Aboo Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (PBUH) said, “While I was sleeping, I saw myself standing at a well over which there was a bucket. I pulled out as many buckets of water as Allaah wished from it. Ibn Abee Quhaafah then took the bucket from me and pulled out one or two full buckets, but there was weakness in his pull – may Allaah forgive him. Then the bucket turned into a very large one and ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab took it. I have never seen any person draw water with such strength as ‘Umar did, until the people [drank to their satisfaction and] watered their camels to their fill; whereupon the camels sat beside the water. ” Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol.9, p.122, no.148. The kunyah [pet name] of Aboo Bakr as-Siddeeq’s father was Aboo Quhaafah. That is, the name Ibn Abee Quhaafah [the son of Aboo Quhaafah] refers to Aboo Bakr. The symbolism in the Prophet’s dream indicated that Aboo Bakr would lead the Muslim state during trying times, for one or two years; while ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab would lead them in times of prosperity for a number of years.