As the Prophet sat by a well in something like an oasis of this world, he gave good news of the eternal Oasis – Paradise – to each of the three men who entered and sat by his side: Abu Bakr, Umar, and Uthman, except Uthman would first face a severe trial. These three, and Ali ibn Abu Talib, were regarded by the Prophet as the greatest four of his Companions – the four who after the Prophet’s death would be the reference point for understanding Islam in the most comforting as well as the most trying times.
About the Wisdom of these four men, the Prophet (s) prophesized, “Whoever lives long will see a lot of differences. So (during those times), upon you is the duty to follow my Sunnah (Way) and the Sunnah of the Four Rightly Guided Successors (Khulafa Rashidun) after me – hold onto it (even) with your Molar (teeth).”
Sure enough the Prophecy came true. Following the Prophet’s passing away, Abu Bakr took the leadership at a time when the tribal leaders, given to the temptations of wealth & power, turned against their fellow tribal members, and Abu Bakr lived true to Allah’s wisdom. Next Umar ibn Khattab led the Ummah from strength to strength, and left us with guidance on how to be an embodiment of piety in times of strength and worldly temptations. Next Uthman ibn Affan led as an example of the highest level of selfless piety, care for the people and wisdom as he steered the Ummah during extremely confusing fitnah of dubious people hiding behind decorated slogans designed to create harm, just as the Prophet had prophesized earlier. Finally Ali ibn Abu Talib was handed the leadership of a deeply divided Ummah with Sahabah against Sahabah, and the Sunnah of Ali, like those of the other three before him, left the Ummah with life saving wisdom to steer its way through the most turbulent of waters, until Ali’s son Hasan, completed his father’s legacy and fulfilled his grandfather’s miraculous prophecy by reuniting the Ummah righteously and precisely at the specific time that the Prophet had prophesized over thirty years before!
This shows that Allah decreed these varying times for each of the four so that their Way of implementing the Prophet’s Sunnah in those times, stands as a practical example for every conceivable challenge & scenario that we are ever likely to face till the Day of Judgement!
It is for this reason, more than others, that the upcoming HikmahWay Institute one-day long intensive course, titled, The Greatest Four: Chronicles of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (r), Their Lives, Legacy & Leadership, is an indispensable course and essential learning for every Muslim, especially in the complex times that we live in today – for the guidance it provides for our times and for their beautiful, devout and pious biographies of four absolutely lovable heroes!
Sheikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel, with his special passion for our Ummah’s history along with his deep research and diverse learning at the Islamic University of Medina and at other Universities internationally, with this background, he is well suited to present this course, inspire us to the levels of great character of these four men, and bring home to our lives the wisdom of The Greatest Four Companions, the Rightly Guided Successors of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).
You cannot stop the fitnah of the last days around us, but you can help & enlighten yourself to find priceless internal peace for yourself, your family, friends & those around you by studying the lives of The Greatest Four!
Sheikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel
With his special passion for our Ummah’s history along with his deep research and diverse learning at the Islamic University of Medina and at other Universities internationally, with this background, he is well suited to present this course, inspire us to the levels of great character of these four men, and bring home to our lives the wisdom of The Greatest Four Companions, the Rightly Guided Successors of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).
Mohd Amran, Student,QLD
“When Sheikh Aslam relates the story of the companions and how we can apply them in our life, that was a super moment for me, MashaAllah Tabarakallah”