Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in the cave of Thaur

While in the cave on the journey of hijrah, it is reported that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was concerned that no creature should emerge from any hole in the cave and harm Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Thus, he began closing all the holes inside the cave with pieces of his lower garment. However, there were still two holes which he was unable to close (due to insufficient clothing), so Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) placed both his feet in those holes. Thereafter, Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) placed his mubaarak head on the lap of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and fell asleep.

While Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was asleep, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) perceived his foot being bitten by a snake in the hole. Not wishing to inconvenience and disturb the sleep of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the least, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) bore the pain and did not move an inch. However, due to the excruciating pain and not being able to withstand the effects, tears began to uncontrollably roll down the face of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and fall on the mubaarak countenance of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) suddenly awoke and asked, “What has happened, O Abu Bakr?” Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I have been bitten, may my parents be sacrificed for you, O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then placed his mubaarak saliva on the affected area, and the pain immediately subsided.[1]


[1] مشكوة المصابيح عن رزين الرقم: 6034، شرح البخاري للسفيري 1/139

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