There are many narrations of the Prophet (saw) and his companions favouring Abu Bakr (ra) over the rest of the companions.
It was narrated Amr ibn al-'As asked the Prophet (saw):
أَىُّ النَّاسِ أَحَبُّ إِلَيْكَ قَالَ " عَائِشَةُ ". فَقُلْتُ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ فَقَالَ " أَبُوهَا
"Who is the most beloved person to you? He said, 'Aisha.'
I asked, 'Among the men?'
He said, 'Her father.' (Abu Bakr)" (Sahih al-Bukhari 3662)
Ibn Umar (ra) narrated:
كُنَّا فِي زَمَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم لاَ نَعْدِلُ بِأَبِي بَكْرٍ أَحَدًا
"During the lifetime of the Prophet (saw), we considered Abu Bakr as peerless." (Sahih al-Bukhari 3697)
Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) stood once on the minbar and gave a speech saying:
خير هذه الأمة بعد نبيها أبو بكر
"The best of the Ummah after its Prophet is Abu Bakr." (Tabarani, al-Mujam al-Awsatt, Ahmed, Fada'il as-Sahabah, Ibn Asakir, Tarikh Dimashq)
The closest male companion of the Prophet was Abu Bakr (ra) and the closest female companion was his wife A'isha (ra).
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