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Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) not asking for help

Question

You have answered a question here regarding Thawban (radiyallahu ‘anhu). When he would drop his whip from his mount, he would dismount and get the whip without asking anyone for assistance.

I have heard a similar narration regarding Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

Can you source and verify this version?

 

Answer

Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded the following narration:

Ibn Abi Mulaykah (rahimahullah) says, “At times the halter of the camel of Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) would fall from his hands. He would make the camel kneel and pick it up himself. People would ask him, ‘Why don’t you ask us to hand it to you?’. He replied, ‘My Beloved Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) commanded me that I should not ask people for anything.'”

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 1 pg. 11)

 

Although the chain of transmission is weak, the Hadith is suitable to quote.

(Refer: Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 579 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 3 pg. 92)

 

Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has also recorded a narration about not asking others for assistance.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1043)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar