The Rightly Guided Caliphs

  With the death of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), the Muslim community was faced with the problem of succession. Who would be its leader? There were four persons obviously marked for leadership: Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (may Allāh be pleased with him), who had not only accompanied Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) to Medina ten years before, but had been appointed to take the place of the Prophet as...