abu-bekr defined in 1939 yearabu-bekr - Abu-Bekr (573-634);
abu-bekr - Name, meaning father of the virgin, borne by the first caliph or successor of Mahomet. It was substituted for his original name Abd-el-Kaba after the marriage of his daughter Ayesha to the Prophet. Born at Mecca, he was a wealthy merchant of the Koreish tribe. He was devoted to Mahomet, his sole companion during the flight from Mecca to Medina, and was designated his successor by the Prophet himself. The claim to the Caliphate put forward by Mahomet's son-in-law Ali divided Ma-homedans into sects known as Sun-nites and Shiites, the supporters of Abu-Bekr and Ali. See Caliph.
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