Abu Hurayrah – Sahaabah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH – Peace Be Upon Him)

The Sahaabah were the companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). “Millions of Muslims from the early history of Islam to the present have come to be familiar with the name Abu Hurayrah, Radiyallahu anhu (May Allah Be Pleased with him). In speeches and lectures, in Friday khutbahs (sermons) and seminars, in the books of hadith (sayings of the Prophet) and sirah (biographies), fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and ibadah (worship), the name Abu Hurayrah is mentioned in this fashion: “On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may God be pleased with him who said: The Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, said….”
Abu Hurayrah became a Muslim at the hands of at-Tufayl ibn Amr, the chieftain of the Daws tribe to which he belonged. The Daws lived in the region of Tihamah, which stretches along the coast of the Red Sea in southern Arabia. When at-Tufayl returned to his village after meeting the Prophet (PBUH) and becoming a Muslim in the early years of his mission, Abu Hurayrah was one of the first to respond to his call. He was unlike the majority of the Daws, who remained stubborn in their old beliefs for a long time.
Abu Hurayrah stayed in Tihamah for several years and it was only at the beginning of the seventh year of the Hijrah that he arrived in Madinah with others of his tribe. Being destitute, Abu Hurayrah took up his place in the Masjid with other of the Ahl as- Suffah. With him however was his mother who was still a mushrik (a person who rejects Al-Islam). He longed and prayed for her to become a Muslim, but she adamantly refused. One day, he invited her to have faith in God alone and follow His Prophet (PBUH), but she uttered some words about the Prophet (PBUH), which saddened him greatly. With tears in his eyes, he went to the noble Prophet (PBUH), who said to him: “What makes you cry, O Abu Hurayrah?” He said, “I have not let up in inviting my mother to Islam, but she has always rebuffed me. Today, I invited her again and I heard words from her which I do not like. Do make supplication to God Almighty to make the heart of Abu Hurayrah’s mother incline to Islam.” The Prophet (PBUH) responded to Abu Hurayrah’s request and prayed for his mother. Abu Hurayrah said: “I went home and found the door closed. I heard the splashing of water and when I tried to enter, my mother said: “Stay where you are, O Abu Hurayrah.” And after putting on her clothes, she said, “Enter!” I entered and she said: “I testify that there is no god but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.”
“I returned to the Prophet, peace be on him, weeping with joy just as an hour before I had gone weeping from sadness and said: “I have good news, O Messenger of Allah. God has responded to your prayer and guided the mother of Abu Hurayrah to Islam.”

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