‘Aisha relates that during his illness, the Messenger of Allah peace be and blessings upon him asked her, “Aisha, what has happened to those
pieces of gold?” When she brought five or seven or nine dirhams, he took them in his hands and said, “How shall I face Allah with these in my possession? Give these away in charity.”
ANXIETY FOR THE PRAYERS
While the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him was caught in a debilitating sickness, he inquired, “Has everybody offered prayers?”
Those attending him replied, “No, O Prophet of Allah peace be and blessings upon him, they are waiting for you.” He asked someone to bring water in a pan. After being served with his request, he took a bath and tried to get up, but fell unconscious. On regaining consciousness after a short while, he again asked, “Has everybody offered prayers?” They replied,
“No, O Prophet of Allah, they are waiting for you.” All the people were then sitting silently in the Prophet’s Mosque for the night prayer. Now Abu Bakr was considerate enough and concerned with the prevailing situation that he asked ‘Umar to lead the prayer. ‘Umar, however,
declined saying that he (Abu Bakr) was more qualified than he was. Thus, Abu Bakr’s illness.
When the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him felt a bit better he came out taking the help of ‘Abbas and ‘Ali for the noon prayer. As soon as Abu Bakr came to know of the Prophetʹs arrival, he tried
to step back, but the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him directed him not to leave his place and asked the two who were supporting him to let him take the seat by the side of Abu Bakr. Thus, the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him performed the prayer sitting while Abu Bakr kept standing in the prayer. Umm Al‐Fadl ibn al‐Harith says that she had heard Allah’s Messenger reciting Soorah al‐Mursalat at the
sunset prayer. Thereafter he did not lead any prayer until Allah summoned him to His presence.
(Al‐Bukhaari, Kitab us‐Salat)