It was eleven years after Hijra. Allah's Messenger
was about to conclude establishing the main pillars on which the Islamic
law, which was ordained to be everlasting for being the final faith, was
His noble soul was compelled to return with satisfaction and comfort to the One Who Created it; after it had attained the goal of bringing about the greatest change in the history of mankind. Yes, indeed it was inevitable for the Prophet's soul to depart towards Him who it-truly knew, for so many years called mankind to worship, and courageously struggled in the path of elevating His Word. And as it is said:
"Death was written to fit man just as a necklace
was made to fit a girl's neck"
The Prophet along with the rest of the Muslims, had
made his final morning prayer. It was the last time they (the people) were
to see the Divine light come upon them. By the time the sun had reached
the middle of the sky, the Prophet's sun had made its eternal set.
By noon he was lying dead between his family; they
could do nothing save shed tears of sorrow for the biggest affliction of
What a day it was. Greatness, perfection, honor and
exaltation had been lost. Muslims were so saddened that whenever they were
afflicted with great sorrow thereafter they said:
"Surely this is a day like when the Messenger of
The house was crowded with crying people; but Fatima's
weeping was the greatest. She had lost her great father and with him went
her happiness and joy; with his death came sadness and pain.
When the Muslims heard of the Prophet's death, they
rushed towards the Mosque. The people were overwhelmed and did not realize
what had actually happened... They became like scattered sheep on a rainy
night without their shepherd. What were they to do? Ali was busy attending
to washing the Prophet's body and could not speak to them in details.
It was undoubtedly true! He had died! Yet, Umar Ibn al-Khattab refused to allow people to believe what had happened. He began shouting in their faces and threatening them by saying:
'Allah's Messenger did not die, nor will he die
until his religion reigns over all other religions. He shall return to
amputate the hands and legs of the men who believed in his death. I will
not hear a man say: `The Messenger of Allah died save that I will cut off
Umar's call was decisive and rebellious... he, the
speaker, used the most effective method of speech to persuade his listeners
to believe him...
Umar had sparked hope in their hearts that the Prophet
was still alive...
He put fear in the hearts of the Muslims by telling
them that the Prophet would come to amputate the hands and legs of those
who believed in his death.
Furthermore, Umar threatened them by saying:
"I will cut off the neck of anyone who says: Allah's
Fear and hope were the tools that Umar used to control
the nerves of the Muslims. Because of the people's great love for the Prophet
the call to refuse accepting his death, easily found its way into their
minds. Hence, no one objected to Umar and the belief that the Messenger
had not died; this overtook all other news.
The Muslims lived several hours in total suspense
and confusion. They were prevented from believing in the Prophet's death
until Abu Bakr returned from a nearby village.
As soon as Abu Bakr returned, he proceeded towards the prophet's house and uncovered his face to make sure that he was actually dead. He then went to the Mosque and found Umar still stating that the Prophet had not died. Abu Bakr ordered Umar to sit down; Umar refused until he ordered him three times; yet, Umar still refused. Thus, Abu Bakr stood in another corner of the Mosque and addressed the people:
"He who worships Muhammad should be informed that Muhammad has died. He who worships Allah should know that Allah is ever-living and does not die."
Abu Bakr then recited the following verse:
"Muhammad is no more than a Prophet: many were
the Apostles that passed away before him. If he died or was slain, will
ye then turn back your heels?"
When the Muslims heard this, they submitted to the fact... Even Umar believed that he had actually died, and as Umar himself said:
"I only believed that he died after I had made
sure that the verse was from the Holy Quran."
Abu Bakr and Umar's story was sad!! Right?! Yet even
the simplest minds cannot be convinced that these events can be plainly
Umar shouts, swears, threatens those who say that
the Messenger of Allah has actually died... But when Abu Bakr recites a
verse from the Quran-which Umar himself did not recognize!!-the later suddenly
collapses; and believes that Muhammad really died!!
How did Umar know that the Prophet will not die until
his religion reigns over all other religions?!
Did he inform Umar that he will return to cut off
the arms and legs of those who said he was dead?
Didn't Umar really know that the verse recited by
Abu Bakr was a Quranic verse, so that he could claim to believe in the
But surely "Still waters run deep"!!
Actually, by behaving in such a way, Umar was able
to suspend the Muslims and hold them back for several hours until Abu Bakr
returned. It was then that they (Abu Bakr and Umar immediately started
the execution of their premeditated plan to seize power.
Can't you see that Umar was over-reacting to the Prophet's
death; but simultaneously with Abu Bakr's speech, he turned around forgetting
all about his supposedly broken heart to announce his allegiance to Abu
Bakr as the new leader of the Muslims!!
At any rate, Abu Bakr's and Umar's success in seizing
power from Ali (A) after the Prophet's death, can only be the first of
previous planning to do so long before the death of Allah's Messenger.
Thus, this show, which was put on, by Umar and Abu Bakr can only be part
of this planning. The authenticity of this statement can be verified when
hands are set free to search the pages of history books.