There was a great Sahabi known as Abu Hurairah. This was not his real name but was a title given to him which means ‘father of the kitten’. When he was younger, he would often be seen playing with a kitten and was very fond of cats.
Abu Hurairah was one of the first people from his tribe to accept Islam. However, as many of the people from his tribe began to accept Islam, his mother refused. He would meet his mother many times and would encourage her to accept Islam.
One day he went to meet his mother and again he asked her to accept Islam. She refused and Abu Hurairah went away very disappointed. Our Prophet (pbuh) saw the tears in Abu Hurairah’s eyes and asked him why he was so sad.
Abu Hurairah told our Prophet (pbuh) that his mother refused to accept Islam. Abu Hurairah then asked our Prophet (pbuh) if he would pray for his mother that she accept Islam and become a Muslim.
When Abu Hurairah got home, the door was locked so he waited until he got permission to enter the house. His mother said, “ I declare that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”
Abu Hurairah was delighted that his mother accepted Islam. Many years later, after our Prophet (pbuh) had passed away, he stayed close to his mother’s house. When ever he would pass his mothers house or enter it, he would always say, “Peace be upon you, O my mother, and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.”
She would reply, “And peace be upon you my son, and Allah’s mercy and his blessings.” Abu Hurairah would say, “May Allah have mercy upon you as you raised me when I was a child.” She would answer, ”May Allah have mercy on you as you were dutiful to me when I became old”
He was respected by the whole Muslim community for his dedication to learning and teaching the people about Islam.
After our Prophet (pbuh) passed away, the leaders would speak to him and ask him for his advise in many matters. He was eeven given many positions of responsibility.
Every morning Abu Hurairah would get up and the first person he would go to meet would be his mother. He would go to her house and would greet her. He would say, “ O m y mother, peace be upon you and may the blessings