The 8th Doctrine

The Imamat (Spiritual Leadership) of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique 

The absolute deputation of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam) is called Imamat and one who is appointed to this rank is called the Imam (Spiritual leader).

The Imam of Muslims by virtue of deputation of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam) becomes entitled to exercise powers in all the worldly and religious affairs entrusted to him according to the religious laws and they are free from any kind of defection (or sin). The obedience of the Imam is for all the Muslims of the world.

"The conditions of appointment to Imamhood are that firstly he should be a free Muslim and secondly he should be sane, competent, elder and also member of Quraish". It is not a condition that he should be a Hashamite (member of Bani Hashim) Alvi (Alid) and innocent. Those are the conditions laid down by Rawafiz (The followers of Shiaism). The motto behind such invented condition is to separate or drop the names of true leaders of the faithful viz, the first three pious caliphs namely Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique, Hazrat Umar Farooque, and Hazrat Usman Ghani (Radi Allah A’hum) from the list of the caliphs of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam). Further the condition to be Alid is totally invalid because it disqualifies Hazrat Ali (Radi Allaho Anho) to become the Imam. How can Hazrat Ali (Radi Allaho Anho) be regarded as an Alid? (Alid is the descendant of Hazrat Ali (Radi Allaho Anho) himself). As regards innocence, it happens to be the attribute of the prophets and angels so the belief of the Shia Sect that all the Imams happened to be innocent is also not justified. (Bahar-e-Shariat)

According to the belief of Sunni Sect after the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam) the caliphate and the Imamat had been bestowed upon Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (Radi Allaho Anho) (absolute, proved beyond doubt by research).

It was right and was based upon admonition and guidance. His Imamat was not acquired by forced usurpation. His Imamat was in fact was a result of his following attributes: Kindness and clemency, the excellence of Siyadat (leadership), farseeing political consideration, full support of millah (support of religious laws) etc. He was also one who was equipped with protection of Ummat (Followers of Islam). He was a man of justice and equality, truth and straight forwardness. He was a man of a domination and guidance. He was the eradicator of menace of renegades. In addition to them there are many illustrious A Hadith of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam) about the attributes of Hazrat AbuBakr Siddique (Radi Allaho Anho). Further by the majority of the Holy Companions (Radi Allah A’nhum) he was elected to the seat of the caliphate of the prophet (the leader of the faithful). It was a historical event that after the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam) parted from this mortal world Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (Radi Allaho Anho) occupied the throne of pious caliphate and promulgated his verdicts and commands. He controlled the administration of Islamic country so the people of all faiths, such as Jews, Christians, Fire worshipers and even the infidels accepted his rule. However the Shia and Alids had developed a kind of animosity against him on the basis of false claim that the seat of caliphate was the right of Moula Ali (Let Allah’s favor be on his countenance).

When in accordance with the Divine Command the seat of caliphate has been assigned to the first three leaders of the faithful then (Allah forbid it) that the followers of the Shia faith regarded them to be the usurpers of the seat of the caliphate as well as of Imamat (religious leadership). They did not stop at it but by an accusation of Taqiyah Shaqiyah (vicious subterfuge). (Let Allah forbid it) they regard Hazrat Asadullah Ghalib to be impotent, coward, discarder of truth and subject of falsehood.

A wise enemy is better then a foolish friend. In short all the Holy Companions had unanimity and general agreement on the Imamat and caliphate of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (Radi Allaho Anho). In no case the Holy Companions could be unanimous on any matter of falsehood under any circumstances, Even if it is accepted that due to usurpation and oppression all the Holy Companions (Radi Allah A’nhum) became transgressors then how could it be possible that the said companions happened to be the bearers of the Manifest Quran and they were the narrators of the true faith. One who regards the Holy Companions (Radi Allah A’nhum) to be transgressors should in fact discover a new approach unto the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam). In fact such person is deprived of the true faith. We sunnis have to think that the subsequent caliphate of Hazrat Farooq-e-Azam (Radi Allaho Anho) and of Hazrat Zun-nurain Usman Ghani (Radi Allaho Anho) followed by the caliphate of the father of Hasnain Hazrat Ali (Radi Allaho anho) were logical and Justified and that none of them was an usurper.