Abu Bakr biography

Abu Bakr

Politician, Noble person

0573 – 0634

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Who was Abu Bakr?

Abu Bakr As-Ṣiddīq, c. 573 CE – 23 August 634 CE, popularly known by his nickname Abū Bakr was a senior companion and the father-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He ruled over the Rashidun Caliphate from 632–634 CE when he became the first Muslim Caliph following Muhammad's death. As Caliph, Abu Bakr succeeded to the political and administrative functions previously exercised by Muhammad, since the religious function and authority of prophethood ended with Muhammad's death according to Islam. He was called Al-Siddiq and was known by that title among later generations of Muslims.

As a young man, Abu Bakr became a merchant and he traveled extensively in Arabia and neighboring lands in the Middle East, through which he gained both wealth and experience. He eventually came to be recognized as the chief of his clan. On his return from a business trip to Yemen, he was informed that in his absence Muhammad had openly declared his prophethood. Not long after, Abu Bakr accepted Islam and was the first person outside the family of Muhammad to openly become a Muslim. He was instrumental in the conversion of many people to the Islamic faith and early in 623, Abu Bakr's daughter Aisha was married to Muhammad, strengthening the ties between the two men.

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Born
0573
Mecca
Also known as
  • Abd Allah ibn 'Uthman ibn Aamir ibn Amr ibn Ka'ab ibn Sa'ad ibn Taym
  • atiqe
  • Abdullah ibn Abi Quhafa
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Islam
Nationality
  • Rashidun Caliphate
Profession
Lived in
  • Mecca
  • Medina
Died
Aug 23, 0634
Medina
Resting place
Al-Masjid an-Nabawi

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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