بـــــسم الله الرّ حـــــمن الرّحـــــيم

“No one has been a better companion to me than Abu Bakr,” said the holy Prophet SAW in his last sermon.

“No doubt, I am indebted to Abu Bakr more than to anybody else regarding both his companionship and his wealth. And if I had to take a Khalil (intimate friend) from my followers, I would certainly have taken Abu Bakr, but the fraternity of Islam is sufficient. Let no Door of the Mosque remain open, except the door of Abu Bakr.” Said Rasulullah SAW.

Of all the companions, Sayyidina Abu Bakr RA was the closest and the dearest to the Holy Prophet SAW. He was also one of The Ten Promised Paradise who were promised Paradise by Rasulullah SAW while they were still living. He had the unique distinction of being the companion of the Holy Prophet SAW in the cave in Mt. Tsur on the occasion of the Holy Prophet’s migration from Makkah to Madinah.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW said: “Abu Bakr, you were my companion in the cave and you will be my companion in Heaven on the spring of Kautsar.”

The Holy Prophet SAW said, “Abu Bakr Siddique, You made place for me in the cave, I will make place for you in my Burial Chamber (mazaar). In the cave I slept on your lap but in my Burial Chamber you will sleep in my proximity.” Unto this day Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique RA rests in the blessed Burial Chamber under the Green Dome inside Nabawi Mosque in Madinah al Munawaroh.

…He being the second of the two, When they were in the cave and when Muhammad said to his companion ‘Grieve not, surely God is with us,’ then God came to their help, and protected them with an army which they saw not”. Holy Qur’an {9:40}

This is the story about The Two Men in the Cave…

On the way of the Hijrah to Madinah, Rasulullah SAW and Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique RA decided to take shelter in a cave called Cave Tsur. The cave is 6 km away to the south of Masjidil Haram and the cave where Rasulullah SAW and Sayyidina Abu Bakr RA hid is about 5000 feet or 1400 meter heigh. Here they hid for 3 days.

Sayyidina Abu Bakr RA said, as narrated by Sayyidina Umar ibn Khattab RA, “I swear by Allah that you (the Prophet) will not enter the cave before I have done so, for if there is anything in it, I shall be attacked by it, and not you.”

Then he entered the cave and swept it and found some holes in the side of it. He tore up a piece of his garment and plugged the holes with it. As there were still two remaining holes left, he thrust his feet into them and told the Messenger of Allah to enter the cave. When he had done so Rasulullah SAW laid his head on Sayyidina Abu Bakr RA’s lap and went to sleep.

Behold the scene in the cave,

who is sitting with the Leader of the Universe on his lap,

may Allah be well pleased with him,

Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique RA,

After the Prophets SAW, the greatest human.

One of Sayyidina Abu Bakr RA’s foot was stung by a snake in the hole, but he did not move for fear that he might disturb Rasulullah SAW and wake him up from his sleep. He put his toe into the hole of the snake and absorbed the effect of the poisonous bite, out of love, in his heart; All this for his beloved.

The effect of the poison brought tears into the eyes of Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique RA and the Holy Prophet SAW asked him as to what was bothering him. He said, “O Master! A snake is continuously putting its poisonous fangs into my toe in this hole.’

The Holy Prophet SAW asked him to remove his toe from the hole, to which he replied, “O Master! If I do so, it will trouble you”.

The Holy Prophet SAW replied, “Don’t be concerned, the snake loves me, it only wishes to see me.’”

Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique RA removed his foot and the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW applied his blessed saliva on the snakebite. This brought immediate relief to Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique RA. The danger passed and the poisonous effect was dispelled with the order of Allah SWT . The snake came out of the hole and fulfilled its desire of seeing the Holy Prophet SAW.

The Holy Prophet e asked the snake, “Why did you bite my friend?”

It replied, “Master! Such a long period has passed in this cave with the desire that when you arrive I will see you. He had closed all avenues for me to come out. As much as I did not wish to harm Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique RA, I was forced to do so for I also love you and desired to see you.”  And the snake then left.

On the final day, the musyrikin reached the cave that Rasulullah SAW and Sayyidina Abu Bakr were inside the cave. Sayydina Abu Bakr Siddique was full of worry for the safety of Rasulullah SAW and the worry worsened when the musyrikin were face to face with the two friends in the cave. But Allah works in wonderful ways; In front of the mouth of the Cave Tsur there were cobwebs, pigeon nests, and the acacia tree branch that hung down to the cave. Acacia tree is described has a height of approximately half the height of a man. The gap between the tree and the wall of the cave there is a spider that had made its nest. Then, in the hole cave-where someone might go if you want to get into the cave, there was a nesting pigeon and was sitting as if incubating eggs.

Meanwhile, the male partner is keeping the female is incubating her eggs near the tree that leads to the cave.The spider had also spun a web across the mouth of the cave, which not only helped conceal what was inside the cave, but also deceived the musyrikin. They thought the web was old and came to the conclusion that no one had entered the cave in a long time.

Then, the musyrikin ended their search and Rasulullah SAW and Sayyidina Abu Bakr RA continued on their Hijrah to Madinah.


About afwina kamal

Architect. Pianist. Traveller. Poet.
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2 Responses to THE TWO IN THE CAVE…

  1. hinaya says:

    that is a nice story about abu bakir is saddiq

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