Abdullah bin Mas’ud ra was a famous companion and included a friend who was allowed to learn. Although he is a very trusted friend, but when he narrated his hadith his body would shake violently, his tears dripping, sweat pouring from his forehead, and his veins tightened. It happened because he was very afraid of falling into lies, despite hearing it directly from Rasulullah SAW.
Narrated from the book “The Fadhilah Amal Association” by Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandahlawi Rah.a that Abu Amr Syaibani ra said, “For a year I lived with Ibn Mas’ud, I have never heard a single saying from him which he attributes to Rasulullah SAW . But if he narrated the hadith from Rasulullah SAW his body will vibrate. ”
Amr bin Maimun ra said, “Every Thursday, for a year, I am always present in the assembly of Ibn Mas’ud and I have never heard a single utterance attributed to Rasulullah SAW. Once he explained the hadith of Prophet SAW and from his tongue, the hadith came out smoothly. Instantly his whole body shook, his tears dripping, sweat pouring from his forehead, and his veins tightened. He said, “Inshallah, this is what the Prophet (s) said.” Sometimes he says, “It is almost like this is the saying of the Prophet.” Or, “This Hadith is more or less so.” (Muqaddimah Awjaz Musnad Ahmad)
He converted to Islam at the beginning, and has moved to Habashah. He always accompanies every battle of Rasulullah SAW and becomes his special servant, so he is nicknamed shahibul-na’al (sandal master), shahibul-wisadah (master pillow), shabibul-matharah (lord of ablution) Rasulullah SAW. These are the titles which he bears because many serve the Prophet SAW.
Rasulullah SAW once said of himself, “If I choose your leader without musyawarah, then Abdullah bin Mas’ud whom I will choose.”
He also said, “You can meet me all the time.”
Another word, “If you want to read the Qur’an according to the reading when it is revealed, then read it as Abdullah bin Mas’ud read.” Then the Prophet said, “If Abdullah bin Mas’ud explains the hadith, then believe his testimony.”
Imam Bukhari narrates from Abu Musa Ash’ari that when they came from Yemen, some long thought that Ibn Mas’ud included the Ahlul-verse. For Ibn Mas’ud and his mother are often at the Prophet’s house as the expert of his house.
That’s how Ibn Mas’ud always be careful in explaining the hadith of the Prophet SAW. Because he always remember the words of the Prophet SAW, “Whoever lies in my name, hell hell its place.” Although the hadiths he hears directly from the Prophet Muhammad, there is still a concern on him will fall into lie.