Hadith on Preaching: No Sermon to Avoid Boredom

📖Sahih Muslim 2821 a
Shaqiq reported: We were sitting at the door of Abdullah (b. Mas’ud) waiting for him (to come out and deliver a sermon to us). It was at this time that there happened to pass by us Yazid b. Mu’awiya an-Nakha’i. We said: Inform him (‘Abdullah b. Mas’ud) of our presence here. He went in and Abdullah b. Mas’ud lost no time in coming out to us and said: I was informed of your presence here but nothing hindered me to come out to you but the fact that I did not like to bore you (by stuffing your minds with sermons) as Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) did not deliver us sermon on certain days fearing that it might prove to be boring for us.

  • The meaning of the hadith (narration) from Sahih Muslim 2821a is that Abdullah b. Mas’ud, a companion of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), was informed that a group of people were waiting for him to deliver a sermon. However, he hesitated to come out and give a sermon because he did not want to bore them, as he remembered that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to avoid giving sermons on certain days, fearing that it might become monotonous for the listeners. This indicates Abdullah b. Mas’ud’s consideration for the audience’s attention and engagement during religious teachings, following the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in avoiding monotony in his sermons.