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In a continuation of the previous video, Shaykh Yasir elucidates in great detail the incidents that led to the defamation of Abu Hurayrah RA and attempts to clarify the common misconceptions one may have.

Abu Hurayrah became an emissary of sorts in no time because of his utmost dedication and devotion to the Prophet ﷺ. He was given the responsibility of breaking the news to the people that no Mushrik will perform Hajj after the conquest of Mecca. He also accompanied the Prophet ﷺ pretty much everywhere he went and also participated in battles.

Once  Abu Hurayrah RA asked the Prophet ﷺ: “O Messenger of Allah SAW, who will be the most fortunate of people to receive your intercession on the Day of Resurrection?” The Prophet ﷺ replied: “O Abu Hurayra, I knew, because of your love of what I say, that no one other than you would ask me of this hadith. The most fortunate of people to receive my intercession on the Day of Resurrection are those who said: La ilaha illallah purely and sincerely - with Ikhlas -from the heart.”

Abu Hurayrah RA narrates that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: "Whoever attributes to me something that I have not said, let him take his place in Hell.'"

Abu Hurayrah also narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said, "A believer who accompanies the Janazah of a Muslim out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's reward and remains with it till the Janazah is offered and the burial ceremonies are over, he will return with a reward of two Qirats. Each Qirat is like the size of the Mount Uhud. “

His most famous students were  Mohammed Ibn Sireen and Sa’d Ibn Mus'ayb RA. Such was the stature of Abu Hurayrah RA that he was the one who performed the Salat Janaza of both Aisha RA and Umme Salamah RA.

Abu Hurayrah RA mentions that were it not for the Qur’anic revelation, I would not have narrated any Hadith which is - ‘Indeed, those who conceal the clear signs and guidance that We have sent down, after We have made them clear to the people in the Book, they, such of them, are cursed by Allah and cursed by those who curse.’

He was always saddened by his mother being a mushrik and  longed for her to become a Muslim but she vehemently refused. One day, she made some negative remarks about the Prophet ﷺ which saddened him greatly and he went to the Prophet ﷺ who said to him:

"What makes you cry, O Abu Hurairah?""I have not succeeded in inviting my mother to Islam and today i ask you to do dua to Allah SWT to make the heart of Abu Hurairah mother incline to Islam."Rasulullah ﷺ  responded to Abu Hurairah request and did as was requested of him.

After some time, he went home and found the door closed. He heard the splashing of water and when he tried to enter his mother said, 'Stay where you are, O Abu Hurairah.' And after putting on her clothes, she said, 'Enter!' he entered and she said, 'I testify that there is no Allah but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.'he then returned to Rasulullah ﷺ and said, 'I have good news, O Messenger of Allah ﷺ. Allah has responded to your prayer and guided the mother of Abu Hurairah to Islam.' "

There is none among the companions of the Prophet ﷺ who has narrated more Hadiths than Abu Hurairah RA except 'Abdullah bin Amr bin Al-'As who used to write them and Abu Hurairah never did the same - instead he memorized them - so he had more to his credit.

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