dates, and cold water. Thereafter the host started going to prepare meals, whereupon Messenger of Allah ﷺ said to him, in happiness do not just slaughter any animal, but slaughter an animal that does not give milk. The host slaughtered for them a female or male young goat. (He quickly prepared the food), and presented it before them. They partook of it' (Messenger of Allah ﷺ noticed that he was doing all the work by himself, and at the beginning he had brought the sweet water himself too). Messenger of Allah ﷺ inquired: 'Have you not any servants?' He replied: 'No' Whereupon Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: 'When slaves shall arrive, remind us. Incidentally only two slaves were brought to Messenger of Allah ﷺ. Abul Haytham (may Allah be pleased with him) came to remind Messenger of Allah ﷺ of his promise. Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: 'Choose any one of them'. (Where will such a Sahaabi who has sacrificed himself for Messenger of Allah ﷺ put forward his own desire in the presence of Messenger of Allah ﷺ. Therefore,) He said: 'O Nabi of Allah, you choose one for me'. (Besides piety, there could have been no other reason for liking and choosing a slave) Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: 'An adviser is trustworthy (and by me being the trustworthy person) I choose this slave for you, as I had seen him perform his salaah. Remember my one advice, and that is to treat him well'. (First Messenger of Allah ﷺ mentioned the rule an adviser must adopt. Then reminded that my choice will be a responsible and trustworthy one. He then chose one and gave his reason for it, that the slave is one that upkeeps the salaah, therefore this slave was given preference. In our times, for an employee to be punctual with the salaah is a fault,' as it hinders the work of the employer). Abul Haytham (may Allah be pleased with him) went (happily home, that he had someone to help him in his chores) to his wife, and told her what Messenger of Allah ﷺ had said. His wife said: "You will not be able to fulfil exactly that which Messenger of Allah ﷺ had commanded. It is difficult for us to truly carry out that noble advice, therefore free him, for by this it will be possible to fulfil the commands of Messenger of Allah ﷺ'. The husband then said,. 'He is free'. (He did not care the least for his troubles and difficulties. When Messenger of Allah ﷺ came to know about this honourable sacrifice) Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: 'For every nabi and his successors Allah Ta'aala creates two concealed advisers. One of which induces to do good and saves from committing evil. The other advises not to care the least in ruining and destroying a person. The one that is saved from this persons wickedness, is being saved from all ruin and destruction".
حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا آدَمُ بْنُ أَبِي إِيَاسٍ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا شَيْبَانُ أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْمَلِكِ بْنُ عُمَيْرٍ، عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ: خَرَجَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم، فِي سَاعَةٍ لا يَخْرُجُ فِيهَا، وَلا يَلْقَاهُ فِيهَا أَحَدٌ، فَأَتَاهُ أَبُو بَكْرٍ، فَقَالَ: مَا جَاءَ بِكَ يَا أَبَا بَكْرٍ؟، قَالَ: خَرَجْتُ أَلْقَى رَسُولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَأَنْظُرُ فِي وَجْهِهِ، وَالتَّسْلِيمَ عَلَيْهِ، فَلَمْ يَلْبَثْ أَنْ جَاءَ عُمَرُ، فَقَالَ: مَا جَاءَ بِكَ يَا عُمَرُ؟، قَالَ: الْجُوعُ يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ، قَالَ صلى الله عليه وسلم: وَأَنَا قَدْ وَجَدْتُ بَعْضَ ذَلِكَ، فَانْطَلَقُوا إِلَى مَنْزِلِ أَبِي الْهَيْثَمِ بْنِ التَّيْهَانِ الأَنْصَارِيِّ، وَكَانَ رَجُلا كَثِيرَ النَّخْلِ وَالشَّاءِ، وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ خَدَمٌ، فَلَمْ يَجِدُوهُ، فَقَالُوا لامْرَأَتِهِ: أَيْنَ صَاحِبُكِ؟ فَقَالَتِ: انْطَلَقَ يَسْتَعْذِبُ لَنَا الْمَاءَ، فَلَمْ يَلْبَثُوا أَنْ جَاءَ أَبُو الْهَيْثَمِ بِقِرْبَةٍ يَزْعَبُهَا، فَوَضَعَهَا ثُمَّ جَاءَ يَلْتَزِمُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَيُفَدِّيهِ بِأَبِيهِ وَأُمِّهِ، ثُمَّ انْطَلَقَ بِهِمْ إِلَى حَدِيقَتِهِ فَبَسَطَ لَهُمْ بِسَاطًا، ثُمَّ انْطَلَقَ إِلَى نَخْلَةٍ فَجَاءَ بِقِنْوٍ فَوَضَعَهُ، فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم: أَفَلا تَنَقَّيْتَ لَنَا مِنْ رُطَبِهِ؟ فَقَالَ: يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ، إِنِّي أَرَدْتُ أَنْ تَخْتَارُوا، أَوْ تَخَيَّرُوا مِنْ رُطَبِهِ وَبُسْرِهِ، فَأَكَلُوا وَشَرِبُوا مِنْ ذَلِكَ الْمَاءِ فَقَالَ صلى الله عليه وسلم: هَذَا وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ مِنِ النَّعِيمِ الَّذِي تُسْأَلُونَ عَنْهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ظِلٌّ بَارِدٌ، وَرُطَبٌ طَيِّبٌ، وَمَاءٌ بَارِدٌ فَانْطَلَقَ أَبُو الْهَيْثَمِ لِيَصْنَعَ لَهُمْ طَعَامًا فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم: لا تَذْبَحَنَّ ذَاتَ دَرٍّ، فَذَبَحَ لَهُمْ عَنَاقًا أَوْ جَدْيًا، فَأَتَاهُمْ بِهَا فَأَكَلُوا، فَقَالَ صلى الله عليه وسلم: هَلْ لَكَ خَادِمٌ؟، قَالَ: لا، قَالَ: فَإِذَا أَتَانَا، سَبْيٌ، فَأْتِنَا فَأُتِيَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِرَأْسَيْنِ لَيْسَ مَعَهُمَا ثَالِثٌ، فَأَتَاهُ أَبُو الْهَيْثَمِ، فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم: اخْتَرْ مِنْهُمَا فَقَالَ: يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ، اخْتَرْ لِي فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم: إِنَّ الْمُسْتَشَارَ مُؤْتَمَنٌ، خُذْ هَذَا، فَإِنِّي رَأَيْتُهُ يُصَلِّي، وَاسْتَوْصِ بِهِ مَعْرُوفًا فَانْطَلَقَ أَبُو الْهَيْثَمِ إِلَى امْرَأَتِهِ، فَأَخْبَرَهَا بِقَوْلِ رَسُولِ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم، فَقَالَتِ امْرَأَتُهُ: مَا أَنْتَ بِبَالِغٍ حَقَّ مَا، قَالَ فِيهِ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِلا بِأَنْ تَعْتِقَهُ، قَالَ: فَهُوَ عَتِيقٌ، فَقَالَ صلى الله عليه وسلم: إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمْ يَبْعَثْ نَبِيًّا وَلا خَلِيفَةً إِلا وَلَهُ بِطَانَتَانِ: بِطَانَةٌ تَأْمُرُهُ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَاهُ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ، وَبِطَانَةٌ لا تَأْلُوهُ خَبَالا، وَمَنْ يُوقَ بِطَانَةَ السُّوءِ فَقَدْ وُقِيَ.