Of the few occasions when the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him made for the pulpit during his illness, he once said while a cloth was tied around his head. “Behold, Allah gave to His bondmen the choice between this world and that which is with Him, so he chose that which is with Allah.”
Abu Bakr saw the significance of the Prophet’s word, for he knew that it was the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him himself who had been given that choice. He broke into tears and exclaimed, “Nay, may our own lives and our children be your ransom.’
The Prophet peace be and blessings upon him then replied, “Abu Bakr, have patience and don’t be hasty. Indeed, of all the people, the most
generous toward me in regard to his life and property was Abu Bakr. And, were I to choose anyone to be my dearest friend, indeed I would choose Abu Bakr. But the love and concern for Islam takes precedence above all others.”
The Prophet peace be and blessings upon him also said in this occasion, “There shall be left open no door of the mosque save Abu Bakr’s”.
 (AlBukhaari, Kitab UsSalat)
‘Abbaas and company happened to pass by a group of Ansaar. They saw them weeping and asked, “What makes you weep?” They answered, “We have been recalling our meetings with the Prophet of Allah peace be and blessings upon him.” When the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him was informed of the incident, he came out, the end of his mantle wound round his head, and mounted the pulpit. He did not mount the pulpit again after that day when he praised Allah and extolled Him. Then he said, “I commend the Ansaar to you, for, behold, they are my intimates and bosom friends.
They have fulfilled their duty, and now whatever claims they have on others remain to be requited. Therefore, you shall welcome whatever is done by the good among them, and forgive those that do wrong.”
 (AlBukhaari, Fada'il Ashab)

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