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سْمِ اللهِ، وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَّامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ
الحمد الله

Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم

The best Man ever

"He صلى الله عليه وسلم was the most forbearing of people, the most courageous of people, the most just of people, the most chaste of people. His hand never touched the hand of any woman unless he was married to her or was closely related to her by blood (mahram).

He صلى الله عليه وسلم was the most generous of people, who never kept a dinar or a dirham with him overnight. If he had anything left over and he could not find someone to give it to before night came, he would not go home until he had donated it to someone who needed it.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم did not take anything from that which Allah had bestowed upon him except one year’s supply of the simplest provisions, dates and barley, giving all of that for the sake of Allah. He صلى الله عليه وسلم was never asked for anything but he gave it, then he would go back to his annual supplies and donate from them to those who needed it more, then he might run out before the year ended. He صلى الله عليه وسلم used to repair his own sandals and mend his own clothes, and he would help his family in the home and cut meat for them.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم was the most modest of people and would not look anyone straight in the eye. He صلى الله عليه وسلم would respond to the invitations of slave and free alike, and accept a gift even if it was a cup of milk, and he would reward a person for it. He صلى الله عليه وسلم did not eat food that had been given in charity, and he would respond to slave women and the poor when they asked him for something.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم got angry for the sake of his Lord but he did not get angry for his own sake. He صلى الله عليه وسلم would adhere to the truth even if that resulted in harm for himself or his companions. Heصلى الله عليه وسلم found one of the best of his companions slain in an area where Jews lived, but he did not treat them harshly or do more than that which is prescribed by sharee’ah. Rather he paid a diyah for him of one hundred camels even though some of his companions were in desperate need of just one camel.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم would tie a rock to his stomach to ward off hunger pangs, and he did not refuse halal food or and he would not eat reclining or at a table. He صلى الله عليه وسلم never ate his fill of bread for three days in a row until he met Allah, may He be exalted, as he would prefer to give away what he had rather than eat his fill, not because of poverty or miserliness. He صلى الله عليه وسلم would accept invitations to meals, visit the sick, and attend funerals. He صلى الله عليه وسلم walked alone among his enemies without a guard.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم was the most humble and quiet of people without being arrogant, the most eloquent without being long-winded, the most cheerful of countenance. He صلى الله عليه وسلم did not worry about worldly matters.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم wore whatever he found, and let his slave or others ride behind him on his mount. He صلى الله عليه وسلم rode whatever was available, sometimes a horse, sometimes a camel, sometimes a mule and sometimes a donkey. Sometimes he walked barefoot, with no cloak, turban or cap, visiting the sick in the furthest parts of Madinah. He صلى الله عليه وسلم loved perfume and hated foul smells. He صلى الله عليه وسلم would sit with the poor and offer food to and eat with the needy, honouring the virtuous and softening the hearts of people of status by treating them kindly.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم upheld ties of kinship without favouring his relatives over those who were better than them, and he did not treat anyone harshly. He صلى الله عليه وسلم accepted the excuses of those who apologized to him; he would joke but he only spoke the truth, and he would smile without laughing out loud. If he saw permissible play he did not denounce it, and he raced with his wife. When voices were raised against him, he bore that with patience. He صلى الله عليه وسلم had slaves, male and female, but he did not eat or dress any better than they did.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم did not waste time without striving for the sake of Allah or doing that which was essential to better himself. He صلى الله عليه وسلم did not look down on any poor person because of his poverty or chronic sickness, and he did not fear any king because of his power. He صلى الله عليه وسلم called both of them to Allah on equal terms.

Al-Bakhtari said: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم did not revile any of the believers but he prayed that it might become an expiation and a mercy for them. He said: “I have been sent as a blessing, not a curse.” If he was asked to pray against anyone, whether Muslim or kafir, he would refrain from praying against him and pray for him instead. His صلى الله عليه وسلم hand never struck anyone.

If He صلى الله عليه وسلمwas given the choice between two things he would choose the easier option, unless it involved sin or the severing of family ties.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى described him in the Torah before He sent him, and said: Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم the Messenger of Allah, My chosen slave; he is not harsh or rough, and does not make noise in the marketplace.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم did not repay evil in kind; rather he would pardon and forgive. Part of his attitude was that he would be the first to greet whomever he met, and if someone came to him with a need, he would be patient until the person was the first one to leave. If someone took him by the hand, he would not let go until the other person let go first.

In a gathering he could not be distinguished from his companions. Allah عز و جل said:

فَبِمَا رَحۡمَةٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمۡ وَلَوۡ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ ٱلۡقَلۡبِ لَٱنفَضُّواْ مِنۡ حَوۡلِكَ

“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh hearted, they would have broken away from about you”

[Al ‘Imran 3:159]

Allah عز و جل bestowed upon him the best attitude and conduct, and the best way of dealing with people and situations, even though he was illiterate and could neither read nor write.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم grew up poor in an ignorant desert land, tending sheep, an orphan with neither father nor mother. But Allah taught him all good characteristics and good ways, and taught him the stories of earlier and later generations, and that which brings success and salvation in the Hereafter and happiness in this world, and showed him the way to focus on one’s duties and keep away from inessentials.

May Allah سبحانه وتعالى help us to obey his commands and follow his example.
Ameen ya Rab al-alamin."

Ihya’ ‘Uloom al-Deen (2/430-442)

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