Abu Bakr (R.A.) was granted the title of As-Siddiq which means “The Truthful”. He was the closest acquaintance of the prophet and he was the first male to accept Islam and he spread the message to his close acquaintances that led to the conversion of:
· Uthman ibn Affan
· Abdur Rahman bin Awf
· Sa'id ibn Abi Waqqas
· Umar ibn Masoan
· Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah
· Abdullah bin Abdul Asad
· Abu Salama
· Khalid ibn Sa'id
· Abu Hudhaifah ibn al-Mughirah
Abu Bakr (R.A) felt compassion for the slaves in Arabia and purchased some so that he may free them. He faced persecution from the tribe of Quraysh who physically punished him but he did not break his conviction to his faith.
Umar Ibn Kathab which means Umar the Great was also known as Al-Farooq “The one who distinguishes between right and wrong” as well as Amir al-Mu'minin “Commander of the Faithful”. Under his rule the Muslims conquered the Sassanid Persian Empire and more than two thirds of the Easter Roman Empire and after 500 years of Jews being banished from the Holy Lands were they allowed to return and practise in Jerusalem. From his early years he was a wrestler and physically strong as well as a powerful orator who arbitrated in cases of conflicts. Umar was adamant to defeat Islam and murder the Prophet, but when he read the verses of the Quran (Surah Taha) he was moved and converted to Islam. He became a protector of Muslims after being a persecutor of them.
Uthman (R.A.) was the fourth male convert to Islam and was a wealthy businessman. He donated a lot of his wealth to charity. In Uthman’s rule there was expansion of Muslim territories, increased economic prosperity, and increase in Public Works projects. Uthman (R.A.) formed a committee for the composition of the Quran that exists to this day.
The fourth and final Rashidun Khalifah is Ali (R.A.). The traits of Ali include honesty, courage, unrelenting to devotion to his faith and mercy against defeated enemies. He was the first to accept the divine revelation to Muhammad at the age of 10. When Muhammad (S.A.W) invited the clan of Banu Hashim to join Islam Ali was the only one to accept. In the migration Medina Ali (R.A.) slept in the bed of Muhammad (S.A.W.) to foil a plot of an assignation attempt on the Prophet. Ali (R.A.) survived and carried out the further instruction that were given to him of returning property. Ali took place in all battles with the exception of Tabouk. Ali (R.A.) was given the title of Asadullah by the prophet which means “Lion of God”.
These are the four out of the ten that were promised heaven and if we take from their personalities inshAllah (God-Willing) we may be able to escape from hell-fire.