The prophet’s manners and characteristics Part 6
Friday, March 23, 2012
and Modesty: Abu Ayoub Al-Ansari
said that the messenger of Allah (SAW) said: Four (traits) are from the
practice of the messengers; modesty, using perfume and siwak (tooth stick) and
(Tirmidthi). A’ishah said: A woman asked the prophet (SAW) about the bath, which is taken at the end of the menstrual period, the prophet (SAW) said: purify yourself with a piece of cloth scented with musk. The prophet (SAW) felt shy and turned his face. A’ishah said: I pulled her to myself and told her what the prophet (SAW) meant. (Bukhari #313).
Humbleness: The Messenger of God (SAW) was the most humble person. He was so humble that if a stranger were to enter the mosque and approach the prophet’s sitting place while he was sitting with his companions, one would not be able to distinguish him from his companions.
Anas Bin Malik said: Once, while we were sitting with
the messenger of God (SAW) in the Masjid, a man on his camel approached, after her
tied it with a rope, he asked: who amongst you is Muhammed? The messenger of
God (SAW) was sitting on the ground while he was leaning, with his companions.
We directed the Bedouin, saying: this white man leaning on the ground.
The prophet (SAW) did not differ nor distinguish himself from his companions. The prophet (SW) would not hesitate to help the poor, needy and widows in their needs. Anas B. Malik said: A woman from the people of Madeenah who was partially insane said to the prophet (SAW): I have to ask you (your help) about something. He helped her and took care of her needs. (Bukhari #670).
Compassion: Abu Masood Al-Ansari said: A man came to the prophet (SAW) and
said: O Messenger of God! By God! I do not pray Fajr prayer because so and so
lengthens the prayer. He said: I have never seen the messenger of God (SAW
deliver a speech in such an angry state. He said: O people! Verily there are
among you those who chase people away! If you lead people in prayer, shorten
There are old and weak people and those with special needs behind
you in prayer. (Bukhari #670). Once when the prophet (SAW) went to visit his
grandchild he shed some tears. The messenger of God (SAW) sat with the child
while he was on his deathbed. The child’s eyes froze in their places like
Upon seeing that, the messenger of God (SAW) wept, Sa’d said to him: what is this ‘O prophet of God? He said: this is a mercy that God, the Exalted, places in the hearts of His slaves. Truly, God in merciful to those who are merciful towards others. (Bukhari #6942).
and Forbearance: Anas Bin Malik said: ‘Once, I was walking with the messenger
of God (SAW) while he was wearing a Yemeni cloak with a collar with rough
edges. A Bedouin grabbed him strongly. I looked at the side of his neck, the
Bedouin said, ‘O Muhammed! Give me (some) of the wealth of God that you have.
The messenger of God (SAW) turned to the Bedouin, laughed and ordered that he
be given (some money). (Bukhari #2980). Another example of his patience is the
story of the Jewish rabbi, Zaid Bin Sa’nah. Zaid had given something as a loan
to the messenger of God (SAW). He himself said: Two or three days prior to the
return of the debt, the messenger of God (SAW) was attending the funeral of a
man from the Ansar. Abu Bakr and Umar, Uthman and some other companions were
with the prophet (SAW).
After he prayed the funeral prayer he sat down close to
a wall, and I came towards him, grabbed him by the edges of his cloak, and
looked at him in a harsh way, and said: O Muhammed! Will you not pay me back my
loan? I have not known the family of Abdul Mutaib to delay in repaying debts! I
looked at Umar B. Al-Khat’taab his eyes were swollen with anger! He looked at
me and said: O enemy of God, do you talk to the messenger of God and behave
towards him in this manner?
By the one who sent him with the truth, had it not
been for the fear of not entering the Heavenly Gardens, I would have beheaded
you with my sword! The prophet (SAW) was looking at Umar in a calm and peaceful
manner and he said: O Umar, you should have given us sincere counseling, rather
than to do what you did! Umar, go and repay him his loan, and give him twenty
Sa’a (measurement of weight) extra because you scared him!.
Zaid said: Umar
went with me, and repaid me the debt and gave me other it twenty sa’a of dates.
I asked him: What is this? He said: the messenger of God (SAW) ordered me to
give it, because I frightened you. Zaid then asked Umar: O Umar do you know who
I am? Umar said: No I don’t, who are you? Zaid said: I am Zaid B. Sa’nah. Umar
inquired: The Rabbi? Zaid answered: yes, the Rabbi.
Umar then asked him: what
made you say what you said to the prophet (SAW) and do what you did to him?
Zaid answered: O Umar I have seen all the signs of prophet hood in the face of
the messenger of God (SAW) except two – (the first) his patience and
perseverance precede his anger and the second, the more patient he becomes, and
I am now satisfied.
O Umar, I hold you as a witness that I testify and I am
satisfied that there is no true god worthy of being worshipped except God
alone, and my religion is Islam and Muhammed (SAW) is my prophet, I also hold
you as a witness that half of my wealth and I am among the wealthiest people in
Madeenah I give for the sake of God to the Muslims. Umar said: you will not be
able to distribute our wealth to all the Muslims, so say: I will distribute it
to some of the followers of Muhammed (SAW).
Zaid said: I said, then I will
distribute (the apportioned) wealth to some of the Muslims. Both Zaid and Umar
returned to the messenger of God (SAW) that there is no true god worthy of
being worshipped except God alone, and that Muhammed (SAW) is the slave of God
and His Messenger. He believed in him and witnessed many battles and then died
in the battle of Tabook while he was encountering the enemy, may God have mercy
on Zaid. (Ibn Hibban #288).
A great example of his forgiveness and perseverance is apparent when he pardoned the people of Makkah after its conquest. When the messenger of God (SAW) gathered the people; who had abused, harmed and tortured him and his companions, and had driven them out of the city of Makkah, he said: What do you think I will do to you? They answered: you will only do something favourable; you are a kind and generous brother, and a kind and generous nephew! The prophet (SAW) said: Go you are free to do as you wish. (Baihaqi #18055).
The Messenger of God (SAW) was the epitome of patience. He was patient with his
people before calling them to Islam; for they would worship idols and do sinful
acts. His patience was severely tested when he lost his loved ones. His wife,
Khadeejah, died, during his lifetime, as did all his children, save his
daughter Fatimah. His uncle Hamzed and Abu Talib passed away as well.
The prophet (SAW) was patient and sought the reward of God. Anas B. Malik said: We entered the house of Abu Saif the blacksmith with the prophet (SAW) Abu Saif’s wife was the wet nurse of his son, Ibraheem. The messenger (SAW) shed more tears and said: The eyes shed tears, the heart is saddened, and we only say what pleases our Lord, and we are saddened by your death, O Ibramheem! (Bukhari #1241).
Justice and Fairness: The Messenger of God (SAW) was just and fair in every aspect of his life and in the application of the religion.
Author: Muhammed Lamin Ceesay