Note from the author / publisher:
Abu Bakr As-Siddique (Radhi Allahu Anhu - May Allah be Pleased with Him) was the first Caliph of Islam and the ideal Muslim, surpassing all other Companions in all stages of life from the day he embraced Islam until the day he died. During the Prophet's lifetime, Abu Bakr was an exemplary companion and after the Prophet's death, Abu Bakr (R) remained steadfast and, through the help of Allah, held this nation together. The book shows many examples of Abu Bakr's many magnificent achievements throughout his life. I have endeavored to describe all of the above in a clear and organized manner and tried to show how Abu Bakr's methodology as a Muslim and as a ruler helped establish the foundations of a strong, stable, and prosperous country - one that began in Al-Madinah, which was been extended throughout the Arabian Peninsula, and then reached far-off lands outside of Arabia.
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Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (R) faced both internal and external challenges throughout the brief period of the caliphate of Abu Bakr (about 2 years); the former mainly involved quelling the apostate factions of Arabia and establishing justice and peace among the citizens of the Muslim nation, and the latter mainly involved expanding the borders of the Muslim nation by spreading the message of Islam to foreign nations.
Khalifah Abu Bakr As Siddeeq (R) sent out armies that achieved important conquests during the era of his caliphate; for example, the Muslim army gained an important victory in Iraq under the command of Khaalid ibn Al-Waleed (R). Also, the Muslim army achieved other important victories under the commands of Al-Muthanna ibn Haarithah (R) and Al-Qa'qaa ibn 'Amr (R). In short, the victories achieved during the era of Abu Bakr's Caliphate paved the way for victories that later took place after Abu Bakr's death. I have tried to evaluate the above-mentioned conquests and to break down the reasons why they were such monumental successes. I particularly pointed out Abu Bakr's contributions to those conquests: His military strategy, the leaders he chose, the letters through which he communicated with them, and so on.
-- Dr. Ali Muhammad As-Sallaabee
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