Aug 25, 2014

With legs heavier than Uhud

by Afsha Ibrahim


He was the keeper of secrets of the Messenger of Allah salAllaahu alaihi wasallam. He was the carrier of the Prophet’s salAllaahu alaihi wasallam pillow, chewing stick, shoes and water for purification during journey.

He wore the best of clothes and had the best of smell. He was slim and had thin legs. He was a pious Imaam, one of the most learned of the Ummah. He resembled the Prophet most with regard to his guidance and manner.

He was one of the first few people to accept Islam and one of the most outstanding of men. He was Abu AbdurRahman Al-Hadhali, Al-Makki Al Muhajiri, Al-Badri aka Abdullah bin Mas’ud.

His Knowledge and Virtue

Abu Mas’ud Al Badri said: “I do not know whether Allah’s Messenger has left after him having better knowledge (of the Book of Allah) than the man who is standing (i.e. Ibn Mas’ud).”(Sahih al-Bukhari, Muslim)

Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud radiAllahu anhu possessed deep insight into the meaning of the Qur'an, its method of recitation, and the causes of revelation of its verses. He himself stated: 
"By the One besides Whom there is no Lord, there is no chapter revealed in the Book of Allah, except that I am the most knowledgeable one regarding where it was revealed. There is no verse from the Book of Allah that has been revealed, except that I am the most knowledgeable one regarding the circumstances of its revelations. If I were to learn of anyone possessing more knowledge than me of the Book of Allah who was within reach of a camel's journey, I would mount it (to visit him)." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Muslim) 

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, who reported: When the Verse: “Those who believe and do righteous deeds, there is no sin on them…: (Madinah: 93) was revealed, the Messenger of Allah said to me: “You are amongst them.”(Sahih Muslim, Sahih Tirmidi)

It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) also said: "Learn from four people: 'Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud, Salim the slave of Abu Hudhayfa, Ubay ibn Ka'b, and Mu'adh ibn Jabal radiAllahu anhum." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sunan al-Tirmidhi) 

His Sermon

Insight into his person can be gained not only by his character but also the wisdom that he leaves behind. Ibn Mas’ud’s sermons were not merely words but showcased an imminent reality of life. Below is a fine example of one of his many ingenuous and meek sermons.

Amr ibn Thabit narrated that `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud said in one of his sermons:

“Surely the most truthful speech is the Book of Allah; 
the firmest handhold is the statement of Taqwa, the best religion is the religion of Ibrahim, 
the best traditions is the tradition of Muhammad, the best of guidance is the guidance of Prophet, the most honorable speech is the remembrance of Allah, the best of stories are in the Quran, 
the best of manner is one with good consequence, the worst of affairs are the innovated ones. 

Wealth that is small but sufficient is better than the one that is plenty but makes one heedless. 
The worst excuse is the one given when death arrives. 
The worst of regrets is that of the Day of Judgment. 
The worse of misguidance is that of being misguided having been previously guided. 
Temptation about women is the rope of Satan; teenage heralds the growing up of arrogance and folly. In fact, to lie is the greatest sin; to insult a believer is an act of insolence; 
and to fight a believer is apostasy. 

The sanctity of the property of a believer is as sacred as his life; one who pardons the sins of others, Allah will forgive him his sins, and one who swallows his anger, Allah will reward him, one who forgives others, Allah will forgive him, and one who bears his adversity, Allah will reward him aplenty. 

The most evil of earnings is money made of usury (Riba) and accumulation of interest; 
the worst of food is to eat up the inheritance of orphan. 
The luckiest of people is one who takes heed of the reason behind others’ misfortunes; 
and the unlucky is thus conceived in the womb of his mother. 

The results of one’s actions will expose his initial intention; the worst story is a lie; 
the best death is that of a martyr; one who knows the value of adversities will bear them, 
and one who does not understand that will question the reason behind them. 
Allah the Most High will surely bring an arrogant person to humiliation. 
Whosoever vies to capture the world will reach a dead end, and whosoever obeys Satan would have disobeyed Allah the Most High, and finally, whosoever disobeys Allah the Most High will be punished in hell-fire.”

He was appointed as the judge of Kufah and was in charge of the treasury during the time of Umar and the beginning of the rule of Uthman. Soon after in the year 32 AH, close to the age of 70, his soul went back to the creator of souls to abide therewith. 

“Verily, the Muttaqun (pious), will be in the midst of gardens and rivers; in the seat of truth, near the Omnipotent King.” (Al Qamar: 54-55)

His virtues are copious and he reports treasures of knowledge. Farewell, our great Imaam and Leader. 

Narrated by Ali bin Abi Talib: 
“One day Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud climbed a tree and his legs became visible. His legs were very skinny, so the Sahaba started laughing. The Prophet asked:"What are you laughing at?" We said: "We laugh at his skinny legs, O messenger of Allah". The Prophet said: "By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! His legs will be heavier on the Meezaan (on the Day of Judgment) than Mount Uhud.” 
(Ahmad in Al-Musnad)

And it is only his legs that are being spoken of here. Subhan Allah.

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Sa’d Yusuf A.A. (2009). Men and Women around the Prophet. Riyad: Darussalam.


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