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The Prophet’s humbleness

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The Sealed Nectar

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The Prophet’s humbleness

Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was a perfect model of modesty and humbleness. He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) never spoke loudly or in an unseemly manner. In the market, he always passed by the people quietly with a smile. Whenever he heard anything undesirable in an assembly, he did not say anything out of respect for the people, but the color of his face showed his feelings and the Companions became cautious. `Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her said that she never saw Allaah's Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) laughing so that she could see his molar teeth, for he only used to smile.

`Abdullaah Ibn Maslamah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported Allaah's Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as saying:"Modesty is a part of the teachings of the previous prophets and anyone who lacks it is most likely to do whatever he likes." Zayd  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported Allaah's Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as saying: "Every religion has a character and the character of Islam is modesty."


The Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) lived a simple and modest life, both in Makkah as a trader before his prophethood, and in Al-Madeenah as the head of the State after being appointed Allaah’s Messenger. The change in his social status from that of a trader in Makkah to the head of the State in Al-Madeenah did not bring any change in his modest living. `Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  himreported the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as saying: "Do not exalt me as the Christians have exalted Jesus, son of Mary. I am just His servant, so call me Allaah's Servant and Messenger."


The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) did not behave towards others as if he was better than they were, nor did he spurn manual work. `Abdullaah bin Abi `Awfa  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  himreported that the Prophet of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) never disdained to go with a slave or a widow to accomplish his or her tasks. Others reported that the Prophet sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to tidy up his house, tie the camels, feed the animals, take food with his servants, and help them in kneading dough and bringing provisions from the market. Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to visit the sick, attend funerals, ride on a donkey and accept a slave's invitation for a meal.  Jaabir  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him stated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to slow down his pace for the sake of the weak and also prayed for them. 


When `Adiyy bin Haatim  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him came to see the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) he called him inside his house. A maidservant brought a cushion to rest on, but the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) placed it between him and `Adiyy  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him and sat down on the floor. `Adiyy later said that he had then immediately realized that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was not a king. A similar incident was reported by `Abdullaah bin `Amr bin Al-`Aas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him who said: “Once when the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) came to my house, I gave him a cushion filled with bark, but he sat down on the floor placing the cushion between me and him.”


Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was humble in all things. Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) would accept an invitation even if he was presented barley bread and soup whose taste had changed. He also reported the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as saying: "I am Allaah's servant, I eat like a servant and sit like a servant.''


On one of his journeys, the Prophet,   sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) asked his companions to roast a goat. One said that he would slaughter the animal; another said that he would skin it, while a third said that he would cook it. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) then said that he would collect wood for fuel. Their response was: “O Messenger of Allaah! We will do everything.” The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) then said: “I have no doubt that you will. But I do not like distinctions to be made, nor does Allaah like any one of His servants to assert his superiority over his companions.”


His self-deprecation was such that he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) once said: “By Allaah, I do not know, even although I am Allaah’s messenger, what my fate in the next world will be, nor do I know what yours will be.”


Abu Tharr Al-Ghifaari  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrates that one day he was sitting with another companion of black complexion whom he addressed as: “O black man.” When the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) heard of this, he was greatly displeased and cautioned Abu Tharr never to make scornful remarks to anyone, whoever he might be, and to accord equal treatment to all, adding: “No white man has any superiority over a black man.”


The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) once saw a wealthy Muslim gathering up his loose garments so that a certain distance would be kept between himself and a poor Muslim sitting close by. He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) remarked: “Do you fear that his poverty will cling to you?”


The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) lived like any ordinary person, and did not assume any superior rights. He once had to borrow some money from a Jew called Zayd bin Sana’a. The Jew came to demand the immediate return of the loan a few days before the expiry of the stipulated period. Tugging at the mantle around the Prophet’s shoulders, he jibed that the progeny of ‘Abd Al-Muttalib were always defaulters.  


`Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him not being able to tolerate this misbehavior on the part of the Jew, started berating him, and was on the point of beating him when the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said to the Jew, smiling: “There are still three days to go before the promise has to be fulfilled.” To ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “We might have had better treatment from you. You could have advised me to be more careful about the return of loans and you could have advised the Jew to be more courteous in demanding repayment.” He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) then requested ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him to get some dates so that the loan could be repaid, and to give the Jew an extra forty kilograms for the rebuke he had been given.


We can say that humbleness is seen in every sphere of the Prophet’s life. His way of talking, walking, sitting, eating and every aspect of his life reflected humbleness.


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