Is the following Hadith authentic?
فقال عمر بل نبايعك أنت، فأنت سيدنا، وخيرنا، وأحبنا إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، فأخذ عمر بيده فبايعه، وبايعه الناس
This is part of a longer narration recorded in Sahih Bukhari. The Hadith is therefore authentic.
Upon the death of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) suggested pledging allegiance to Sayyiduna ‘Umar or Sayyiduna Abu ‘Ubaydah ibnul Jarrah (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) replied:
“Rather, we will pledge allegiance to you for you are our leader, the best among us and the most beloved of us to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).” ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) then took his hand and pledged allegiance and the people thereafter pledged their allegiance to him [i.e. Abu Bakr radiyallahu ‘anhu.]
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 3668)
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