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Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was from Makkah al-Mukarramah but spent most of his time as a shepard outside the city. He was still a youth when he accepted Islam and devoted himself to the personal service of the Messenger of Allah (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Through this close companionship, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (radi Allahu ‘anhu) had aunique oppurtunity to study under the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

He was the first of the companions to recite the Qur’an aloud in the gatherings of Quraysh. They would beat him severely for doing so, but this would never dampen his courage. It was Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (radi Allahu ‘anhu) who dealt the fatal blow to Abu Jahl during the battle of Badr.

Being the best of companions in the recitation of the Qur’an, he was one of the most learned scholars of this Ummah. Refusing to accept his stipend from the central treasury, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (radi Allahu ‘anhu) passed away during the Capliphate of Sayyiduna ‘Uthman al-Ghani (radi Allahu ‘anhu). He was burried in al-Baqi, a famous graveyard in Madinah al-Munawwarah.

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