Mirza Ghulam Ahmad hated Abu Hurairah and even called him a ghabi, since MGA couldn’t accept his commentary on 4:159 and the physical return of Eisa (As). Abu Hurairah was a companion of Muhammad (saw), a very famous companion indeed. He narrated more hadith than anyone in the history of Islam. It should be noted that Abu Hurayrah spent 2 years 3 months approximately in the company of Muhammad and went on expeditions and journeys with him. He is credited with narrating at least 5,374 Ahadith (see the noted of Imam Bukhari in his famous collection). In fact, most of the sahih hadith in terms of the return of Eisa (As) come from Abu Hurairah. In contrast to Hurairah, Prophet Muhammad’s closest companions are credited with far less hadith; Abu Bakr is credited with 142 hadith, Uthman ibn Affan with 146, Umar ibn Khattab with 537, Aisha with 2210, and Ali ibn Abi Talib with no more than 586 hadith.
MGA proved this to be true in 1891 as he claimed that sahih hadith told that the Messiah/Mahdi would come in the 14th century.
MGA and his team of writers had also written in 1900-1902, via Tuhfa-e-Ghaznaviyyah, that all the companions were fools (nadaan), even Umar (ra)(astagfarullah), and this was because they all believed that Eisa (as) was alive in heaven (see Al-Milal wa al-Nihal) until Abu Bakr made his famous comment. It should also be noted that in Braheen e Ahmadiyya Vol. 5 (published after MGA died in 1908), MGA claimed that the beliefs of Abu Hurraira (ra) would lead Muslims to shirk.
Nevertheless, in the below, we have posted hadith from Abu Hurrairah wherein he relates that Muhammad (Saw) said to Muslims that in the latter days, many liars will appear who will quote hadith that have never been quoted before or simply don’t exist.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Mishkat al-Masabih 154
Abu Huraira reported God’s messenger as saying, “In the last days there will be lying dajjals who will bring you traditions of which neither you nor your fathers have heard, so beware of them. They will neither lead you astray nor seduce you.”
Muslim transmitted it.
وَعَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «يَكُونُ فِي آخِرِ الزَّمَانِ دَجَّالُونَ كَذَّابُونَ يَأْتُونَكُمْ مِنَ الْأَحَادِيثِ بِمَا لَمْ تَسْمَعُوا أَنْتُمْ وَلَا آبَاؤُكُمْ فَإِيَّاكُمْ وَإِيَّاهُمْ لَا يُضِلُّونَكُمْ وَلَا يَفْتِنُونَكُمْ» . . رَوَاهُ مُسلم
Sahīh (Zubair `Aliza’i)
صحیح (زبیر علی زئی)
: Mishkat al-Masabih 154
: Book 1, Hadith 147
Sahih Muslim 7
Harmalah bin Yahyā bin Abd Allah bin Harmalah bin Imrān at-Tujībī narrated to me, he said Ibn Wahb narrated to us, he said Abū Shurayh narrated to me that he heard Sharāhīl bin Yazīd saying ‘Muslim bin Yasār informed me that he heard Abā Hurayrah saying, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah upon him, said:
‘There will be in the end of time charlatan liars coming to you with narrations that you nor your fathers heard, so beware of them lest they misguide you and cause you tribulations’.’
وَحَدَّثَنِي حَرْمَلَةُ بْنُ يَحْيَى بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ حَرْمَلَةَ بْنِ عِمْرَانَ التُّجِيبِيُّ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ وَهْبٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو شُرَيْحٍ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ شَرَاحِيلَ بْنَ يَزِيدَ، يَقُولُ أَخْبَرَنِي مُسْلِمُ بْنُ يَسَارٍ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ، يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم “ يَكُونُ فِي آخِرِ الزَّمَانِ دَجَّالُونَ كَذَّابُونَ يَأْتُونَكُمْ مِنَ الأَحَادِيثِ بِمَا لَمْ تَسْمَعُوا أَنْتُمْ وَلاَ آبَاؤُكُمْ فَإِيَّاكُمْ وَإِيَّاهُمْ لاَ يُضِلُّونَكُمْ وَلاَ يَفْتِنُونَكُمْ ” .
: Sahih Muslim 7
: Introduction, Narration 15
Why did Abu Hurrairah narrate so many hadith?
Abu Hurairah (RA)’s large amount of narrations are due to multiple reasons working together. We have to also keep in mind the following statement by Abdullah ibn Umar (RA), the second highest narrator, vouching for Abu Hurairah’s hadith knowledge:
Ibn ‘Umar said to Abu Hurairah: “You used to stick to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) most out of all of us, and you used to best memorize his Ahadith out of us.” Tirmidhi
So, this is a list of some reasons:
- Abu Hurairah (RA) did not have a job or business during his time with the Prophet (SAW). He was one of the people of Saffah, so he spent most of his time in the mosque of the Prophet (SAW):
Narrated Abu Huraira: The people of As-Suffah were the guests of the people of Islam, they had nothing of people nor wealth to rely upon. And By Allah, the One Whom there is none worthy of worship besides Him – I would lay on the ground on my liver (side) due to hunger, And I would fasten a stone to my stomach out of hunger. (Tirmidhi)
He relied completely on the donations to survive. On the other hand, the other Sahaba had jobs and business to conduct for their sustenance. Abu Huraira (RA) simply sat and learned.
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