Seven of the Companions narrated over a thousand,
Ahaadeeth from the chosen, best of mankind.
Abu Hurayrah, Sa’d, Jaabir and Anas,
Siddeeqah, ibn ‘Abbaas and likewise ibn ‘Umar.
These seven can be memorized with the following poem:
سبع من الصحب فوق الألف قد نقلوا
من الحديث عن المختار خير مضـر
أبو هريـرة، سعـد، جابـر، أنـس
صديقة، وابن عباس، كذا ابن عمـر
They are [in order of number of narrations]:
- Abu Hurayrah, the most of them in Hadeeth, he narrated 5374 Ahaadeeth.
- ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar, he narrated 2630 Ahaadeeth.
- Anas ibn Maalik, he narrated 2286 Ahaadeeth.
- ‘Aa-isha, the mother of the believers, she narrated 2210 Ahaadeeth.
- ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Abbaas, he narrated 1660 Ahaadeeth.
- Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullaah, he narrated 1540 Ahaadeeth.
- Abu Sa’eed al Khudree [who is Sa’d ibn Maalik], who narrated 1170 Ahaadeeth.
Abu Hurayrah – may Allaah be pleased with him – was not accused of lies and other such false allegations except by the heads of the people of desires past and present. Their supposed evidence are either fabricated or weak narrations, or authentic narrations that they have misunderstood and misconstrued falsely to suit their desires.
A number of scholars have stepped forward to refute their accusations, at the head of them was Abu Hurayrah himself, followed by the most notable companions, their successors, and the Imaams of the Muslims after them. Amongst them; Al Haakim in ‘Al Mustadrak’, Ibn ‘Asaakir in ‘at Tareekh’, Ibn Katheer in ‘al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah’, Ibn Qutaybah in ‘Ta-weel Mukhtalaf al Hadeeth’, ‘Abdul Mun’im Saaleh in ‘Difaa’ ‘an Abu Hurayrah’ amongst others.