The prophet's manners with his companions
Friday, April 13, 2012
The prophet’s close relations with his companions: The
prophet was very close to his companions, and this is well known when one reads
the detailed reports about the prophet’s biography. The prophet (SAW) is the
example, which we should emulate in all our matters.
Jareer B. Abdullah said: “The prophet (SAW) did not prevent me from sitting with him since I accepted Islam. He always smiled when he looked at me. I once complained to him that I could not ride a horse and he hit me in my chest and supplicated God, saying: ‘O God! Steady him, and make him a person who guides others and a source of guidance.’ (Bukhari #5739).
The prophet (SAW) would entertain his companions and joke
with them: Al-Hasan said: “An old woman came to the prophet (SAW) and said: ‘O
messenger of God, ask God to admit me into the heavenly gardens.’ He said “old
woman will not enter the heavenly gardens. She then walked away crying. The
prophet (SAW) said: tell her that she will not enter the heavenly gardens as an
old woman, for Allah says:
And made them virgins. Loving (their husbands only), (and) of
equal age. > (56:35-7). The prophet (SAW) did not only verbally entertain
and joke with his companions, but sported and amused them as well. Anas B.
Malik said: ‘A Bedouin named Zahir B. Haram would give gifts to the prophet
(SAW) and he would prepare things for him as well. The prophet (SAW) said:
‘Zahir is our desert, and we are his city.’
The prophet (SAW) approached him while he was selling his goods, and the prophet (SAW) hugged him from behind, and he could not see him. He then said: ‘let me go!’, when he knew that it was the prophet (SAW) who was hugging him, he pressed his back towards the messenger of God (SAW) and said: ‘you are not considered worthless by God’ or he said: ‘you are valuable and precious to God.’ (Ibn Hibban #5790)
He would consult his companions: The prophet (SAW) would consult his companions, and take their opinions and points of view into consideration in issues and matters for which no textual proofs were revealed. Abu Hurairah said: ‘I have not seen a person more keen for the sincere advice of his companions than the messenger of God (SAW). (Tirmidthi #1714).
Visiting the sick, whether he was Muslim or non-Muslim: The
prophet (SAW) was concerned about his companions and would make sure that they
were well. If he was told about a companion who was sick, he would rush to visit
him with the companions that were present with him. He wouldn’t only visit the
Muslims who were sick; rather, he would even visit non-Muslims. Anas B. Malik
said: ‘A Jewish boy would serve the prophet (SAW) and he fell sick, so the
prophet (SAW) said: ‘Let us go and visit him.’
They went to visit him, and found his father sitting by his head, and the messenger of God (SAW) said: “proclaim that there is no true god worthy of being worshipped except Allah alone.’ And I will intercede on your behalf on account of it on the Day of Resurrection.’ The boy looked at his father, and the father said: ‘obey Abul-Qasion!’ so the boy uttered: ‘there is no true god worthy of being worshipped except Allah alone and Muhammed (SAW) said: ‘All praise is due to God, who saved him from the fire of hell.’ (Ibn Hibban #2960).
He was grateful for people’s goodness towards him, and would
reward generously: Abdullah B. Omar said that the messenger of God (SAW) said:
‘whoever seeks refuge with God against you evil, then do not harm him. Whoever
asks you by God, then give him. Whoever invites you, then accept his
invitation. Whoever does a favour for you or an act of kindness, then repay him
in a similar manner; but if you do not find that which the people of Quraish
were extremely concerned about of Makhzoomi woman (i.e. the woman from the
tribe of Makhzoom) who committed a theft.
They conversed among themselves and
said: ‘who can intercede on her behalf with the messenger of God (SAW)?’ ‘O
Usamah! Do you intercede (on their behalf to disregard) one of God’s
castigation and punishments!’ The messenger of God (SAW) got up and delivered a
speech, saying: “people before you were destroyed because when the noble among
them stole, they would let him go; and if the poor and weak stole they would
By God! If Fatimah, the daughter of Muhammed stole, I would cut her hand off.’ (Bukhari #3288). The messenger of God (SAW) was just and fair and allowed others to avenge themselves if he harmed you can reward him with then supplicate God for him continuously, until you think you have repaid him.’ (Ahmed #6106) A’ishah said: ‘the messenger of God (SAW) would accept gifts, and reward generously on account of that.’ (Bukhari #2445).
The messenger’s love for everything which is beautiful and
good: Anas said: ‘the hand of the messenger of God (SAW) was softer than any
silk that I had ever touched, and his scent was sweeter than any perfume that I
had ever smelt.’ (Bukhari #3368). The messenger of God (SAW) loved to help other by
interceding of their behalf: Abdullah on their behalf: ‘the husband of Bareerah
was a slave whose name was Mugheeth – I saw him walking behind her tears were
falling off his beard.
The messenger of God (SAW) said to Al-Abbas: ‘doesn’t it amaze you, how much Mugheeth loves Bareerah, and how much she dislikes Mugheeth!’ The prophet (SAW) said to Bareerah: ‘why don’t you go back to him?’ she said to him: ‘are you commanding me to do so?’ he said: ‘no, but I am interceding on his behalf.” Se said: ‘I have no need for him.’ (Bukhari #4875).
The messenger of God (SAW) would serve himself: A’ishah
said: ‘I was asked how the messenger of God (SAW) behaved in his house.’ She
said: ‘he was like any man, he washed his clothes, milked his sheep, and served
himself.’ (Ahmed 24998). The prophet’s excellent manners, not only made him
serve himself; rather, he would serve others as well. A’ishah said: ‘I was
asked how the messenger of God (SAW) behaved in his house.’ She said: ‘he would
help out in the house with the daily chores, and when them. Usaid B. Hudhair
said: ‘a man from the Ansar was cracking jokes with people and making them
laugh, and the prophet (SAW) passed by him and poked his side lightly with a
branch of a tree that he was carrying.
The man exclaimed: ‘O prophet of God! Allow me to avenge myself!’ the prophet (SAW) said: ‘go ahead!’ the man said: “O messenger of God, you are wearing a garment, and I was not when you poked me (i.e. you jabbed my exposed skin, so it is only fair I do the same to you.)’ The messenger of God (SAW) raised his upper garment (to expose his side) and the Ansari (merely) kissed it, saying: ‘I only meant to do this, O messenger of God!’. (Abu Dawood #5224).
Fearing God, and being mindful of him: The Messenger of God
was the most mindful person of God. Abdullah Bin Masoud said: ‘(once) the
messenger of God (SAW) said to me: ‘recite to me from the Qur’an!’ Abdullah B.
Masood said: ‘shall I recite it to you to whom it was revealed?!’ the prophet
(SAW) said: ‘yes’ he said: ‘I started to recite surat an-Nisaa, until I reached
Author: Muhammed Lamin Cesay