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The Messenger of Allah (salla allahu alaihi wa sallaam) was the bravest of the people. Ali bin Abu Talib (radi allahu anhu) said: "When the fighting got severe, and the people met their enemies, we used to find shelter with the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallaam)."


He was the most generous of the people, he was never to say no when requested anything from anyone.


He was the most patient of all the people. (In his time)


He was more shy than a virgin in her seclusion. He never fixed his gaze on anyone.


He never sought revenge for himself nor did he ever get angry for himself. But whenever the boundaries of Allah were violated, he used to avenge for them only, and when he was angry, no one could intercede with him.


The far and the near, the weak and the strong were all equal before him, as far as rights were concerned.


He never criticized any kind of food. If he liked it, he would eat of it. If not, he would refrain.


He never ate reclining, nor did he eat on a table. He never prohibited himself from enjoying the permissable things. If he found dried dates, he would eat them. If he found roasted meat, he would eat of that as well. If he found bread baked of wheat or barley, he would eat of it. If he found milk, it would be enough for him. He ate watermelon, with fresh dates, and he was particularly fond of sweets and honey.


Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated: "Allah's Messenger (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallaam) left this world without satisfying his hunger even with barley bread." Sahih Bukhari


It was also said: "Sometimes a month or two would pass before a fire was lit in the house of the Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallaam), and their food was only dates and water."


He would accept gifts of food and would give something to those who gave a gift to him. But he never ate from charity (sadaqa). He never indulged in luxurious food nor garments. He ate what he had and wore what he had.


He mended his own shoes and patched his own clothes. He helped his family with the daily household chores, and used to visit the sick among the people.


He was the most modest of the people, and would answer the invitation of any who invited him, whether that person was rich or poor, common or noble.


He loved the poor and the needy, and attended their funerals, and visited the sick among them. He never insulted a poor man for his poverty, nor feared a rich man because of his power and status.



February 1, 2011 at 12:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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He used to ride on a horse, a camel, a donkey, and a mule. He would let his servant or someone else ride on the saddle behind him. He never allowed anyone to walk behind him, and used to say:


"Let my back for the angels."


He used to wear woolen garments and sewn shoes. The garment he liked most was Hibarah, a type of cloak made in Yemen, which had red and white in it.

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...His ring and its face were made of silver. He used to wear it on his right little finger, or sometimes on the left.


He would tie a stone to his belly out of hunger, preferring the provisions of the hereafter, to holding the keys to the treasures of this worldly life.


He used to mention Allah much and never indulged in vain talk. He used to shorten and prolong the prayer.


Although he had many concerns, he always maintained a cheerful disposition, and offered a smile as a means of greeting.


He liked good scents and disliked odors.


He used to entertain the noble; and was generous to the virtuous people. He used to meet all the people cheerfully, and was never known to be rough or unkind to anyone.


He did not deny the permissible playing. He would jest, but would always speak the truth. He would accept the excuse from the one who gave it.

He possessed both male and female slaves, but never felt haughty, or placed himself above them in food or dress.


He never wasted time. He was in the service of Allah at all times, even when conducting the routine, mundane chores of everyday life.


He was a shepherd, and he said:

"Allah did not send any Prophet, except that he was a shepherd."


Aishah (radi Allahu anha) was asked about the character of Allah's Messenger (sallaAllahu alaihi wa sallaam) she said:

"His character was that of the Quran."


He hated for the sake of Allah and he loved for the sake of Allah.


In an authentic narration, Anas (radi Allahu anhu) said:

"I never touched silk or velvet softer than the hand of Allah's Messenger (sallaAllahu alaihi wa sallaam) and never smelled any smell regardless of what it was that was more pleasant than the smell of Allah's Messenger (sallaAllahu alaihi wa sallaam). I served Allah's Messenger (sallaAllahu alaihi wa sallam) for ten years, and he never said to me, 'uff' ( a minor harsh word denoting impatience) and never blamed me by saying, 'Why did you do so, or why didn't you do so?"


Allah the almighty bestowed on him perfect morals and perfect deeds. He endowed him with knowledge about the early people and the people to come. He revealed to him that which, if the people followed, they would be saved, yet he was illiterate. He never wrote, and despite what the disbelievers say, he had no tutor of any kind.


He was born in the desert of Arabia, during a period of ignorance, yet Allah the Almighty gave to him what he gave to no one before him, nor will He give to anyone after him. Allah the Almighty chose him above all that exists, so we ask that the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him until the Day of Judgement.

February 8, 2011 at 11:54 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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