The status of the four rightly guided caliphs is in their actual order of succession. That is Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique, then Hazrat Umar Farooq, then Hazrat Uthmaan Gani and finally Hazrat Ali (may Allah be pleased with them all). To clarify, it is not from the beliefs of Ahle Sunnah that Hazrat Umar is of a greater rank than Hazrat Abu Bakr. After all the prophets sent by Allah, Hazrat Abu Bakr is considered the greatest individual amongst mankind. Those people who have any enmity towards any of the companions of the Prophet should seek repentence as Allah has said in the Qur’aan with regards to the companions, ‘Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him’. As to the ‘fitna’ this may be causing, one must stay reassured that truth shall always prevail over falsehood.
And Allah knows best