Ibn Is’haaq reports that Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) once met Rasulullah (S.A.W) and said, “0 Muhammad (S.A.W)! Is it true what the Quraysh are saying about you forsaking our gods, calling us foolish and referring to our forefathers as infidels?”
Rasulullah (S.A.W) replied, “Yes. I am Allah’s Rasul and Nabi (S.A.W). Allah has sent me to propagate His message. With conviction I am calling you towards Allah. By Allah! This is certainly the truth. 0 Abu Bakr (R.A)! I call you towards the One Allah who has no partner. Do not worship anyone but Him and always be obedient to Him.” Rasulullah (S.A.W) then recited a part of the Quran to Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A).
He accepted Islam, forsook idols, renounced all partners in worship and attested to the truth of Islam. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) returned from his meeting with Rasulullah (S.A.W) as a true Mu’min.
HE NEITHER HESITATED NOR EXPRESSED ANY DOUBTS
According to another narration, Rasulullah (S.A.W) said, “Everyone I called to Islam expressed some hesitation and doubts except Abu Bakr (R.A). When I mentioned Islam to him, he neither hesitated nor expressed any doubts (but accepted immediately) .”
Hadhrat Abu Bakr was a close friend of Rasulullah (S.A.W) even before Rasulullah (S.A.W) announced his Nubuwwah (Prophethood). Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) was well aware of the truthfulness, honesty, excellent habits and sublime character of Rasulullah (S.A.W) which would not allow him to even speak a lie about the creation, let alone lie about The Creator. Therefore, as soon as Rasulullah (S.A.W) told Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) that he was Allah’s Nabi, he immediately accepted without hesitation.
FIRST TO ACCEPT ISLAM
In fact, Bukhari narrates a Hadith in which it is reported that when there was once an argument between Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) and Hadhrat Umar (R.A), Rasulullah (S.A.W) said, “When Allah sent me as a Nabi to you people, you all said that I was lying while Abu Bakr (R.A) said, ‘You are speaking the truth.’ He then rendered me great assistance with his life and wealth. For my sake, will you people not leave this friend of mine alone (and refrain from causing him any sorrow)!” Rasulullah (S.A.W) repeated this statement twice, after which no one ever caused any harm to Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A). This Hadith of Rasulullah (S.A.W) is a clear proof that Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) -was the first to accept Islam.