About this episode

In this lecture, we are transported into the life and times of one of the greatest defenders of the Sunnah - Abu Hurairah Ad Dawsi - by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi.

The lecture begins with a brief transcript of one man - Al Tufayl ibn Amr al Dawsi- who was the chieftain of a tribe named Daws (Yemen) and the reason behind this discussion is revealed in he being the one who gave da'wah to Abu Hurairah to accept Islam.

Abu Hurayrah was formerly called Abd al Shams  and Abd al Raḥman ibn Ṣakhr. He was given the present name by the Prophet ﷺ in all likelihood of his extreme fondness of kittens.he was the leader of Ahle Suffah. 5700 hadith have been narrated by Abu Hurayrah which is 2 to 3 times more than what any other Sahaba might have done.

Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, "One day, my hunger became so severe that I placed a stone on my stomach. Abu Bakr passed by and I asked him about an ayah of the Book of Allah. I only asked him so that he would invite me but he did not.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 ﷺ passed by and realized that I was hungry and said,' Abu Hurayrah!”'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 Hurayrah, go to the Ahlus-Suffah and invite them.'"I did as I was told and they all drank from the milk." when they had finished, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said  to me drink! I drank and i drank till i was satiated. Then I said ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, there is no way I can drink any more.’ He realised that the Messenger ﷺ was teaching him the blessings of Allah SWT.

Narrated Abu Huraira : You people say that Abu Huraira tells many narrations from the Prophet ﷺ and you also wonder why the emigrants and Ansar do not narrate from him as Abu Hurairah does. My emigrant brothers were busy in the market while I used to stick to the Prophet ﷺ content with what fills my stomach; so I used to be present when they were absent and I used to remember when they used to forget, and my Ansari brothers used to be busy with their properties and I was one of the poor men of Suffah. I used to remember the narrations when they used to forget. The Prophet ﷺ once said, "Whoever spreads his garment till I have finished my present speech and then gathers it to himself, will remember whatever I will say." So, I spread my coloured garment which I was wearing till the Messenger of Allah ﷺ had finished his saying, and then I gathered it to my chest. So, I did not forget any of that narrations.”

Tune in for the next part in this lecture and be mesmerized by the greatness of this companion and narrator of Hadith.


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