In Makkah, there was one youth that everyone would look up to and was always talked about amongst the people. This was Mus’ab ibn Umair, a very handsome fellow who savoured all the enjoyment that Makkah had to offer. This made him very popular and famous amongst the Makkans.
Apart from his good looks, he always wore the latest and best designer clothes. When people walked passed him they could smell the finest and most expensive perfume . He had plenty of wealth and was known for the extravagant way he spent money on himself and all his friends.
He would drink the finest wines and would always have a girlfriend or two on his arm. He was never short of so called friends or girlfriends.
Most of Makkah had not accepted Islam so they thought these qualities were good and would respect this young man. They would talk about him and would try to follow his example by wearing similar clothes and behave in the same way.
When Mus’ab accepted Islam and decided to turn his life around. He left his old life of fame and fortune and instead became a simple and modest person. Instead of showing off he would spend more time reading Qur’an and teaching others.
He would respect the women and did not have any girlfriends. The Muslims looked up to this youngster who had become such a decent, honest and brave person. His clothes were no longer the best in Arabia but his character was one of the best.
The Prophet (pbuh) spoke highly of this young person and the people were happy that such a good change had happened to him. He was one of the most respected Sahabah who was brave enough to change his life and lose all those bad habits.