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Verse & Hadith of Ghadeer in book of Sunni's



1) Tafseer Durr al-Mansoor, Vol. 6, Pg. 383 - Online Link


وَأخرج ابْن مرْدَوَيْه عَن ابْن مَسْعُود قَالَ: كُنَّا نَقْرَأ على عهد رَسُول الله صلى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسلم {يَا أَيهَا الرَّسُول بلغ مَا أنزل إِلَيْك من رَبك} أَن عليا مولى الْمُؤمنِينَ {وَإِن لم تفعل فَمَا بلغت رسَالَته وَالله يَعْصِمك من النَّاس}


From Ibn Masood who said, 

"We used to recite in the times of the Prophet (S) like this, {"O Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to You from Your Lord"}, 'That Ali is the Mawla (leader/chief) of the believers', {"If You do not do it then You have not Conveyed His message and Allah will protect You from the people" }(5:67)






2) Asbaab al-Nuzul, al-Wahidi, Pg. 150 - Online Link


From Abi Saeed al-Khudri, who said,

"The verse 'O Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to You from Your Lord' (5:67) was revealed on the Day of Ghadeer Khum in regards to Ali ibn Abi Talib"



3) Tafseer-e-Kabeer, Vol. 12, Pg. 49 - Online Link


Under the verse 5:67, It says:

Tenth: "This verse was revealed in the merit of Ali ibn Abi Talib (as). When this verse was revealed, Prophet Mohammad (saww) took the hand of Ali (as) and said, 'WHOEVER I AM HIS MASTER, ALI IS HIS MASTER. O Allah! Love those who love him. Be hostile to those who are hostile to him."




4) Tafseer Gharaib al-Quran Wa Ragaib al-Furqan - al-Nesapoori, Vol. 2, Pg. 616 - Online Link


From Abi Saeed al-Khudri, who said,

This verse was revealed in the merit of Ali ibn Abi Talib (as). When this verse was revealed, Prophet Mohammad (saww) took the hand of Ali (as) and said, 'WHOEVER I AM HIS MASTER, ALI IS HIS MASTER. O Allah! Love those who love him. Be hostile to those who are hostile to him."
Umar then said, "Congratulation to you to son of Abi Talib, You have become my Maula and the Maula of all the believers male and female".







1) Wives of the Prophet (saww) not included in the AhlulBayt (as) :-

2) Holy Prophet (saww) left behind Qur'an and AhlulBayt (as) :-
3) A'isha was jealous of Khadija - the wife of the Prophet (saww) :-

4) Only Ali (as) is Siddiq al-Akbar :-

حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ الرَّازِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُوسَى، أَنْبَأَنَا الْعَلاَءُ بْنُ صَالِحٍ، عَنِ الْمِنْهَالِ، عَنْ عَبَّادِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، قَالَ قَالَ عَلِيٌّ أَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ، وَأَخُو، رَسُولِهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ وَأَنَا الصِّدِّيقُ الأَكْبَرُ، لاَ يَقُولُهَا بَعْدِي إِلاَّ كَذَّابٌ صَلَّيْتُ قَبْلَ النَّاسِ بِسَبْعِ سِنِينَ

"'Ali said: 'I am the slave of Allah and the brother of His Messenger. I am the greatest teller of the truth (Siddiq Akbar), and no one will say this after me except a liar. I prayed seven years before the people."

5) Abu Bakr and Umar raise their voice above the voice of the Prophet (saww) :-

حَدَّثَنَا يَسَرَةُ بْنُ صَفْوَانَ بْنِ جَمِيلٍ اللَّخْمِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا نَافِعُ بْنُ عُمَرَ، عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي مُلَيْكَةَ، قَالَ كَادَ الْخَيِّرَانِ أَنْ يَهْلِكَا ـ أَبَا بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرَ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ رَفَعَا أَصْوَاتَهُمَا عِنْدَ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم حِينَ قَدِمَ عَلَيْهِ رَكْبُ بَنِي تَمِيمٍ، فَأَشَارَ أَحَدُهُمَا بِالأَقْرَعِ بْنِ حَابِسٍ أَخِي بَنِي مُجَاشِعٍ، وَأَشَارَ الآخَرُ بِرَجُلٍ آخَرَ ـ قَالَ نَافِعٌ لاَ أَحْفَظُ اسْمَهُ ـ فَقَالَ أَبُو بَكْرٍ لِعُمَرَ مَا أَرَدْتَ إِلاَّ خِلاَفِي‏.‏ قَالَ مَا أَرَدْتُ خِلاَفَكَ‏.‏ فَارْتَفَعَتْ أَصْوَاتُهُمَا فِي ذَلِكَ، فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ ‏{‏يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لاَ تَرْفَعُوا أَصْوَاتَكُمْ‏}‏ الآيَةَ‏.‏ قَالَ ابْنُ الزُّبَيْرِ فَمَا كَانَ عُمَرُ يُسْمِعُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم بَعْدَ هَذِهِ الآيَةِ حَتَّى يَسْتَفْهِمَهُ‏.‏ وَلَمْ يَذْكُرْ ذَلِكَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ، يَعْنِي أَبَا بَكْرٍ

