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2y. Appearance and character

 

 

As king he did not let money accumulate in the treasury. Whatever came in was distributed amongst the deserving. Man and woman, slave and free, young and old, all got equal shares in the distribution.



       

Appearance and character

 

 

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Appearance and character
Abu Bakr was a man of fair complexion, lean in body and with emaciated cheeks, deep-set eyes and up-drawn forehead. He had a slight stoop. He dyed his hair red and wore a ring on his finger with the inscription ni'm al-Qadiru Allahu, i.e., "How good is God, the Almighty." Amongst his numerous virtues, generosity was conspicuous. It was an instinct with him to help the poor and the needy. As king he did not let money accumulate in the treasury. Whatever came in was distributed amongst the deserving. Man and woman, slave and free, young and old, all got equal shares in the distribution. At his death, the State treasury contained not more than a single dirham. He was humble in disposition and very hospitable. He was so tender-hearted that when he recited the Qur'an, tears overwhelmed him. Nevertheless he combined with this a high order of bravery. At the most critical junctures he stood by the side of the Prophet, such as on the occasion of the flight, and at the battles of Badr, Uhud, and Hunain, His piety was equally great. For a great part of the night he kept awake praying to God while in the day-time he would fast. For all this, in time of war he was never behind others. When Madinah had no garrison left and was attacked by rebels, he took all the available men and himself marched out in pursuit of them. Whenever he sent out an expedition, he would in person give it a send-off. Notwithstanding his old age, he accompanied Usamah on his Syrian expedition a long way on foot, advising him on various matters. Even in the days of his Caliphate he came to Madinah and went back to his country-house on foot, though he was above sixty years of age. He had three sons. 'Abd Allah, 'Abd al-Rahman, and Muhammad and three daughters, Asma', 'A'ishah and Umm Kulthum.

 

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