Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallaho anho) in a State
Once, Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallaho anho) after wiping his
nose with piece of fine linen remarked to himself:
"Look at Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallaho anho)! He cleans
his nose with fine linen, today. I remember the time when he used
to lie down between the pulpit and the Prophet's house. People
took him to be suffering from epilepsy and put their feet on his
neck. But there was no other malady with him, other than spasms
Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallaho anho) had to remain hungry for
days together. At times, he was overpowered with hunger so much
that he fell unconscious, and people mistook this as attacks of
epilepsy. It seems that in those days they treated epilepsy by placing
a foot on the neck of the patient.
Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallaho anho) is one of those people
who suffered from extremes of want and poverty in the early days
of Islam. He however, saw better days in later years when Muslim
conquests followed in succession. He was very pious, and loved very
much to say the Nafl Salaat.
He had with him a bag full of date-stones. He used these stones
for his Zikr. When the bag was exhausted, his maid filled it again
with date-stones. Somebody was always busy in Salaat in his house
during the night; his wife and his servant taking turns with him
in the prayers.
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