Saiyyidina Abdullah bin Masud was very close to RasoolAllah ﷺ, RasoolAllah ﷺ used to ask Abdullah bin Masood to deliver a sermon. Abdullah ibn Masud is one of the greatest Companions who has narrated the most Hadees from RasoolAllah ﷺ. Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud & his Mother (ibn Ummi) used to visit the blessed house of RasoolAllahﷺ that the Companions used to think Abdullah bin Masud & His mother are part of the Ahl e Bait (Alaihi Salaam).
Hazrat Imam Abu Daud Tyalasi (RadiAllahu Anhu) narrated the event of the faith of Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud (RadiAllahu Anhu), in his own words;
In my youth, I used to graze herds of Abu Mu’ayt in the outskirts of Makkah. One day, the Holy Prophetﷺ along with Hazrat Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu Anhu) called upon me and said, “O young man! Would you please favour us with some milk to drink?” “I have the milk.” I said, “but I am not to give it to you, for I am trustee over it and I dare not commit a mistrust.” The Holy Prophetﷺ asked as if there was an untouched she-goat with me.
I replied yes and then I brought the one Heﷺ asked for. Hazrat Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu Anhu) got hold of its rope and whilst praying to Allah (S.W.T), Holy Prophetﷺ held its udder in his blessed Hands. The udder immediately filled with milk.
Beloved Prophetﷺ milked the she-goat and gave us the milk to drink. We drank milk first and then the Prophetﷺ. When we all filled our stomachs, Holy Prophetﷺ enjoined the udder to shrink and it shrank back as before.
Witnessing the miracle, I embraced Islam and requested the Holy Prophetﷺ to teach me. Rasoolullahﷺ turned his hand over my head saying, “Allah bless you, you shall be an educated and learned youth.”
By the blessings of the Holy Prophetﷺ, Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud (RadiAllahu Anhu) excelled in learning amongst all the Companions of the Beloved Prophetﷺ.
He (RadiAllahu Anhu) was allowed to appear before the Holy Prophet ﷺ whenever he wanted. He (RadiAllahu Anhu) was also blessed to have served the beloved Prophetﷺ. Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud (RadiAllahu Anhu) used to hold the curtain when the Holy Prophet ﷺ bathed, he helped him to put on and take off his blessed Shoes (Na’lain Paak). Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud (RadiAllahu Anhu) also used to keep the Holy Prophetﷺ’s shoes under his (RadiAllahu Anhu) armpit when the Holy Prophetﷺ took them off. He would carry hisﷺ staff and his Siwak (toothbrush) and attend to his other personal needs. It was for these reasons that the Sahabah (RadiAllahu Anhum) took to calling him Saheb-e-Siwak (bearer of the siwak), Saheb-e-Nalaen (bearer of the slippers), Saheb-e-Mutahara (bearer of the water) and also Saheb-e-Wisadah (bearer of the bedroll).
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (RadiAllahu Anhu) received a unique training in the household of the Prophetﷺ. He was under the guidance of the Prophetﷺ, he adopted his manner and followed his every trait until it was said of him, “He was the closest to the Prophetﷺ in character.”
Holy Prophetﷺ also gave Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud (RadiAllahu Anhu) the glad tiding of being delivered, (i.e. being Janathi).
(Al-Syrat-ul-Halbia, Vol.I,p.266 and Al-Syrat-ul-Nabuwat, Ibn-e-Kathir, Vol. I, p.444
- Hazrat Hudhaifa (RadiAllahu Anhu) narrates RasoolAllah ﷺ said:
“Whatever Abdullah ibn Masud narrates to you, accept it”
(Jamia Tirmidhi, Kitab ul ilm, Volume 2, Page 1124 Hadith 1044)
- Narrated Abu Musa (RadiAllahu Anhu):
“My brother and I came from Yemen (to Medina) and remained for some time, thinking that Ibn Masud and his mother belonged to the family of the Prophet because of their frequent entrance (upon the Prophet) and their being attached to him.”
(Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 667 )
- ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (RadiAllahu Anhu) said: The Messenger of Allahﷺ commanded Ibn Mas’ood, so he climbed a tree to get something from the tree top for the Prophetﷺ. While climbing, his legs became exposed and the Companions saw how thin they were and this caused them to laugh. The Messenger of Allahﷺ said:
What are you laughing at? At the legs of ‘Abdullah that will heavier on the scale on the Day of Qiyaamah than the weight of mount Uhud?
(Musnad Ahmad, Abi Ya’la, Mu’jam al-Tabarani)
- Narrated by Masriq (RadiAllahu Anhu)
‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr mentioned ‘Abdullah bin Masud and said, “I shall ever love that man, for I heard the Prophet saying, ‘Take (learn) the Qur’an from four: ‘Abdullah bin Masud, Salim, Mu’adh and Ubai bin Ka’b.’ ”
(Volume 6, Book 61, Number 521 )