Prophet (saw): Go to Abubakr if you do not find me

The Messenger of Allah (صلی الله علیه و سلم): Go to Abubakr if you do not find me.

حَدَّثَنَا الْحُمَيْدِيُّ، وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ سَعْدٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرِ بْنِ مُطْعِمٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ أَتَتِ امْرَأَةٌ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَأَمَرَهَا أَنْ تَرْجِعَ إِلَيْهِ‏.‏ قَالَتْ أَرَأَيْتَ إِنْ جِئْتُ وَلَمْ أَجِدْكَ كَأَنَّهَا تَقُولُ الْمَوْتَ‏.‏ قَالَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ ‏ “‏ إِنْ لَمْ تَجِدِينِي فَأْتِي أَبَا بَكْرٍ ‏‏‏.‏

A woman came to the Prophet (ﷺ) who ordered her to return to him again. She said, “What if I came and did not find you?” as if she wanted to say, “If I found you dead?” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If you should not find me, go to Abu Bakr.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 3659


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2 responses to “Prophet (saw): Go to Abubakr if you do not find me

  1. Azeem

    “If you should not find me, go to Abu Bakr.”

    Does this anywhere prove or justify that if the Prophet SAW was dead so one should seek Syedna Abu Bakr. Does this small sentence mention his appointment as caliph, Imam, sheikh or whatever?

    In what context did the Prophet ask that woman to see Abu Bakr? What business did that woman had to do with the Prophet? Did it concern who was going to lead the Ummah after the Prophet’s death? Did it concern with matters of religion? Did it concern some issues regarding marriage, inheritance, rights of property, war etc etc? This hadith does not give any clear explanation!

    This hadith is like if somebody wants to see me and if he or she asks if I’m not available then I reply, “Go and find my friend A. If friend A is not available then see friend B. And if not then friend C!” Does that mean I’m appointing friend A,B, or C as the leader of the Ummah or inheritor of my property!

    This is a hadith concerning some personal matter and does NOT address the issue of the Prophet’s succession!

    • If only the Shia approach the hadiths about Ali similarly!! But no, you will make ridiculous interpretation and conclusions. And no, Nobody said it is about successorship. However, it shows the great status of Abubakr in the sight of the Prophet (saw). Imagine if this narration was About Ali – we would see the Shia jumping up and down using it as a proof for the leadership of Ali after Prophet (saw).

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