WHY DO SOME PEOPLE CRITICIZE THE PROPHET’S (PBUH) COMPANION: ABU HURAIRA R.A.?

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This beloved companion of the Prophet, pbuh (Abu Huraira) , is under attack by the sectarians and others who wish to divide and weaken the Ummah by causing “doubt” and sowing hatred. Why?

Here are some reasons derived from an analytical study of the objections and investigation into the reliability and authenticity of what they have purported regarding Abu Huraira R.A.:

WHY DO THESE PEOPLE HATE ABU HURAIRA, r.a.?

  • For the sectarians there seems to be an element of jealousy (personal and projected) that Abu Huraira, r.a., came into the Islamic struggle in its final years and equalled, if not surpassed, most companions of the Prophet, pbuh, in many ways, and in particular in the narration of the Prophet’s Hadith. In examining the behavior of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) no such competitive jealousy or negativity is apparent at all.
  •  It is thus the base nature of the recent reviewers who have sown their petty feelings of competition in the blessed field of love and devotion that the companions had for each other and for our Prophet pbuh.
  • Abu Huraira, r.a., remained neutral in the conflict between Hazrat Ali and Ameer Muawiya as well as in the confrontation between Hazrat Ali and ‘Ayesha Siddiqa, r.a. Like Hasan,r.a., the elder son of Ali, r.a., Abu Huraira opposed the inter-Muslim conflicts.
  • The sectarians claim that Hazrat Ali spoke against Abu Huraira, r.a. In reviewing the literature both historical and of the hadith and seerah there is no such evidence. There are a couple of statements which appeared long after the two had passed away which have been erroneously and without sound authenticity attributed to Ali, r.a., against Abu Huraira. On close examination these are fabrications produced much after both Ali and Abu Huraira had passed away.
  • In the sectarian attack distributed by Syed Jarchavi, the person named Awan claims that Abu Huraira, r.a., was “hired” by Muawiyya. This is a figment of Awan’s imagination. Most modern readers would not know that during the rule of Ameer Muawiyya there was PEACE AND UNITY in the Muslim realm. Imam Hasan had made peace with Ameer Muawiyya and a spirit of cooperation existed among all segments of society. There was no question of anyone “hiring” Abu Huraira, r.a.

WHY ARE THE ANTI-HADITH PEOPLE AGAINST ABU HURAIRA, r.a.? 

The anti hadith people have a desire to break the Quran from the Sunnah and ride on their whims and inclinations. The Quran warns us of such inclinations and such people who argue against the obedience of Allah and obedience of His Rasool pbuh.

The actions of the anti hadith people may also have stemmed from a desire to create something new in the Deen to give it life by its “fresh interpretation”. Such self-proclaimed “scholars” have a tendency to announce something which has “shock value” just to get attention.

It is most unfortunate, because many others who are not scholars of Deen may be misled by the sensationalism that rides the wave of disrespect of the Quran and the Sunnah. This is at the heart of the problem of criticizing Abu Huraira RA.

OTHER REASONS:

  • For the anti-Hadith self-proclaimed scholars, Abu Huraira, r.a., may pose  a problem because he has narrated more Hadith of the Prophet, pbuh., than any other sahabi. 
Targeting him is a way to target most of the ahadiths recorded.
  • In their myopic view If Abu Huraira, r.a., could be discredited then a big chunk of Hadith could be discredited.

The anti-Hadith people are dishonest even in their critic of Abu Huraira and the Hadith:

Although they oppose Hadith and claim that they want the “Qur’an alone,” they turn around and relate some Hadith narrations in which they claim that ‘Ayesha, r.a., and Umar, r.a., looked critically at a few of Abu Huraira’s narrations. So they are antihadith but they quote hadith as being authentic to back their opinions.

Those who want to get rid of the Hadith and Sunnah and proclaim their own Sunnah over the Sunnah of the Prophet pbuh are using these couple of instances of discussion on a hadith to cast suspicion on Abu Huraira r.a and the hadith he related.

