Zayd ibn Thâbit (radiyallahu ta’ala ‘anhu) said: “While I, Abû Hurayra, and a third man were in the mosque one day, supplicating Allâh Most High and remembering our Lord, the Prophet (salallahu ‘alahi wasallam) came out to us and sat with us. When he sat we became silent. He said: ‘Continue what you were doing.’ So I supplicated, then my friend, before Abû Hurayra, while the Prophet (salallahu ‘alahi wasallam) said Amin to our supplication. Then Abû Hurayra supplicated saying: ‘O Allâh! I ask you all that my two friends asked of you and I ask you for knowledge that shall not be forgotten.’ The Messenger of Allâh (salallahu ‘alahi wasallam) said Amin. We said: ‘Messenger of Allâh! We, too, ask for knowledge that shall not be forgotten.’ He said: ‘The boy from Daws asked for it before you!’”
Abu Hurairah (radiyallahu ta’ala ‘anhu) narrates that “I said: ‘Messenger of Allâh, truly I hear from you many hadiths which I forget.’ The Prophet (salallahu ‘alahi wasallam) said: ‘Spread your cloak.’ I spread my cloak and the Prophet (salallahu ‘alahi wasallam) made a scooping gesture with his hands, then said: ‘Wear it.’ I wore it, and I never forgot a thing thereafter.”
Abu Huraira (radiyallahu ta’ala ‘anhu) narrates that: People say that I have narrated many Hadiths (The Prophet’s narrations). Had it not been for two verses in the Qur’an, I would not have narrated a single Hadith, and the verses are:
“Verily those who conceal the clear sign and the guidance which We have sent down . . . (up to) Most Merciful.” (2:159-160). And no doubt our Muhajir (emigrant) brothers used to be busy in the market with their business (bargains) and our Ansari brothers used to be busy with their property (agriculture). But I (Abu Huraira) used to stick to Allah’s Apostle contented with what will fill my stomach and I used to attend that which they used not to attend and I used to memorize that which they used not to memorize.
Abu Huraira (radiyallahu ta’ala ‘anhu) narrates: I enjoyed the company of Allah’s Apostle for three years, and during the other years of my life, never was I so anxious to understand the (Prophet’s) traditions as I was during those three years. I heard him saying, beckoning with his hand in this way, “Before the Hour you will fight with people who will have hairy shoes and live in Al-Bariz.” (Sufyan, the sub-narrator once said, “And they are the people of Al-Bazir.”)
Abu Huraira (radiyallahu ta’ala ‘anhu) narrates: The people used to say, “Abu Huraira narrates too many narrations.” In fact I used to keep close to Allah’s Apostle and was satisfied with what filled my stomach. I ate no leavened bread and dressed no decorated striped clothes, and never did a man or a woman serve me, and I often used to press my belly against gravel because of hunger, and I used to ask a man to recite a Qur’anic Verse to me although I knew it, so that he would take me to his home and feed me. And the most generous of all the people to the poor was Ja’far bin Abi Talib. He used to take us to his home and offer us what was available therein. He would even offer us an empty folded leather container (of butter) which we would split and lick whatever was in it.