The Sublime Status of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr & Sayyiduna 'Umar
An abridgement of MATLA' AL-QAMARAYN FI IBANAT SABQAT AL-'UMARAYN
Author of the Original Text: A'la-Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan
The great Imām and Mujaddid (Reviver of the Religion), Shaykh Aḥmad Riḍā Khān , wrote Muntahā al-Tafṣīl li Mabḥath al-Tafḍīl, a masterpiece making abundantly clear from verses of the Holy Qur’ān, the Aḥādīth and the statements of the scholars, the pre-eminent stations of Sayyidunā Abū Bakr and Sayyidunā ʿUmar among the Companions Ĺ . This work spans 90 juz’; however, fearing its length would be arduous on readers, the erudite Imām penned an abridgement entitled, Maṭlaʿ al-Qamarayn fī Ibānat Sabqat al-ʿUmarayn.
Using 69 verses of the Holy Qur’ān, 235 Aḥādīth, and numerous statements of the luminary scholars of the past, Imām Aḥmad Riḍā proves the pre-eminent rank of the two greatest Companions, namely Sayyidunā Abū Bakr and Sayyidunā ʿUmar.
This book is itself a summary translation of Maṭlaʿ al-Qamarayn fī Ibānat Sabqat al-ʿUmarayn, consisting of three parts:
Part A – Defining the meaning of superiority (afḍaliyyah)
Part B – Textual proofs establishing the superiority of the Shaykhayn
Part C – Further virtues and excellences of the Shaykhayn.