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.