The Strongest of the Companions in Iman
On the authority of Abu Huraira (Ra) who said the Messenger of Allah (SWT) (saw) prayed the morning prayer, then he faced the people and said: ‘While a man was leading a cow,he began to ride it and beat it. So the cow said to him: ‘we were not created for this, rather we were created for ploughing.’ So the people said: ‘Subhana Allaah a cow spoke!’ The Messenger of Allah (SWT) (saw) said: ‘Indeed I believe this, me and Abu Bakr and Umar.’ Even though they were not present.
Prohpet Muhammad continued: ‘While a man was with some sheep, suddenly a wolf attacked them and took away one sheep from amongst them. The shepherd called the sheep as if trying to rescue it from the wolf. The wolf said to him: ‘You want to rescue it from me, so who will protect it on the day when the predatory animal comes, the day when it has no shepherd other than me.’ So the people said: ‘Subhanallah, a wolf spoke. The Messenger of Allah (SWT) (saw) said: ‘Indeed I believe this, me and Abu Bakr and Umar.’ Even though they were not present.
Hafidh Ibn Hajr said: ‘It is possible that the Prophet (saw) said that due to what he knew of their overwhelming Iman and the strength of their certainty.
On the authority of Abu Huraira -(Ra)- who said the Messenger of Allah (SWT) (saw) said: There was a man walking wearing a garment whose appearance impressed his own self. Allah (SWT) made the ground swallow him up and he kept tumbling down into it until the Day of Judgement.’ Abu Bakr and Umar testified to it, while Abu Bakr and Umar were not present.
On the authority of Ayyoob who said: that AbdurRahmaan bin Abu Bakr said to his father (Abu Bakr): I saw you on the day of Uhud but I avoided you. So Abu Bakr said: ‘if I had seen you I would not have avoided you.’
On the authority of Umar: ‘If the Iman of Abu Bakr was weighed against the Iman of the people of the earth, the Iman of Abu Bakr would outweigh the others.’
On the authority of Aa’ishah who said: ‘I swear by Allah (SWT) that Abu Bakr left drinking alcohol in pre-Islaamic times and he did not doubt in Allah (SWT) after having accepted Islam.’
On the authority of Ibn Shihaab who said: ‘From the excellence of Abu Bakr is that he never ever doubted in Allah (SWT) – even for an hour.’
On the authority of Bakr bin Abdullah who said: ‘Indeed the people did not prefer Abu Bakr because he would pray and fast more than them, rather they preferred him due to something his heart