The two righteous persons were about to be ruined. They were Abu Bakr and Umar who raised their voices in the presence of the Prophet when a mission from Bani Tamim came to him. One of the two recommended Al-Aqra' bin Habeas, the brother of Bani Mujashi (to be their governor) while the other recommended somebody else. (Nafi`, the sub-narrator said, I do not remember his name). Abu Bakr said to `Umar, "You wanted nothing but to oppose me!" `Umar said, "I did not intend to oppose you." Their voices grew loud in that argument, so Allah revealed: 'O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet.' (49.2) Ibn Az-Zubair said, "Since the revelation of this Verse, `Umar used to speak in such a low tone that the Prophet had to ask him to repeat his statements." But Ibn Az-Zubair did not mention the same about his (maternal) grandfather (i.e. Abu Bakr).

6) Fatimah Zahra (sa) became angry & did not talk to Abu Bakr and Umar until she died :-

حَدَّثَنَا بِذَلِكَ، عَلِيُّ بْنُ عِيسَى الْبَغْدَادِيُّ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْوَهَّابِ بْنُ عَطَاءٍ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَمْرٍو، عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ فَاطِمَةَ، جَاءَتْ أَبَا بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرَ رضى الله عنهما تَسْأَلُ مِيرَاثَهَا مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالاَ سَمِعْنَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏"‏ إِنِّي لاَ أُورَثُ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَتْ وَاللَّهِ لاَ أُكَلِّمُكُمَا أَبَدًا ‏.‏ فَمَاتَتْ وَلاَ تُكَلِّمُهُمَا

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

That Fatimah came to Abu Bakr and 'Umar, to ask them about her inheritance from the Messenger of Allah. They said: "We heard the Messenger of Allah say: 'I am not inherited from.'" So she said: 'By Allah! I will never talk to you two again.' So she died having not talked to them."

(Grading of the Hadith is 'Hasan')

7) Umar got fire wood to the house of Fatema so as to Burn it:

(حديث موقوف) الْمَدَائِنِيُّ ، عَنْ الْمَدَائِنِيُّ ، عَنْ مَسْلَمَةَ بْنِ مُحَارِبٍ ، عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ التَّيْمِيِّ ، وَعَنِ ابْنِ عَوْنٍ ، أَنَّ أَبَا بَكْرٍ : " أَرْسَلَ إِلَى عَلِيٍّ يُرِيدُ الْبَيْعَةَ ، فَلَمْ يُبَايِعْ ، فَجَاءَ عُمَرُ ، وَمَعَهُ قَبَسٌ فَتَلَقَّتْهُ فَاطِمَةُ عَلَى الْبَابِ ، فَقَالَتْ فَاطِمَةُ : يَابْنَ الْخَطَّابِ ، أَتُرَاكَ مُحَرِّقًا عَلَيَّ بَابِي ؟ ، قَالَ : نَعَمْ ، وَذَلِكَ أَقْوَى فِيمَا جَاءَ بِهِ أَبُوكِ

Ahmad ibn Yahya, famous as Balaadhari in his book 'Ansaab al-Ashraaf' quotes the following:

Abu Bakr sent some people to get allegiance (Bayyah) from Ali (as) and He did not do Bayyah. So Umar came along with fire wood and Fatema (sa) came to him at the door and Fatema (sa) said to him, "O Son of Khattab, Am I seeing you set fire at my door? Umar replied, "Yes, and on that I am firm then the religion with which Your Father came."

8) Sunni Scholar testifies that, Imam Ali (as) is the Imam after the Prophet and Umar hit Fatema (sa):

وقال نص النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم على أن الإمام علي وعينه وعرفت الصحابة ذلك ولكن كتمه عمر لأجل أبي بكر رضي الله عنهما وقال إن عمر ضرب بطن فاطمة يوم لبيعة حتى ألقت المحسن من بطنه

Salahuddin Khaleel ibn Aibak Safdi in his book “Al-Waafi bil Wafayaat” under the section of Ibraheem ibn Sayyar Nazzaam Motazeli writes: 

Nazzam Motazeli says, "The Prophet (saww) dictated/stipulated that Imam Ali (as) was the Imam and appointed him and the companions (Sahabah) were aware of this. But Umar suppressed it for Abu Bakr."

