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‏فضائل الصحابة‏ (The Virtues of the Companions)
CHAPTER: THE MERITS OF ABU HURAIRA AL-DAWSI AL-YAMANI (ALLAAH BE PLEASED WITH HIM)  

No. 6082

Abu Huraira reported: I invited my mother, who was a polytlieist, to Islam. I invited her one day and she said to me something about Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) which I hated. I came to Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) weeping and said: Allaah's Messenger, I invited my mother to Islam but she did not accept (my invitation). I invited her today but she said to me something which I did not like. (Kindly) supplicate Allaah that He may set the mother of Abu Huraira right. Thereupon Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: O Allaah, set the mother of Abu Huraira on the right path. I came out quite pleased with the supplication of Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and when I came near the door it was closed from within. My mother heard the noise of my footsteps and she said: Abu Huraira, just wait, and I heard the noiee of falling of water. She took a bath and put on the shirt and quickly covered her head with a headdress and opened the door and then said: Abu Huraira, I bear witness to the fact that there is none worthy of worship (in truth) but Allaah and Mubammad is His bondsman and His Messenger. He (Abu Huraira) said: I went back to Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and (this time) I was shedding the tears of joy. I said: Allaah's Messenger, be happy, for Allaah has responded to your supplication and He has set on the right path the mother of Abu Huraira. He (the Prophet) praised Allaah, and extolled Him and uttered good words. I said: Allaah's Messenger, supplicate to Allaah so that He may instil love of mine and that of my mother too in the believing servants and let our hearts be filled with their love, whereupon Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: O Allaah, let there be love of these servants of yours, i. e. Abu Huraira and his mother, in the hearts of the believing servants and let their hearts be filled with the love of the believing servants. (Abu Huraira said: This prayer) was so well granted by Allaah that no believer was ever born who heard of me and who saw me but did not love me.

No. 6083

Al-A'raj reported that he heard Abu Huraira as saying: You are under the impression that Abu Huraira transmits so many ahadith from Allaah's Messenger (may peace up upon him) ; (bear in mind) Allaah is the great Reckoner. I was a poor man and I served Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) being satisfied with bare subsistence, whereas the immigrants remained busy with transactions in the bazar; while the Ansar had been engaged in looking after their properties. (He further reported) that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: He who spreads the cloth would not forget anything that he would hear from me. I spread my cloth until he narrated something. I then pressed it against my (chest), so I never forgot anything that I heard from him.

No. 6084

This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Abu Huraira but with the variation that the hadith transmitted on the authority of Malik conclude with the words of Abu Huraira and there is no mention of a transmission of these from Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam):" who spreads his cloth," to the end.

No. 6085

'A'isha reported: Don't you feel surprised at Abu Huraira? He came (one day) and sat beside the nook of my apartment and began to narrate (the hadith of Allaah's Prophet). I was hearing while I was engaged in extolling Allaah (reciting Subhan Allaah) constantly. He stood up before I finished my repetition of Subhan Allaah. if I were to meet him I would have warned him in stern words that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) did not speak so quickly as you talk. Ibn Shihab transmitted on the authority of Ibn Musayyib that Abu Huraira said: People say that Abu Huraira transmits so many ahadith, whereas Allaah is the Reckoner, and they say: How is it with Muhajirs and the Ansar that they do not narrate ahadith like him (like Abu Huraira)? Abu Huraira said: I tell you that my brothers from Ansar remained busy with their lands and my brothers Muhajirs were busy in transactions in the bazars, but I always kept myself attached to Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) with bare subsistence. I remained present (in the company of the Prophet), whereas they had been absent. I retained in my mind (what the Prophet said), whereas they forgot it. One day Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: He who amongst you spreads the cloth and listens to my talk and would then press it against his chest would never forget anything heard from me. So I spread my mantle and when he had concluded his talk I then pressed it against my chest and so I never forgot after that day anything that he (the Prophet) said. And if these two verses would not have been revealed in the Book I would have never transmitted anything (to anybody):" Those who conceal the clear evidence and the guidance that We revealed" (ii. 159) tip to the last verse.

No. 6086

This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Abu Huraira (and the words are): You say that Abu Huraira narrates so many ahadith from Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) ; the rest of the hadith is the same.




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