True Dedication (Hadith No. 118)
We all have something in our lives that we work for. Something we dedicate our time and efforts to. Obviously the reason is different for everybody. Some work for the worldly benefits, and some for the religious ones (related to the Hereafter). And generally, there’s a huge difference between the levels of dedication between these groups. Abu Huraira (RA) dedicated all his time towards gaining knowledge. He didn’t have any source of income and he survived for years without it. And that gave him the high rank in Hadith Sciences that he has now.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
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.
Lesson: Success comes with sacrifice.