And Nazzam Motazeli says, "Verily Umar hit the abdomen of Fatema (sa) on the day of Bayyah such that Mohsin was miscarried in her abdomen." 



9) Umar having intercourse with women during mensuration period:

وقال إسحاق : ، أخبرنا : بقية بن الوليد ، ثنا : الأوزاعي ، حدثني : يزيد بن أبي مالك ، عن إبن زيد بن الخطاب ، عن عمر بن الخطاب، أنه كانت له إمرأة تكره الرجال ، فكان كلما أرادها إعتلت بالحيضة ، فظن أنها كاذبة فأتاها فوجدها صادقة ، فأتى النبي (ص) فأمره أن يتصدق بخمس دينار

Umar bin al-Khatab had a slave girl who used to hate men. Whenever Umar wanted to have sexual intercourse with her, she apologized by advancing an excuse that she was having a period, hence Umar thought that she was telling lie, then (when he had sexual intercourse with her) he found that she was telling the truth. He then he went to the Prophet (saw) and he ordered him to pay Fifty/Half of a Dinar as charity.

Footnote: Narrated from Ishaq with a Hasan (Reliable) chain.


10) A'isha forces something into the mouth of the Holy Prophet (saww):

حَدَّثَنَا عَلِيٌّ، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، وَزَادَ، قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ لَدَدْنَاهُ فِي مَرَضِهِ فَجَعَلَ يُشِيرُ إِلَيْنَا أَنْ لاَ تَلُدُّونِي فَقُلْنَا كَرَاهِيَةُ الْمَرِيضِ لِلدَّوَاءِ‏.‏ فَلَمَّا أَفَاقَ قَالَ ‏"‏ أَلَمْ أَنْهَكُمْ أَنْ تَلُدُّونِي ‏"‏‏.‏ قُلْنَا كَرَاهِيَةَ الْمَرِيضِ لِلدَّوَاءِ‏.‏ فَقَالَ ‏"‏ لاَ يَبْقَى أَحَدٌ فِي الْبَيْتِ إِلاَّ لُدَّ ـ وَأَنَا أَنْظُرُ ـ إِلاَّ الْعَبَّاسَ، فَإِنَّهُ لَمْ يَشْهَدْكُمْ ‏"‏‏.‏ رَوَاهُ ابْنُ أَبِي الزِّنَادِ عَنْ هِشَامٍ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم

Narrated A'isha:

We poured medicine in one side of the Prophet's mouth during his illness and he started pointing to us, meaning to say, "Don't pour medicine in my mouth." We said, "(He says so) because a patient dislikes medicines." When he improved and felt a little better, he said, "Didn't I forbid you to pour medicine in my mouth ?" We said, " ( We thought it was because of) the dislike, patients have for medicines. He said, "Let everyone present in the house be given medicine by pouring it in his mouth while I am looking at him, except `Abbas as he has not witnessed you (doing the same to me).


11) Umar testifies that A'isha and Hafsa backed each other against the Prophet (saww):

حَدَّثَنَا عَلِيٌّ، حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ عُبَيْدَ بْنَ حُنَيْنٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ ابْنَ عَبَّاسٍ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ يَقُولُ أَرَدْتُ أَنْ أَسْأَلَ عُمَرَ فَقُلْتُ يَا أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ مَنِ الْمَرْأَتَانِ اللَّتَانِ تَظَاهَرَتَا عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَمَا أَتْمَمْتُ كَلاَمِي حَتَّى قَالَ عَائِشَةُ وَحَفْصَةُ‏

Narrated Ibn Abbas:

I intended to ask Umar so I said, "Who were those two ladies who tried to back each other against the Prophet?" I hardly finished my speech when he said, They were `Aisha and Hafsa."


