al-Sawād al-A’dham: Abū Bakrah

Abū Bakrah

Abū Bakrah Nufaic ibn Masrūḥ (Or ibn Ḥārith/Masrūq), may Allāh be pleased with him, accepted Islām but was unable to reach the Prophet ﷺ until the siege of Tā’if. He came down using the part of the well upon which the rope is placed (bakrah), due to which he was nicknamed Abū Bakrah. He related one hundred thirty-two ḥadīth, eight of which can be found in Bukhāri and Muslim, five only in Bukhāri, and one only in Muslim. [Imām Aḥmad has collected 154 of Abū Bakrah’s āḥādīth in his Musnad.]

Abū Bakrah had forty children only seven (i.e. cAbdullāh, cUbaidullāh. cAbdur-Raḥmān, cAbdul-Aẓīẓ, Muslim, Rawwād) of whom had offspring. The eldest of his children was named cAbdullāh. He was born in Baḥrain before his father moved to Baṣra.

cUbaidullāh ibn Abī Bakrah was born in the same year as his brother cAbdur-Raḥmān but was older than him. cUbaidullāh served as the judge of Baṣra and governor of Sijisṭān. He had a son named Thābiṭ.

cUbaidullāh was very generous and used to give his neighbors (i.e. 40 houses left, right, behind, and in front of him) their yearly expenses. Every cĪd he would send them rare gifts which they didn’t possess, as well as aḍāḥī and garments. Any of them who wanted to get married, he would marry off and provide their wive’s dowery. Besides the slaves that he would free during the year, he would free one thousand on the day of cĪd. He died in the year 79 AH.

cAbdur-Raḥmān ibn Abī Bakrah was the first child born in Baṣra. He was a student of his father, cAlī ibn Abī Tālib, and cAbdullāh ibn cAmr ibn al-cĀṣ. Muḥammad ibn Sīrīn and others narrate from him.

Imām Aḥmad relates on the authority of Muslim ibn Abī Bakrah that Abū Bakrah reported that the Prophet ﷺ used to say, “Oh, Allāh I seek refuge in you from kufr, poverty, and the punishment of the grave.”