Abū Hurayra
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Abū Hurayra (d. 57/678, 58/679, or 59/680 at about seventy-eight years of age) was a famous Companion of the prophet Muḥammad, generally known by his agnomen “father of the kitten,” alluding to his love for a pet he had. He hailed from the South Arabian tribe of Daws. He is celebrated among Muslims for reputedly passing on more sayings and actions of Muḥammad, laid down in ḥadīth, than any other Companion. Prophetic traditions traced back via him run into the thousands: in Tuḥfat al-ashrāf bi-maʿrifat al-aṭrāf, by al-Mizzī, his output that has found a place in any of the canonic…

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Juynboll, G. H. A., “Abū Hurayra”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0175>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161634, 2007, 2007-2

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