To Conform To The Sunnah
After Siddiq-e Akbar
had stated his will, he sent a man to Hazrat Umar
to summon him and told him many things in which he especially insisted
upon him to conform to the Sunnah. Accordingly, he said: "O Umar! The ‘malicious’
nursed malice against you and the ‘beloved’ loved you, and this is a tradition
continuing from ancient times, that enmity and antagonism are cherished
against goodness". Hazrat Umar said: "I have no need of khilafat". Hazrat
Abu Bakr said: "But the office of caliphate requires you. You have seen
the sovereign of the Two Worlds ,
you have been in his company, and you have seen that the Holy Prophet
always gave preference to us over his self, so much so that we used to
give to the members of his household the remainder of the gifts that he
used to give us. And you have seen me and have lived with me. As for me,
I have followed that noble being who was before me .
By Allah! I am not talking to you in sleep, as if in a dream, and I am
not giving these depositions whimsically. Undoubtedly I am in the way in
which there is no crookedness.
So you now prevent the people from falling into errors, for now they will always entertain apprehension from your side and they will fear you, as long as you fear Allah. This is my will, and I salute you".
Thereafter Hazrat Abu Bakr invoked blessings for Hazrat Umar. He also invoked that "O Allah! Make Umar one of those good caliphs who may follow the instruction of Your Prophet of Mercy and follow those who are good after Your Prophet may follow him and reform the subjects for him". Ameen!