What was Abu Hurayrah's name before Islam and what was his name after Islam? Why is his name Abu Hurayrah?
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The scholars differed in opinion about the name of Abu Hurayrah before Islam and after he became a Muslim. The well-known opinion of the scholars is that his name was 'Abd Shams in the pre-Islamic era of ignorance, and his name after he became a Muslim was Abdur-Rahmaan. He was nicknamed Abu Hurayrah because he was seen carrying a cat with him. It is also said that it was the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, who gave him this nickname. However, a narration reported by At-Tirmithi states that it was his family who gave him this name.
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