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Abu Hurairah

Abu Hurairah (Arabic: ) , (also known as `Abd al-Rahman ibn Sakhr Al-Azdi (Arabic: ) , Abu Horayrah or Hurairah) (603 681) was a companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the narrator of Hadith most quoted in the isnad by Sunnis. Abu Hurairah spent 3 years in the company of the Prophet[1] and went on expeditions and journeys with him[2] It is estimated that he narrated around 5,375 ahadith.[3] Abu Hurairah has been quoted as having a photographic memory.[4] In 629 (7 AH) he went to Medina with some others from his tribe. Since Muhammad was absent due to the Battle of Khaybar, he stayed in the masjid. He had a wife named Bushra; the proof of this is in Fadi'l Aa'mal. His mother, Maymouna Bint Subaih,[5] who was still a polytheist, was with him. He prayed for her to become a Muslim, but she refused. Sunni sources report: One day, he again invited his mother to believe in the One God and His Prophet. She answered with some bad words about the Prophet. Abu Hurairah went to the Prophet with tears in his eyes. Why are you crying, Abu Hurairah? asked the Prophet. I always invite my mother to Islam, and she always refuses, said Abu Hurairah. I asked her again today. But she said some things about you that made me sad. Can you pray to Allah for her to turn to Islam? The Prophet prayed for Abu Hurairahs mother to accept Islam. When Abu Hurairah went home, he found the door closed. He heard the splashing of water. He tried to enter the house, but his mother said, Wait a minute. Dont come in yet. Then she got dressed and said, You can come in now. When Abu Hurairah went inside, his mother said, I declare that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. Abu Hurairah again went to the Prophet crying. But this time his tears were tears of joy. I have good news, Rasul'Allah, he said. Allah has answered your prayer and guided my mother to Islam. Abu Hurairah, with other Muslims, suffered from hunger when the Muslims were poor in Medina. When I was afflicted with severe hunger, I would go to a companion of the Prophet and asked him about an ayah of the Qur'an and (stay with him) learning it so that he would take me with him to his house and give food. One day, my hunger became so severe that I placed a stone on my stomach. I then sat down in the path of the companions. Abu Bakr passed by and I asked him about an ayah of the Book of God. I only asked him so that he would invite me but he didn't. Then Umar ibn al-Khattab passed by me and I asked him about an ayah but he also did not invite me. Then the Messenger of Allah passed by and realized that I was hungry and said: "Abu Hurairah!" "At your command" I replied and followed him until we entered his house. He found a bowl of milk and

asked his family: "From where did you get this?" "Someone sent it to you" they replied. He then said to me: "O Abu Hurairah, go to the Ahl as-Suffah and invite them." Abu Hurairah did as he was told and they all drank from the milk. Abu Hurairah then spent one year and ten months with Muhammad in Medina, before the Prophet's death on 8 June 632 in Medina. Abu Hurairah had an excellent memory which is why he was able to narrate so many hadith. "Narrated Abu Huraira: I said, O Allahs Apostle! I hear many narrations from you but I forget them. He said, Spread your covering sheet. I spread my sheet and he moved both his hands as if scooping something and emptied them in the sheet and said, Wrap it. I wrapped it round my body, and since then I have never forgotten a single Hadith." [6] Abu Huraira helped pass and teach the religion of Islam on through narrating the traditions of the Prophet to the early Muslims. While on the road to Makka for pilgrimage the wind blew so hard that Umar asked: Can anyone narrate to us something [from the Prophet] about the wind? None of those present could answer. When news of this reached Ab Hurayra, he rode up to Umar and said: Commander of the Believers! I was told that you asked about the wind, and I myself heard the Prophet say: The wind is a spirit from Allh. It brings mercy and it brings torment. Therefore, when you experience it, do not curse it but ask Allh for its goodness and seek refuge in Him from its harm.[7]