Who Are Rightly Guided Caliphs ?
We know that the 4 companions of Prophet Muhammad who succeeded him as rulers of Muslims (Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali) are widely known as 4 rightly-guided-caliphs.
I want to know who gave them this title/distinction ? Is it approved by Allah that these 4 are rightly-guided (some include Hassan, the elder son of Ali as the 5th rightly guided one) or Prophet gave them this title ?
Or is it based on Muslim public opinion only ?
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