14 Nov The Companions who narrated the most hadiths
There is no definite knowledge about the number of the Companions who were alive when the Prophet (pbuh) died but it is stated that the number is more than 100.000. For instance, 40.000 Companions took part in Farewell Hajj and 70.000 Companions took part in the Expedition of Tabuk. Imam Shafii says there are 60.000 Companions who saw the Prophet (pbuh) and reported hadiths from him. However, the names of the Companions who died beforehand and those who went to distant places during the conquest of Makkah could not be recorded fully. The person to record the most Companions is Ibn Hajar; he recorded 11.783 names in his book al-Isaba.
· Abu Hurayrah (R.A.) is in the first place with his narration of 5 thousand, three hundred and seventy four hadiths. And about 800 people (rawis) reported hadiths from him.
· Abdullah bin Umar (R.A.) is in the second place with his narration of 2 thousand, six hundred and thirty hadiths.
· Anas bin Malik (R.A.) narrated 2 thousand, two hundred and eighty-six hadiths from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
· Hz. Aisha (R.A.) narrated 2 thousand, two hundred and ten hadiths from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
· Abdullah bin Abbas (R.A.) narrated 1660 hadiths from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
· Jabir bin Abdullah (R.A.) narrated 1540 hadiths from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
· Abu Said al Khudri (R.A.) narrated 1170 hadiths from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
There are 200 and according to another riwayah 300 Abdullahs among the Companions. The four of them are famous as “al-‘Aba`dila al-Arba’a” which means “The Four Abdullahs”. These are: Abdullah bin Abbas, Abdullah bin Umar, Abdullah bin Zubayr and Abdullah bin Amr bin As (R.A.). After the death of the prophet (PBUH), the opinions of these Companions were taken for the solution of many problems. The subject matters that they agreed on are called “Qawl al-Abadila”.
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