`Ali’s (ra) wife declares the superiority of Abu Bakr (ra)


The Shia like to bring up Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr and claim the man was one of them, although in reality he wasn’t, he never killed `Uthman (ra), in fact when he met `Uthman (ra) and talked to him, he then repented and abandoned the rebels as narrated in the authentic narration.

This is also reflected by the fact that his son al-Qasim bin Muhammad bin Abu Bakr was one of the greatest scholars of Ahlul-Sunnah.

However, we’re not here to discuss his life and family, we’re here to present another strong evidence.

In Fada’il al-Sahaba by Ahmad ibn Hanbal we read:

نا يَحْيَى بْنُ زَكَرِيَّا، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنِي أَبِي، وَابْنُ أَبِي خَالِدٍ، عَنِ الشَّعْبِيِّ، قَالَ: ” تَزَوَّجَ عَلِيٌّ أَسْمَاءَ بِنْتَ عُمَيْسٍ بَعْدَ أَبِي بَكْرٍ فَتَفَاخَرَ ابْنَاهَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ أَبِي بَكْرٍ، وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ، فَقَالَ وَاحِدٌ مِنْهُمَا: أَنَا خَيْرٌ مِنْكَ، وَأَبِي خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَبِيكَ، فَقَالَ عَلِيٌّ لأَسْمَاءَ: أَقْضِي بَيْنَهُمَا، فَقَالَتْ لابْنِ جَعْفَرٍ: أَمَا أَنْتَ، أَيْ بُنَيَّ فَمَا رَأَيْتُ شَابًّا مِنَ الْعَرَبِ كَانَ خَيْرًا مِنْ أَبِيكَ، وَأَمَّا أَنْتَ فَمَا رَأَيْتُ كَهْلا مِنَ الْعَرَبِ خَيْرًا مِنْ أَبِيكَ قَالَ: فَقَالَ عَلِيٌّ: مَا تَرَكْتِ لَنَا شَيْئًا، وَلَوْ قُلْتِ غَيْرَ هَذَا لَمَقَتُّكِ، قَالَ: فَقَالَتْ: وَاللَّهِ إِنَّ ثَلاثَةً أَنْتَ أَخَسُّهُمْ لا خِيَارَ

[Yahya bin Zakaria said: My father and ibn abi Khalid told me: from al-Sha`bi: `Ali married Asma’ bint `Umays so her two sons Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr and Muhammad ibn Ja`far started boasting with pride, each saying: “I am better and my father is better than yours.” So `Ali said to Asma’: “Why don’t you be the judge between them?” So she said to ibn Ja`far: “As for you son, I have not seen a young man among the Arabs better than your father Ja`far.” Then she said to Muhammad: “And as for you, I have not seen a mature man among the Arabs better than your father Abu Bakr.” `Ali then said to Asma’ (jokingly): “You’ve left nothing for me? (but) If you had said otherwise I would have hated it.” She replied to him: “By Allah, if you are the lesser from among the three men then you’re all great.”]

Ibn Hajar said “Isnaduhu Sahih” in al-Isabah 4/231.

Firstly, regarding Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr, how can he be a so called Imami Shia if he prefers Abu Bakr (ra) over `Ali (ra)? How can he be a Shia if he believes the first Khalifah was a great man? Further more  `Ali (ra) appoints him as the ruler of Egypt, wasn’t he afraid that he would narrate the virtues of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) there and deviate the people with the love of the Sahaba!?

Secondly, regarding Asma’ bint `Umays (rah), the Imami Shia view her in very high regards, in her wikipedia page they write:

[According to an authentic report in Al-KhiSaal by Shaykh Al-Sadooq, vol. 2, pg. 363, she is considered one of the women of paradise.]

On their forums (ie ShiaChat) they praise her by saying:

[asma bint umays (ra) was one of the best student of fatima (as) and was considered a scholar.]

And they try to explain the fact that she was previously Abu Bakr’s (ra) wife by saying:

[asma bint umays was an exception and that she was loyal to bibi fatima (as)]

These ignorant folk do not know anything about their own historical personalities, the actions and words of their “icons” are more than enough to refute their silly incomplete unqualified reading of history.

Above we see Asma’ (rah) praising her last husband Abu Bakr (ra) and declaring in front of `Ali (ra) that Abu Bakr (ra) was better than him.

She told `Ali (ra) that the fact that these two men are better than him, and he is who he is, then all three of them must be truly great. If the lesser of the three was `Ali (ra), then you can only imagine the greatness of the second two men.

Also in Siyar A`lam al-Nubala’ 2/286 are three narrations, that Abu Bakr (ra) made it a part of his will that she would wash him, and he made her give him an oath concerning this, and that Asma’ (rah) broke her fast only so she can wash her husband in a cold day.

Is this what Fatima (as) taught her? SubhanAllah how these Shia deviate.

`Ali’s (ra) reply is obvious and clear, it narrated from him with Tawatur that he prefers Abu Bakr (ra) over himself, so he was pleased with the way she judged and told her that if she had said anything other than what she said, he would hate her for it.


  1. This is part of the miraculous taqiyya of the Imams.
    Their taqiyya was so good, even their own families were fooled, not to mention virtually all the Muslims.
    The only way to penetrate behind the veil of taqiyya is to ask the turbaned clerics in places like Qum what the Imams really meant. *Those guys* can tell you for sure.

