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1. Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (D 13AH)

He is Abu Bakr ibn Abi Quhafah al-Siddiq (ra). It is said that his name is ‘Atiq. He was born two years and some months after the birth of the Prophet (saw) in Makkah. Abu Bakr was fair, slender; slightly bent backed and had a slender face with large hollow eyes. His forehead protruded slightly, and he dyed his hair with henna mixed katm (a reddish black dye). 

Safeguarding the heart

If the heart is so essential and yet unstable, its health must be eagerly and carefully protected. The heart, much more than our bodies, is susceptible to sickness and the influences around it. Yet many of us allow everything to flow into it without attention to the damage this can do.

The Prophet (saw) said: “The qalb (heart) was given this name only because of its fluctuations. The heart is like a feather in the wilderness – at a base of a tree – that continues to be turned on its head by the wind.” (Imam Ahmad)