Abū Bakr (RadiAllahu ‘anhu), who annihilated himself in the love for the Prophet ﷺ, is also manifested the unique examples of forgiveness. For instance, there was a poor man named Mistah, to who Abū Bakr (RadiAllahu ‘anhu) was regularly helping. When Abū Bakr (RadiAllahu ‘anhu) learned that Mistah was among those who slander Aisha (Radi Allahu ‘anha), he swore that he would not help Mistah and his family anymore. Without Abū Bakr’s (Radi Allahu ‘anhu) financial aid, Mistah and his family became miserable. Upon this the following verses were revealed:
“And let not those of you who possess grace and abundance swear against giving to the near of kin and the poor and those who have fled in Allah’s way, and they should pardon and turn away. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” (24; 22)
“And make not Allah because of your swearing (by Him) an obstacle to your doing good and guarding (against evil) and making peace between men, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.” (2; 224)
Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (RadiAllahu ‘anhu) said, “Yes, by Allah, I would like that Allah forgive me.” expiated for his broken oath and went on giving Mistah the money he used to give him before. He also added, “By Allah, I will never deprive him of it at all.” (Bukharī, Maghazī, 34; Muslim, Tawbah, 56; Tabarī, Tafsīr, II, 546)
Because continuously forgiving the servants of Allah and becoming worthy of Allah’s forgiveness is an indispensable characteristic of the friends of Allah.