The Sublime Status of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr & Sayyiduna ‘Umar
The great Imām and Mujaddid (Reviver of the Religion), Shaykh Ahmad Ridā Khān, may Allah be pleased with him, wrote Muntahā al-Tafsīl li Mabhath al-Tafdīl, a masterpiece making abundantly clear from verses of the Holy Qur’ān, the Ahādīth and the statements of the scholars, the pre-eminent stations of Sayyidunā Abū Bakr and Sayyidunā ʿUmar among the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them. This work spans 90 juz’; however, fearing its length would be arduous on readers, the erudite Imām penned an abridgement entitled,Maṭlaʿ al-Qamarayn fī Ibānat Sabqat al-ʿUmarayn.
Using 69 verses of the Holy Qur’ān, 235 Ahādīth, and numerous statements of the luminary scholars of the past, Imām Ahmad Ridā proves the pre-eminent rank of the two greatest Companions, namely Sayyidunā Abū Bakr and Sayyidunā ʿUmar.
This book is itself a summary translation of Maṭlaʿ al-Qamarayn fī Ibānat Sabqat al-ʿUmarayn, consisting of three parts :
*** Part A – Defining the meaning of superiority (afdaliyyah)
*** Part B – Textual proofs establishing the superiority of the Shaykhayn,
*** Part C – Further virtues and excellences of the Shaykhayn.