ZS35:AK28 Maqam Abu Hurairah ra

The tomb of Abu Hurairah Radiyallah hu anhu (ra) was the 28th tomb, the last tomb of many prominent peoples that we had visited in Syria. It is located inside the well-known Souq Hamiddy, about 10 meters on the right hand side from the west side entrance of the Souq. A small masjid is built to ensure his Maqam or tomb is well managed and remembered by all Muslims globally. We went there at about 13:15 hours after we performed our prayers at one of the Masjid near our hotel at Merjeh.
Abu Hurairah ra also known as `Abd al-Rahman ibn Sakhr Al-Azdi (603 – 681) was born in Baha, Yemen into the Banu Daws tribe from the region of Tihamah on the coast of the Red Sea. His father had died, leaving him with only his mother and no other relatives. His name at birth was Abd al-Shams (servant of the sun). However, as a child, he had a cat and became known as "Abu Hurairah", which literally means "Father of the Kitten" or more idiomatically "Of the kitten"He was one of the popular companions of Prophet Muhammad saw (peace be upon him) and the great narrator of al Hadith most quoted in the isnad by Muslims.
According to reliable source, Abu Hurairah ra embraced Islam through Tufayl ibn Amr the chieftain of his tribe. Tufayl had returned to his village after meeting Prophet Muhammad saw (peace b upon him) and become a Muslim in the early years of his mission. Abu Hurairah ra was one of the first to respond to his call, unlike the majority of Tufayl's tribesmen.
Subsequenetly, he accompanied Tufayl to Mecca to meet Prophet Muhammad saw (peace be upon him) who renamed him Abd al-Rahman (servant of the Merciful, one of the 99 beautiful names of Allah swt).
He had a wife named Bushra; the proof of this is in Fadi'l Aa'mal. His mother, who was still a polytheist, was with him. He prayed for her to become a Muslim, but she refused. One day, he again invited his mother to believe in the One God and His Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him). She answered with some bad words about the Prophet of Allah (Peace be upon him). Abu Hurairah ra went to the Prophet Muhammad saw (peace be upon him) with tears in his eyes. “Why are you crying, Abu Hurairah?” asked the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him). “I always invite my mother to Islam, and she always refuses,” said Abu Hurairah. “I asked her again today. But she said some things about you that made me sad. Can you pray to Allah swt for her to turn to Islam?” Prophet Muhammad saw (peace be upon him) prayed for Abu Hurairah’s mother to accept Islam. When Abu Hurairah went home, he found the door closed. He heard the splashing of water. He tried to enter the house, but his mother said, “Wait a minute. Don’t come in yet.” Then she got dressed and said, “You can come in now.” When Abu Hurairah ra went inside, his mother said, “I declare that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad saw (peace be upon him) is His Servant and Messenger.” Abu Hurairah again went to the Prophet crying. But this time his tears were tears of joy. “I have good news ya Rasul Allah,” he said. “Allah swt has answered your prayer and guided my mother to Islam.”
As a young man, he worked for Bushra bint Ghazwan. Through this phrase millions of Muslims from the early history of Islam to the present have come to be familiar with the name Abu Hurairah ra. In speeches and lectures, in Friday khutbahs and seminars, in the books of hadith and sirah, fiqh and ibadah, the name Abu Hurairah ra is mentioned in this fashion:
"On the authority of Abu Hurairah ra, who said: The Messenger of Allah saw (peace be upon him) said; ...."
Many companions were amazed at the number of hadiths he had memorized and often questioned him on when he had heard a certain hadith and under what circumstances.
Once Marwan ibn Al-Hakam ra wanted to test Abu Hurairah ra’s power of memory. He sat with him in one room and behind a curtain he placed a scribe, unknown to Abu Hurairah ra, and ordered him to write down whatever Abu Hurairah ra said. A year later, Marwan ra called Abu Hurairah again ra and asked him to recall the same hadiths which the scribe had recorded. It was found that he had not forgotten a single word.