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7 Unique Traits of the Young Companion Abdullah Ibn Abbas

Just like Abd Allah Ibn ‘Umar and Mus’ab Ibn ‘Umair, the young companion – Abdullah Ibn Abbas was a special person in his own right.

From his background, actions and interactions – Abdullah exhibited unique personality and lifestyle traits; in addition to his great love and devotion to Prophet Muhammad and to the pure teachings of Islam.

Below are 7 of such traits attributable to Abdullah Ibn Abbas.

1. Learning Oriented

Abdullah was a keen learner who devoted his life to learning and seeking knowledge. In present times, it could be easily termed lifelong learning.

His diligence and commitment led him to excel in scholarship in many fields, in addition to memorization of the Quran and Hadith.

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2. Strong Memory

He easily committed the Prophet’s words to his memory. And he went on to become one of the most learned companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

He is said to have memorized about 1,660 hadiths – many of which are recorded in Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.

3. Positive Attachment

He was in constant company of Prophet like a special PA. They shared a mutual love for each other and evoked positive emotional bonding with each other.

4. Wisdom

 Abdullah was born 3 years before migration to Madinah. But he became well known as wise and mature beyond his years.

This is because the Prophet made Dua for him; He (peace be upon him) prayed for Abdullah saying:

O Lord, make him acquire a deep understanding of the religion of Islam and  instruct him in the meaning and interpretation of things.

5. Service Mentality

Abdullah served the Prophet in many ways as a young boy. He escorted him on journeys and expeditions and he prayed behind him.

He was also devoted in his service to him and performed it with excellence – without excuses or complaints.

6. Balance

He wasn’t only a learner and service giver, Abdullah was also a devoted worshiper and warrior. He was able to balance his personal life goals with those of the hereafter – through worship and serving the Prophet and the Ummah.

7. Self Discipline

Nothing short of self-disciple could have aided such a young boy to remain patiently focused on a straight and forward path.

He did not get distracted from his noble activities; instead he moved from one to the other tirelessly. This allowed him to accomplish a lot in a period of opportunity, because he was only 13 years old when Prophet Muhammad died.

However, he had seized that golden chance while his mentor – the Prophet  (peace be upon him) was alive, paying due attention to his words, actions and teachings.

He was a fully hands on experience.

And now it’s your turn, what unique traits will you love to be remembered for?