  2. Great article, may Allah reward the team of twelvershia.net, ameen!

    The irony is that many Shias actually boast around saying that Muhammad bin Abi Bakr was a true Sahabi (of course only because he was a good Sahabi to Ali and not because of our Prophet!!!), many of them even use the username ‘Muhammad Bin Abi Bakr’ on forums and social media, yet what the dumb Shias don’t know is:

    1. Acc. to the majority opinion he was not a Sahabi (he was too little and never interacted with the Prophet peace be upon him).

    2. He was a Nasibi acc. to Shia beliefs because although he suported Ali, yet he loved Abu Bakr and believed (just as the absolute majority of the Ummah including Ali and the major Bani Hashim personalities) that no one is superior than Abu Bakr Ibn Abi Quhafa.

    It’s a shame that the likes of Yasser al-Habib and other Shia scholars chose to go for fabrications (in Shia and Sunni books) such as narrations where Muhammad Bin Abi Bakr gave allegiance to Ali with the condition to curse Abu Bakr (this is what Yasser al-Habib said in one of his lectures I listened to)!!

  3. Being too neutral in my prospective I’m from a shia family and we live in Pakistan I just 18 years old I have been educated Shariuah for two years in shia religious school then I left for Pakistan I joined a well known Sunni religious school in Raiwiand (Tabligi Jammat) and studied there for next three years.
    I have degrees from both Shia and Sunni Schools
    my prospective is “it is true that most of us shai tries to exaggerate charges against Hazrat Uthman ibn Affan (R.A) actually if we study books critically of both Sunni and Shia we will find most the references that shia got are weak at sandah with respect that of Sunni. There are clear evidence that Islamic State was not in complete control of Uthman (R.A) but there is no rule in Shariuah that allows to ask him to leave his place. He could only be asked to look at the cases and go for Justice. Aisha (R.A) was not against Uthman (R.A) at all. Yes it is true that she was critical about the acts of Marwan and few other government officials. She asked Uthman (R.A) in prophets Mosque clearly for justice and made him realize he was not doing great job. Letters that are usually referred to her actually did not belong to her because if we look at Aisha (R.A) we shall find that she was too brave and she liked to speak on face even she liked to speak bravely in front of Muhammad (P.B.U.H). There is no clear evidence has been found that can show even a single letter was written by Her. As long as Muhammad bin Abu Bakar is concerned one of our brothers wrote in a early reply that we cannot say anything about him because he was son of Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A). My brother you are wrong yes he was son of a great man but blood has nothing to do with acts and reputation according to Quran and Sunnah of Muhammad (P.B.U.H). He was a young man that the time of that worst event. He was misguided and letter about which he claimed to find was never shown to public in Medinah. When he had recognized the writing of Marwan he should had left with his men but he did’t and attacked house of Uthman (R.A). Yes it is true he did not killed Uthman (R.A) but left at very moment and Allah knows best about his Imaan. One thing that I use to say a few years before that Muhammad bin Abu Bakar was great because he fought for Ali (R.A) is actually wrong. No matter how great and pious Hazrat Ali (R.A) was but he was a human and only Prophets are those creatures of Allah subhana-talha that never go for mistake. Every other creature even if he was Ali (R.A) can commit mistake. I have quires in my mind when Ali (R.A) knew that who started armed rebellion against Uthman (R.A) why he kept them in his army and in his ranks when he got enough power to catch them and treat them according to Islamic law.If claim of Ammer Mawiuah (R.A) was not right that he was asking Ali (R.A) to give him killers of Uthman (R.A) then why Ali (R.A) didn’t punish them even when he had power to punish. Ali (R.A) did same as Uthman (R.A) did but in different manner we provided only those people with governing posts and power who served him personally. Note that I’m not asserting or accusing I’m asking questions.”

    • I am from a pure sunni family. Since you are from Pakistan you must be aware of the fact how Zarb e Azab resulted in martyrdom of above 150 children in APS Peshawar. Imam Ali bin Abu Talib RA was of the view that if he immediately avenges the death of hazrat Usman RA, it would have led to chaotic condition in the empire. So it was the necessity of the hour first to establish peace in empire and then go for revenge. Imam Ali was right in his stance and ijitahad of Hazrat Ameer E Muawiyah RA was wrong. As far as Aisha RA is concerned, again Hazrat Ali and Hazrat Aisha both were right and the situation was pacified but the war started due to hypocrites. Secondly it comes in a hadith that we should not discuss matters of contradiction. But please brother u have come to the right path by realizing the importance of the Sahaba. Verily Abu Bakar RA had no parallel followed by Umar RA, Uthman RA and then Ali RA after which there is no discrimination. The thing is speaking even a single word againt Ali Mawla RA also can disqualify us from being a Muslim. Umar RA used to say that in our time we used to judge hypocrisy of people due to hatred towards Ali RA. So with out Abu Bakar RA u cant be a muslim neither without Mawla Ali RA.

  4. shia religion is hand made. iranian made this religion. they hate arabs and hate islam and muslims , but they pretend to be muslim . to collect money from tombs of ali, hussain ,and zeenab. they show love to fatima or ali is drama.

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