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Abu
Hurayrah (RA)
Through his phrase millions of Muslims Prophet and becoming a Muslim in the however was his mother who was still a
from the early history of Islam to the early years of his mission, Abu Hurayrah mushrik. He longed, and prayed, for her
present have come to be familiar with the was one of the first to respond to his call. to become a Muslim but she adamantly
name Abu Hurayrah. He was unlike the majority of the Daws refused. One day, he invited her to have
In speeches and lectures, in Friday who remained stubborn in their old beliefs faith in God alone and follow His Prophet
khutbahs and seminars, in the books for a long time. but she uttered some words about the
of hadith and sirah, fiqh and ibadah, When at-Tufayl visited Makkah again, Prophet which saddened him greatly. With
the name Abu Hurayrah is mentioned Abu Hurayrah accompanied him. There tears in his eyes, he went to the noble
in this fashion: “On the authority of Abu he had the honor and privilege of meeting Prophet who said to him: “What makes
Hurayrah, may God be pleased with him the noble Prophet who asked him: “What you cry, O Abu Hurayrah?” “I have not let
who said: The Messenger of God, may is your name?” “Abdu Shams - Servant of up in inviting my mother to Islam but she
God bless him and grant him peace, a Sun,” he replied. has always rebuffed me. Today, I invited
said... “. “Instead, let it be Abdur-Rahman - the her again and I heard words from her
Through his Prodigious efforts, Servant of the Beneficent Lord,” said the which I do not like. Do make supplication
hundreds of ahadith or sayings of Prophet. to God Almighty to make the heart of Abu
the Prophet were transmitted to later “Yes, Abdur-Rahman (it shall be) Hurayrah’s mother incline to Islam.”
generations. His is the foremost name in O Messenger of God,” he replied. The Prophet responded to Abu
the roll of hadith transmitters. Next to him However, he continued to be known as Hurayrah’s request and prayed for his
comes the names of such companions as Abu Hurayrah, “the kitten man”, literally mother. Abu Hurayrah said: “I went home
Abdullah the son of Umar, Anas the son “the father of a kitten” because like the and found the door closed. I heard the
of Malik, Umm al-Mumininin Aishah, Jabir Prophet he was fond of cats and since his splashing of water and when I tried to
ibn Abdullah and Abu Said al-Khudri all childhood often had a cat to play with. enter my mother said: “Stay where you
of whom transmitted over a thousand Abu Hurayrah stayed in Tihamah for are, O Abu Hurayrah.” And after putting
sayings of the Prophet. several years and it was only at the on her clothes, she said, “Enter!” I entered
Abu Hurayrah became a Muslim at the beginning of the seventh year of the Hijrah and she said: “I testify that there is no god
hands of at-Tufayl ibn Amr the chieftain of that he arrived in Madinah with others but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is
the Daws tribe to which he belonged. The of his tribe. The Prophet had gone on a His Servant and His Messenger.”
Daws lived in the region of Tihamah which campaign to Khaybar. Being destitute, “I returned to the Prophet, peace be
stretches along the coast of the Red Sea Abu Hurayrah took up his place in the on him, weeping with joy just as an
in southern Arabia. When at-Tufayl Masjid with other of the Ahl as-Suffah. He hour before I had gone weeping from
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returned to his village after meeting the was single, without wife or child. With him sadness and said: “I have good news, O
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