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What you should know about him: Muhammad (SAW)

Whenever he was pleased, his face shone bright like a full moon. Whenever sweat appeared on his face, the beads glistened like pearls. Whenever he spread his hand over a […]

Whenever he was pleased, his face shone bright like a full moon. Whenever sweat appeared on his face, the beads glistened like pearls. Whenever he spread his hand over a child’s head, others would discern his fragrance on the child. Whenever he smiled, his teeth appeared like tiny hailstones. Whenever he corrected someone, he corrected them with love and example. Whenever he spoke, he spoke to the point; his words explicit and distinct. And whenever he walked, it was almost as if the earth rolled itself up for him to walk. Yes, he was…Muhammad (SAW)

As kids, I’m sure all of us were instructed to love, respect and obey this man without even being taught about who he was. We were told little about his character and more about his teachings, like ‘be-good-towards-your-parents’, ‘have-the-best-of-character’, ‘whoever-offers-Salah-5-times-a-day-will-be-rewarded-with-Jannah’, and so on. As a result we grow up to know only about his teachings and never know about how he really lived! Most of us hardly know about how he lived, how he laughed, how he ate, how he dressed and so on. Rarely do we hear or read about his sense of humor, his treatment towards his wives and so on. But if we really claim to love this man, aren’t we supposed to know ‘everything’ about him?

So why does Allah (SWT) title this man with ‘the best of examples’ in the Quran? What’s so special about this man? And what is it that makes him so different from the rest of us besides Prophethood? …

The Prophet’s behavior towards the callous:

In spite of the Prophet (SAW) being a Prophet of Allah, he was severely tested. He was betrayed by his own people, forced to leave his own land, poisoned to death, opposed by his own Uncle, abused, mocked, criticized, cursed and more. But yet he didn’t complain, he didn’t give up, even though he was a Prophet of Allah; he was someone who had a higher status in the eyes of Allah than us.

Once the Prophet (SAW) was praying near the Ka’bah while Abu Jahl and his comrades were sitting nearby. Meanwhile, Abu Jahl asked the others, “Is there one who will bring the innards of a camel of Banu so-and place it on Muhammad’s back while he is prostrating in prayer?”

Uqba, anxious to prove his daring, got up and returned with the intestines of a slaughtered camel. He stayed to the side until he saw the opportunity to catch the Prophet (SAW) in prostration. When the Prophet (SAW) bowed his head to the earth, Uqba laid the camel intestines on the Prophet’s neck and shoulders. Abu Jahl and his followers burst into laughter, but the Prophet (SAW) remained in prostration, and did not raise his head. Someone informed the Prophet’s daughter, Fatimah, who then came running to the Ka’bah and removed the foul-smelling intestines from her father’s back.

The Prophet’s approach towards the inept:

Being too harsh could make matters worse and do more harm than good. This is the reason why most of the time when we try to correct people’s mistakes, we create a blunder for ourselves, as a result of which makes matters more awful. But this wasn’t the way the Prophet (SAW) corrected people’s mistakes. Anas ibn Malik narrates:

“Whilst we were in the mosque with the Messenger of Allah, a Bedouin came and stood urinating in the mosque. The Companions of the Messenger of Allah said, ‘Stop it! Stop it!’ But the Messenger of Allah said, ‘Do not interrupt; leave him alone.’ So they left him until he had finished urinating, then the Messenger of Allah called him and said to him, ‘In these mosques it is not right to do anything like urinating or defecating; they are only for remembering Allah, praying and reading the Quran, or words to that effect’. Then he commanded a man who was there to bring a bucket of water and throw it over (the urine), and  he did so” (Muslim)

The Prophet’s humor:

Yes the Prophet (SAW) would joke! The Prophet (SAW) would joke but the Prophet (SAW) always spoke the truth while joking. There are many delightful incidents where the Prophet (SAW) joked and had a great time. One of these incidents includes the narration of Anas ibn Malik:

An old woman came to the Prophet (SAW) and said: ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, pray to Allah that I will enter paradise.’ The Prophet (SAW) said jokingly, “Oh the mother of so-and-so, no old woman will enter paradise’. The old woman went away crying, so the Prophet (SAW) said, “Tell her that she will not enter paradise as an old woman, for Allah (SWT) says: Indeed, We have produced the women of Paradise in a [new] creation. And made them virgin-pure (and undefiled)” {Quran 56:35-36} (Tirmidhi)

The Prophet’s love for his wives:

Every girl has got a dream man in her heart. A prince charming who will come and sway her away, who will love her more than anybody else, who will cry when she cries, who will laugh when she laughs, and so on. But the Prophet (SAW) is a perfect example of a ‘romantic’ and a ‘loving’ husband. After all, as Aisha (RA) narrated:

 “I went out with the Prophet (SAW) on a journey. At that time I was a young girl and was quite slender. The Prophet (SAW) told the people, ‘Go ahead’, so they went ahead, then he said to me, ‘Come on, let us have a race’. So I raced with him and I won. He let the matter rest until I gained weight. Later, I accompanied him on another journey. He told the people, ‘Go ahead’, so they went ahead. He said to me, ‘Come on let us have a race’. So I raced with him and he won. He began to laugh and said, ‘This is for that’.”  (Abu Dawud)

The Prophet’s affection towards the children:

When it comes to being soft towards children, for most of us it’s a NIGHTMARE! The reasons being many, from children being naughty to being annoying and to being very impolite at times, which results in our frustration.  The Prophet (SAW) had a very different approach towards the children, as Jabir bin Samura (RA) narrated:

“I prayed along with Allah’s Messenger (SAW) the first prayer. He then went to his family and I also went along with him, when he met some children (on the way). He (SAW) began to pat the cheeks of each one of them. Jabir bin Samura (RA) said, “And me?” So he (SAW) also patted my cheeks and I experienced a coolness or a fragrance of his hand as if it had been brought out from the scent bar of a perfume seller”  (Muslim)

 

The Prophet (SAW)’s character is what that makes him so different from the rest of us. And character is what that distinguishes us from the ignorant. Indeed, the Prophet (SAW) had the best of characters. And perhaps, that is what that still keeps the Prophet (SAW) alive and will keep him alive eternally in our hearts and minds …

 

References:

–   When the Moon Split: by Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri

–   Husn-e-Akhlaaq: by Dr Farhat Hashmi

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  1. Salam there..very nice post great sharing thanks.