The following is a response to SlaveOfAhlubait’s article, entitled: “Abu Huraira Narrated Ahadeeth Different from what Prophet told Ayesha.” The article was published on Wilayat.net on the 23rd of July, 2011, and can be found here.
we find in authentic narration that
Ayesha once told urwa that are you not surprised by abu huraira that he came and started narrating ahadeeth from holy prophet asws while sitting near my home; and I was listening that, I was offering prayers then but he left before I could finish my prayers; had I found him I would have told him that holy prophet asws never narrated ahadeeth like he was narrating
1- musnad imam ahmad, urdu, vol 11, page 237-238, narration 25377 [translator has mentioned that it has been authenticated in sahih al bukhari (3568);; sahih al muslim (2493);; ibn haban (100 and 7153)
2- musnad imam ahmad, urdu, vol 11, page 339-340, narration 25754
The awful mistranslation is the culprit in this article. The narration actually says:
لم يكن يسرد الحديث كسردكم
This translates into: He did not narrate quickly and continuously in the same way that you narrate.
Indeed, this was known that the Prophet (salalahu alaihi wa salam) used to narrate shorts narrations and he would repeat narrations twice and three times in order to help the listeners to memorize. In other words, A’isha was criticizing the speed of Abi Huraira, and not the content of what he narrated.