Ibn Masud was one of the transcribers of the Divine Revelation. He was among those who inscribed with painstaking care all that was revealed of the Holy Qur’an, registering everything he heard, while omitting nothing.
One day, the Holy Prophet (S) told him, “Recite some verses of the Holy Qur’an so that I can listen to it.”
Ibn Masud opened his own compilation of the Holy Qur’an, and came across the chapter of ‘The Women’. He began to recite it. The Holy Prophet (S) was listening to his recitation attentively until he reached verse 41: “How would it be, then, when we were to bring from every nation a witness and bring you, O Muhammad, as a witness against these people?”
Just as Ibn Masud recited this verse, the Prophet’s (S) eyes were filled with tears and he (S) said, “That is enough for the time being.”1
- 1. Kuhl Al-Basar Fi Sirat Sayyid Al-Bashar, Muhaddith al-Qummi, p. 79.