The greatest competition ever to occur in the history of this Ummah was that of ‘Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) with Abu Bakr (ra), though this competition was not a battle of strength, skill or the mind, but rather a race towards Jannah (Paradise) for the one who can fill his scales with greater deeds!
At the battle of Tabuk the Prophet (SAWS) encouraged the Sahabah (raa) to give whatever they can in the cause of Allaah.
‘Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) reported the incident in first person: The Messenger of Allaah (SAWS) ordered us to give charity and at the time I possessed some wealth. I said to myself, “If there is a day I can do better than Abu Bakr, then this is the one.”
So I went with half of my wealth to the Messenger of Allaah and he asked, “What have you left for your family?”
I said, “The same amount.” (i.e. half)
Then Abu Bakr came with everything he had. The Prophet (SAWS) asked, “O Abu Bakr, what have you left for your family?”
Abu Bakr (ra) replied, “Allaah and His Messenger!”
Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) reflecting on this said, “By Allaah, I will never do better than Abu Bakr.”
Study the biography of the single greatest human being that ever walked the surface of this earth, whom Allaah SWT sent as a Mercy to Mankind.
One of the most elite of the companions from the Ansar was Ka’b bin Malik (ra), a brave Companion who participated in every obligatory battle & expedition alongside the Prophet (SAWS) except the obligatory expedition of Tabuk.
Such a crime is so unbecoming of a Muslim that only the hypocrites who pretend to be Believers would commit such an atrocity.
However, even in the midst of all odds against him, with such a major sin on his record, Ka’b bin Malik (ra) conquered his trials and came out victorious because of his truthfulness and sincerity.
Join Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi as he unravels one of the most heart-wrenching stories in the the Seerah of the Prophet (SAWS).