read onFamous Shi’i scholar Ibn Mutahhar al-Hilli said while speaking about Abu Bakr:
“The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) did not appoint him as a leader in any matter during his lifetime… And when he sent him with Bara’ah he took him back after three days. So how any sane person would accept the leadership (of whole Ummah) of someone who is not liked by the Prophet, through the revelation from Allah, for the conveying of even ten verses of Bara’ah.”
This is utter falsehood to claim that Abu Bakr As-Siddiq was not appointed as an Ameer in any matter. We are sure about the following cases:
1. Hajj during 9 AH
2. Imam of Prayer
3. Expedition towards Banu Fizarah during 7 AH
There is no dispute regarding his leadership during Hajj in 9 AH and even Al-Hilli accepted it but he claimed that he Abu Bakr (ra) was replaced by ‘Ali (ra) after three days. However there is no evidence to suggest it. Sunni sources almost unanimous that Ali (ra) was sent to announce the Bara’ah not as an Imam. In fact, Ibn Ishaq reports through Hakeem b. Hakeem b. ‘Abbad from Abu Ja’far al-Baqar that when ‘Ali (ra) reached, Abu Bakr asked him, “You have come to lead or to be leaded” [i.e. Ameer or Ma’moor]. He replied, “Rather to be leaded.” [Al-Bidayah, Seerah Ibn Hisham] This isnad is Hasan as Ibn Ishaq has mentioned his hearing from Hakeem.
Abu Hurairah (ra) was the one who used to announce Bara’ah alongside ‘Ali (ra) as it has been reported authentically from him in Sahih. Bukhari (1622, 4363,4655, 4657).
As for Imamah of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq in prayer then it is as much famous and mutawatir that no sane person would deny it.
Regarding his leadership in the expedition towards Banu Fizarah then it is mentioned by Ibn Katheer in al-Bidayah,Ibn Sa’d in Tabaqat etc and its hadith has been reported by Muslim, Ahmad etc.Written by Muhammad Moin Posted here by 13S2010
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