by Naima Sohaib
Hasan Basri was an early Muslim preacher, ascetic, scholar and mystic. Born in 642 CE, he rose to become one of the most celebrated Muslims of the time. He preached against materialism, a disease that is prevalent in our times. He was considered an expert scholar of Islamic sciences. His passionate sermons often moved people to tears, and his words have relevance for Muslims of all times.