“… Ibn Mas’ud narrates: I once saw Prophet Muhammad crying, and so I asked him the reason. He replied: I cry because of the compassion I have for these sinful people (of my community) …”

Throughout his lifetime, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) delivered many of his teachings and recommendations through instances, which addressed Amir al-Mu’minin and his close companions like Abu Dharr, Salmaan, and Ibn Mas’ud.

As we approach the commemoration of the demise of the Holy Prophet, let us ponder over some of the teachings Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) conveyed to Ibn Mas’ud:

In his speech Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) elaborates on sinning and its effects: 

“O Ibn Mas’ud! Be aware of the intoxication of sins. Just as how wine is intoxicating, sins have similar effects.”

For the intoxicated man loses his perception and cannot see, hear or even think correctly; and a sinner cannot distinguish between those, which are beneficial or harmful (for his prosperity). Therefore the Prophet recited the following verse to verify his point: “They are deaf, dumb, and blind, so they do not return (to the Right Path).”(1)

Then the Prophet continued to explain about the sinful people, by reciting the following verse: “Surely We have made whatever is on the earth an embellishment for it.” (2) The Prophet is implying that those sinful people are actually unaware of their true beauty and embellishment. They misinterpret that which is not their true beauty, as beauty…

The Prophet is implying that those sinful people are actually unaware of their true beauty and embellishment. They misinterpret that which is not their true beauty, as beauty… Of course earth’s embellishment will be lost very soon and leave every person; as our Great Lord tells us: “And most surely We will make what is on it bare ground without herbage.”(3)

The question therefore arises on what the true beauty of man is. It is an eternal beauty that lasts before, during, and even after death. Therefore, if man dedicates his entire life to the material goods (i.e. his house, furniture, garden), he not only will have surrendered all his belongings to the ephemeral earth, but without knowledge and piety, he will have also spent his life in useless misery. In another section of his speech Prophet

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