`Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (رضي الله عنه) was from Makkah but spent most of his time as a shepherd outside the city. He was still a youth when he accepted Islam and devoted himself to the personal service of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, peace be upon him.
Through his close Companionship, `Abdullah had a unique opportunity to study under the Prophet, peace be upon him.
"Whoever wants to read the Qur'an as fresh as it was revealed, let him read according to the recitation of Ibn Umm `Abd" (Abdullah) - Messenger of Allah.He was the first of the Companions to recite the Qur'an aloud in the gatherings of the Quraysh tribes. They would beat him severely for doing so, but this would never dampen his courage.
It was `Abdullah who dealt the fatal blow to Abu Jahl (the Prophet's uncle, 'father of ignorance') during the battle of Badr.
Being one of the best of the Companions in the recitation of the Qur'an, he was one amongst the foremost learned scholars of this Ummah. Refusing to accept his stipend from the central treasury, `Abdullah ibn Masud passed away during the Caliphate of Uthman (ra).
`Abdullah ibn Masud, may Allah be pleased with him, is buried in Al-Baqee`: the famous graveyard in Madinah.
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