Why Abu bakr, Uthman, Umar did not attend the Prophets funeral ?

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why didnt abu baker, umar and othsman attend the Holy Prophet(s.a.w.s) funeral? 


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Why Abu bakr, Uthman, Umar did not attend the Prophet’s funeral ?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


According to accepted history and tradition, the Prophet (saws) died on Monday morning and was buried on Tuesday evening.   Due to the constraints of space in the small Prophet’s Mosque in Medina,  not one,  but several funeral prayers were prayed by the believers.  The truth is that all the companions who were in Medina at the time of the Prophet’s death,  attended his ‘janaaza’ (funeral).    It is absolutely inconceivable to think that the noble companions,  who loved their leader and their Prophet all their lives would all become renegades immediately at his death!    The noble companions loved Allah and His Messenger (saws) to such an extent,  that on one command, they were willing to sacrifice their lives and their possessions.


To think that any of the companions did not attend the Prophet’s funeral is absurd!   Each and every companion and believer who was present in Medina at the time,  attended the Prophet’s funeral!   To allude that companions like Hadrat Abu Bakr,  Hadrat Umar,  Hadrat Uthman, etc. did not attend the funeral is not only absurd,  it is a lie!   Hadrat Abu Bakr and Hadrat Umar were the father-in-laws of the Prophet,  and Hadrat Uthman was the former son-in-law (two of the Prophet’s daughters were married to Hadrat Umar,  and both of them died during the life of the Prophet (saws));  thus they were part of the family.   And Prophet Mohamed (saws),  incidentally died in the house of Hadrat Aisha bint Abu Bakr,  and was subsequently buried in her house.  Thus it is nothing but a lie to even allude that the noble companions did not attend the funeral of the Prophet (saws).    


There are some ignorant people who lay accusations and propagate the lie that companions of the stature of Hadrat Abu Bakr (r.a.),  Hadrat Umar (r.a.), Hadrat Uthmaan (r.a.), etc. did not attend the funeral prayers of the Messenger of Allah (saws)! 


We must remember that the noble companions whom these ignorant people slander,  are the same whom Allah Subhanah has Himself honored collectively in the Glorious Quran!


Allah says Himself in the Holy Quran Chapter 59 Surah Hashr verse 8,  in appreciation of the early companions of the Holy Prophet who migrated for Islam,:

They (the companions who migrated from Makkah to Medina) seek Allah’s bounty and His goodwill,  and are ever ready to succor Allah and His Messenger.  They indeed are the truthful.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 100:Allah was well pleased with those Muhajirs and Ansaar who were the first to respond to the invitation of the Faith,   and with those also,  who followed them in their righteous conduct,  and they too,  were well pleased with Allah.   Allah has got ready for them Gardens,  underneath which,  canals flow,  and they will abide therein for ever.   This is the Greatest Success.


The companions whom these ignorant people so easily revile and slander,  are the same ones whom Allah calls the Truthful.   Allah is pleased with them,  but it is obvious that some people are dis-pleased with them almost 1400 years after their deaths! It indeed matters very little if these ignorant people are not happy with them,  because Allah has got ready for them Gardens,  underneath which canals flow,  and He has promised that they will abide therein for ever!   


The deen of Islam was completed,  the Quran revealed,  and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was established at the time of the death of the Prophet (saws).   Whatever happened after the death of the Prophet (saws) is the History of the Muslims, and this is in the knowledge of Allah Alone.   Allah will not hold us accountable for the deeds of these people,  nor ask us about them on the Day of Judgment.   We will be asked about our deeds and what did we do for the cause of Islam. 


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 134: They were a people who passed away. They shall receive the reward of what they earned, and you shall have the reward of what you will earn. And you will not be questioned as to what they did.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,






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