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Listening Is Better Sometimes.. (Hadith No. 113)


Listening is better sometimes. In some cases, most of the times. Abu Hurairah (RA) was a very authentic narrator of the Prophet (SAW)’s Ahadith. He spent a lot of time with the Prophet (SAW) himself. Read more about him here.

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 113:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

There is none among the companions of the Prophet who has narrated more Hadiths than I except ‘Abdallah bin Amr (bin Al-‘As) who used to write them and I never did the same.

Abu Huraira (RA) had memorized and narrated 5300 Ahadith. And Abdullah bin ‘Amr had narrated 700 only. This was the humbleness of Abu Huraira (RA) that he thought Ibn ‘Amr knew more than him. Another example of his humility:

“I grew up as an orphan. I emigrated as a poor person. I used to serve Gazevan’s daughter, Bushra. I served others when they stopped on the road. I drove the camels on the road. Then Allah made it possible for me to marry Bushra. Praise be to Allah who has strengthened His religion and made me an imam (leader).”

Anyway, notice that Abu Huraira (RA) mentions that other companions used to write the Ahadith but he himself never did so. He memorized so many Ahadith by only listening. Listening. And that’s what we’re discussing today.

When we’re listening to someone, do we really pay attention to them? Are we ‘only’ listening to them or are some other things going on in our minds? We need to know the key to effective listening. Get it here.

To be able to utilize this power of listening and not always rely on writing everything down, we’ve got to practice and polish our skill. Try to memorize something by just listening. Trust your memory for that matter. Take the risk. You might make a discovery! ;)


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