Note: The above narrations are talking with reference to the following verse of the Holy Quran:

"When the Prophet disclosed a matter in confidence to one of his consorts, and she then divulged it (to another), and Allah made it known to him, he confirmed part thereof and repudiated a part. Then when he told her thereof, she said, "Who told thee this? "He said, "He told me Who knows and is well-acquainted (with all things)." (66:3)


12) Abu Bakr cannot convey Islamic matters (tableegh) on behalf of the Prophet (saww):

حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ بَشَّارٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَفَّانُ بْنُ مُسْلِمٍ، وَعَبْدُ الصَّمَدِ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْوَارِثِ، قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ سَلَمَةَ، عَنْ سِمَاكِ بْنِ حَرْبٍ، عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، قَالَ بَعَثَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِبَرَاءَةَ مَعَ أَبِي بَكْرٍ ثُمَّ دَعَاهُ فَقَالَ ‏ "‏ لاَ يَنْبَغِي لأَحَدٍ أَنْ يُبَلِّغَ هَذَا إِلاَّ رَجُلٌ مِنْ أَهْلِي ‏"‏ ‏.‏ فَدَعَا عَلِيًّا فَأَعْطَاهُ إِيَّاهَا ‏.‏ قَالَ هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ غَرِيبٌ مِنْ حَدِيثِ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

"The Prophet (S) sent Abu Bakr with the (announcement of) Bara'ah (the declaration to publicize the disavowal of the idolaters). Then he summoned him and said: 'It is not right for anyone to convey this except a man among my family.'
So he called for 'Ali and gave it to him."
  • Jami' at-Tirmidhi, Book. 47, Hadith. 3370 - Online Link
Note: Hadith is graded as Hasan as per chain of narrators


13) Door of Fatema Zahra (sa) and verse of Purification 33:33

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ بْنُ حُمَيْدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَفَّانُ بْنُ مُسْلِمٍ، حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ سَلَمَةَ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَلِيُّ بْنُ زَيْدٍ، عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم كَانَ يَمُرُّ بِبَابِ فَاطِمَةَ سِتَّةَ أَشْهُرٍ إِذَا خَرَجَ إِلَى صَلاَةِ الْفَجْرِ يَقُولُ ‏"‏ الصَّلاَةَ يَا أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ ‏:‏ ‏‏ إنَّمَا يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنْكُمُ الرِّجْسَ أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَيُطَهِّرَكُمْ تَطْهِيرًا


Narrated Anas bin Malik:

"For six months, the Messenger of Allah (S) would pass by the door of Fatimah when going to the Fajr prayer saying: 'As-Salat O People of the house! Allah only wishes to remove the Rijs from you, O members of the family, and to purify you with thorough purification (33:33).'"

14) Most of the Companions turned apostate after the Prophet (saww):

حَدَّثَنِي إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ الْمُنْذِرِ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ فُلَيْحٍ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبِي قَالَ، حَدَّثَنِي هِلاَلٌ، عَنْ عَطَاءِ بْنِ يَسَارٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ بَيْنَا أَنَا قَائِمٌ إِذَا زُمْرَةٌ، حَتَّى إِذَا عَرَفْتُهُمْ خَرَجَ رَجُلٌ مِنْ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنِهِمْ فَقَالَ هَلُمَّ‏.‏ فَقُلْتُ أَيْنَ قَالَ إِلَى النَّارِ وَاللَّهِ‏.‏ قُلْتُ وَمَا شَأْنُهُمْ قَالَ إِنَّهُمُ ارْتَدُّوا بَعْدَكَ عَلَى أَدْبَارِهِمُ الْقَهْقَرَى‏.‏ ثُمَّ إِذَا زُمْرَةٌ حَتَّى إِذَا عَرَفْتُهُمْ خَرَجَ رَجُلٌ مِنْ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنِهِمْ فَقَالَ هَلُمَّ‏.‏ قُلْتُ أَيْنَ قَالَ إِلَى النَّارِ وَاللَّهِ‏.‏ قُلْتُ مَا شَأْنُهُمْ قَالَ إِنَّهُمُ ارْتَدُّوا بَعْدَكَ عَلَى أَدْبَارِهِمُ الْقَهْقَرَى‏.‏ فَلاَ أُرَاهُ يَخْلُصُ مِنْهُمْ إِلاَّ مِثْلُ هَمَلِ النَّعَمِ


Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (s) said, "While I was sleeping, a group (of my followers were brought close to me), and when I recognized them, a man (an angel) came out from among-st (us) me and them, he said (to them), 'Come along.' I asked, 'Where?' He said, 'To the (Hell) Fire, by Allah' I asked, 'what is wrong with them' He said, 'They turned apostate as renegades after you left.' Then behold! (Another) group (of my followers) were brought close to me, and when I recognized them, a man (an angel) came out from (me and them) he said (to them); Come along.' I asked, "Where?' He said, 'To the (Hell) Fire, by Allah.' I asked, What is wrong with them?' He said, 'They turned apostate as renegades after you left. So I did not see anyone of them escaping except a few who were like camels without a shepherd."

