Abu Bakr more intelligent and dutiful towards the nation than Allah’s Prophet (s.a.w.a.)?!

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Muslims accuse the Shias of lowering the position of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and raising the status of Imams (a.s.), in particular, Ameerul Momineen – Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.).

This is of course a result of their poor understanding of Prophethood and Imamat and their own personal prejudices.

But here is an

Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) to Ibn Abbas:

Then Abu Bakr made Umar as caliph and in this he did not follow the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) who (according to Muslims) left without appointing a caliph.

Abu Bakr was asked in this connection, so he said:

Should I leave the nation of Muhammad (s.a.w.a.) like an old shoe? Would I leave it without appointing a caliph over the Muslims?!

This was his taunt against the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) as (apparently) he (s.a.w.a.) was heedless in appointing a caliph.

  • Kitab al-Sulaim (r.a.) trad 14
  • Behar al-Anwar v 30 p 152

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