The impression these anti hadith people want to perpetrate is that ALL of Abu Huraira’s narrations should be suspected. This would in their eyes give them free license to pick whichever practices of our Deen that they desire and discard what they so desire.

 In the final analysis the Fear of Allah has left the hearts of those who manipulate the words of Allah and His Rasool pbuh and deceive and lure others into disobedience by making evil look innocent and vice versa.

We know from the Quran that all those who deliberately mislead others because of their inclinations or other reasons will not only suffer for their own disobedience but will be responsible for the disobedience perpetrated due to their misguidance of the Quran and Sunnah.

Allah knows best.

DUA:

courtesy: asqfish.wordpress.com

Astighfirullahi wa Atubu Alaik!

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About Kaukab Siddique PhD

Professor of English, World Literature and Journalism at Lincoln University. Research specialization in Women and Islam

11 responses to “WHY DO SOME PEOPLE CRITICIZE THE PROPHET’S (PBUH) COMPANION: ABU HURAIRA R.A.?”

  1. Muhammad Omar Ahmad Khan says :

    Dear Kaukab Siddiqui,

    asalamu alaikum

    I was reading the article on Hazrat Abu Hurera RA and your replies.
    Last month I saw Hazrat Abu Hurera RA in my dream, wearing a radiant white dress with a very long white beard. His face was very bright and white and he gave me a message, which I am reluctant to share publicly. If you are interested to know please coordinate on my email address momar_70@yahoo.com

    Kind regards

    Muhammad Omar Ahmad Khan

  2. Fareed says :

    I am far from anti hadith but theres something not right with Abu Hurairas hadith. Every time I hear a hadith that goes against Quran and hadith of other companions of the prophets it always happens to be Abu Hurairahs narrations. You seem to have grouped everyone anti that doesnt support Abu Hurairah. There is not a message from Adam(as) to Muhammed(saw) that says a man will come quoting Muhammed(saw) that you have to obey. There is no ayat in the nobel Quran that mentions we have to take what this man has to say. I for one reject anything and everything from Abu Hurairah. We can get 100% of the rulings and sunnah from hadith related consistaetly from other companions that surrounded the Prophet(saw). Hadith that do not contradict the Quran and put a bad light on other messengers of Allah.

    • Kaukab Siddique PhD says :

      Dear Br. Fareed
      asalamu alaikum

      I am glad that you are reading hadith. It’s the best way of understanding the Qur’an.
      I haven’t seen anything in Sahih Hadith which condradicts the Qur’an. In fact the hadith encourage Muslims to study the Qur’an.

      Please quote for me a hadith from Abu Huraira, r.a., which goes against the Qur’an. Abu Huraira, r.a., was one of the greatest companions of the Prophet, r.a. The Hadith he narrates are beautiful and sublime.

      Here is a hadith he narrated which connects directly with the Qur’an:

      Abu Huraira said, “I heard Allah’s messenger saying, ‘The reward of a prayer in congregation is twenty five times greater than that of a prayer offered by a person alone. The angels of the night and the angels of the day gather at the time of Fajr prayer.’ ” Abu Huraira then added, “Recite the Holy Book if you wish, for “Indeed, the recitation of the Qur’an in the early dawn (Fajr prayer) is ever witnessed.” (17.18).

      As you may know, the famous hadith about the superiority of the mother is narrated by Abu Huraira, r.a

      Here are some facts about Abu Huraira, r.a., and his close connection to the Prophet, pbuh:
      https://hadithandwomen.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/who-was-abu-huraira-r-a/
      Inshallah you will be inspired when you read his life history.

    • Mohammad says :

      can you prove your statement? Give me some hadiths from Abu hurairah that contradict the Qur’an? Thank you

      • Kaukab Siddique PhD says :

        ASA brother Mohammad, which statement are you writing about? There is nothing in the article that says that Abu Hurairah (RA) contradicts the Quran. Is there?
        JazaikAllah hu Khairan!

  3. Bob Othman says :

    Great and enlightening stuff. jazakallah

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