15) Umar speaks truth about Khilafah of Abu Bakr and Imam Ali (as) opposition to it:

هَلْ لَكَ فِي فُلاَنٍ يَقُولُ لَوْ قَدْ مَاتَ عُمَرُ لَقَدْ بَايَعْتُ فُلاَنًا، فَوَاللَّهِ مَا كَانَتْ بَيْعَةُ أَبِي بَكْرٍ إِلاَّ فَلْتَةً، فَتَمَّتْ

(Abdur Rahman bin Auf says that a man came to Umar and said) "What do you think about so-and-so who says, 'If Umar should die, I will give the pledge of allegiance to such-and such person, as by Allah, the pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr was nothing but a prompt sudden action which got established afterwards."

فَلاَ يَغْتَرَّنَّ امْرُؤٌ أَنْ يَقُولَ إِنَّمَا كَانَتْ بَيْعَةُ أَبِي بَكْرٍ فَلْتَةً وَتَمَّتْ أَلاَ وَإِنَّهَا قَدْ كَانَتْ كَذَلِكَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ وَقَى شَرَّهَا

(Umar says) "One should not deceive oneself by saying that the pledge of allegiance given to Abu Bakr was given suddenly and it was successful. No doubt, it was like that, but Allah saved (the people) from its evil"


أَنَّ الأَنْصَارَ خَالَفُونَا وَاجْتَمَعُوا بِأَسْرِهِمْ فِي سَقِيفَةِ بَنِي سَاعِدَةَ، وَخَالَفَ عَنَّا عَلِيٌّ وَالزُّبَيْرُ وَمَنْ مَعَهُمَا، وَاجْتَمَعَ الْمُهَاجِرُونَ إِلَى أَبِي بَكْرٍ

"And no doubt after the death of the Prophet (S) we were informed that the Ansar disagreed with us and gathered in the shed of Bani Sa'da. Ali and Zubair and whoever was with them, opposed us, while the emigrants gathered with Abu Bakr"

  • Saheeh al-Bukhari, Book 86, Hadith 57 - Online Link (part of a lengthy narration)


16) Abu Bakr did not act as per the Prophet (saww) in the matter of Khilafah:

حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ مُوسَى، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّزَّاقِ، أَخْبَرَنَا مَعْمَرٌ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، عَنْ سَالِمِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ قِيلَ لِعُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ لَوِ اسْتَخْلَفْتَ قَالَ إِنْ أَسْتَخْلِفْ فَقَدِ اسْتَخْلَفَ أَبُو بَكْرٍ وَإِنْ لَمْ أَسْتَخْلِفْ لَمْ يَسْتَخْلِفْ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى وَفِي الْحَدِيثِ قِصَّةٌ طَوِيلَةٌ ‏.‏ وَهَذَا حَدِيثٌ صَحِيحٌ قَدْ رُوِيَ مِنْ غَيْرِ وَجْهٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ

Salim bin 'Abdullah narrated from his father who said:

"It was said to 'Umar bin Al-Khattab: 'Perhaps you should endorse your successor.' He said: 'If I appoint a successor, then indeed Abu Bakr appointed a successor. And if I do not appoint a successor, the Messenger of Allah(s.a.w) did not appoint a successor."
  • Jami al-Trimidhi, Book 33, Hadith 68 - Online Link (Hadith is Saheeh)


17) The One who dies without Imam dies the death of Ignorance:

Prophet (S) said; "The one who dies and does not have an Imam, dies the death of Ignorance."

  • Saheeh Ibn Hayyan, Vol. 10, Pg. 434. (Saheeh Hadith) - Online Link
Saheeh Ibn Hayyan, Vol. 10, Pg. 434



18) Ali (as) and al-Abbad wanted to make Abu Bakr aware of his oppression in matter of Fadak:


The famous scholar of the Ahle Sunnah - Ibn Qutaybah says:

A man asked him(i.e. asked Ibn Qutaybah): "O Aba Mohammad, do you know that Ali disputed with Abbas about Fadak to Abu Bakr?" he said: "Yes" the man said: "which one of the two was the oppressor?" he said: "neither of them was an oppressor." the man said: "Subhanallah! how could this be?" he said: "they both were like the two angels who disputed to Dawood(a.s) (38:21-24), none of them was an oppressor, they both(i.e. the two angels) wanted to make him(i.e. Dawood a.s) realize his mistake and oppression, likewise these two (Ali & Abbas) wanted to make Abu Bakr know his mistake and oppression."

  • Source: Ta'wil Mukhtalif Al-Hadeeth, Pg. 126