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Morals of Prophet Muhammad

This article shall talk about the morals of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), and you can judge by yourself, is it normal that all these morals were collected in a normal person?

God describes Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in the Quran by saying:

4. And indeed, you are of a great moral character. (Holy Quran 68:4)

When we look at the life of Muhammad(Peace be upon him), we will understand this. These are some hadiths telling about his morals, and how his disciples described him.

Prophet Muhammad- Mercy to mankind

Mercy of Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was merciful, he used to forgive people. This hadith in Bukhari shows how he forgave people who tried to kill him.
Narrated by Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:

During a campaign, Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) took rest under a shady tree. One of the polytheists came to him. The sword of Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was hanging on a tree. He drew it and said: “Are you afraid of me?”

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “No”.

Then he said: “Who will then protect you from me?”

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) replied, “Allah”.

As soon as he said this, the sword fell down from his hand and Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) catching the sword, asked him, “Who will protect you from me.”

He said, “Please forgive me.”

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “On condition you testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and that I am His Messenger.”

He said, “No, but I promise you that I shall not fight against you, nor shall I be with those who fight with you”.

The Prophet (ﷺ) let him go. He then went back to his companions and said: “I have come to you from one of the best of mankind”.

This is Prophet Muhammad, and this is his faith in God and his mercy to people.

Although the pagans of Mecca kept on harming him, he didn’t ask God to destroy them, but he kept on praying for them as he wanted them to be really saved.

During the Battle of Uhud, when the pagans found a gap in Muslim army, and attacked the Prophet (Peace be upon him), the Prophet was beaten, and blood was wiping from his face, he said: My Lord, forgive my people, for they do not know. (Muslim)

Also when the Prophet (Peace be upon him) went to preach people in Al Tai’f, and they rejected him, and kept on beating him and throwing him with stones, angel Gabriel came to him and said: God. the Honoured and Glorious, has heard what thy people have said to thee, and how they have reacted to thy call. And He has sent to thee the angel in charge of the mountains so that thou mayest order him what thou wishest (him to do) with, regard to them. The angel in charge of the mountains (then) called out to me, greeted me and said: Muhammad, God has listened to what thy people have said to thee. I am the angel in charge of the mountains. and thy Lord has sent me to thee so that thou mayest order me what thou wishest. If thou wishest that I should bring together the two mountains that stand opposite to each other at the extremities of Mecca to crush them in between, (I would do that). But the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said to him: I rather hope that God will produce from their descendants such persons as will worship Allah, the One, and will not ascribe partners to Him. (Muslim)

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) didn’t aim to kill those who rejected him, he was keen on guiding them to the right way and saving them from Hell. Even when he conquered the polytheists and entered Mecca he didn’t aim to take revenge from those who tortured him and rejected him, but he forgave them with no blame.

And when he came back to Mecca as a conquerer, he asked those who rejected him, and kept on harming him for 21 years, he asked them: ” What do you think I shall do with you?“, they said:” Well, you are an honorable brother, and the son of an honorable brother.”, he said: “No blame on you today, go, you are free” (Ibn Hisham)

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was merciful with his servants and with people.

Anas Ibn Malik reported: I served the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) for ten years, and, by Allah, he never said to me any harsh word, and he never said to me about a thing as to why I had done that and as to why I had not done that. (Al Bukhari)

The Prophet never took revenge (over anybody) for his own sake but (he did) only when Allah’s Legal Bindings were outraged in which case he would take revenge for Allah’s Sake. And henever used bad language. He used to say “The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.” He never criticized any food (presented him), but he would eat it if he liked it; otherwise, he would leave it (without expressing his dislike). ( Al Bukhari more than one hadith)

Generosity of Prophet Muhammad

Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was very generous, Ibn Abbas narrates:

The Prophet was the most generous of all the people, and he used to become more generous in Ramadan when Gabriel met him. Gabriel used to meet him every night during Ramadan to revise the Qur’an with him. Allah’s Apostle then used to be more generous than the fast wind. (Al Bukhari)

Jabir reported: ” It never happened that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) was asked for anything and he said: No (Al Bukhari)

Modesty of Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was very modest, he was never seen extending his legs infront of his disciples, and he refused that they stand up when he comes, his life was very simple, he used to milk his goat, mend his clothes, help with the household word, and visit poor people when they got sick.

He also said:” Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allah and His Apostle.“(Al Bukhari)

Simple Life of Prophet Muhammad

The life of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was very simple, Aa’isha, Muhammad’s wife, said, “O my nephew, we would sight three new moons in two months without lighting a fire (to cook a meal) in the Prophet’s houses.” Her nephew asked, “O Aunt, what sustained you?” She said, “The two black things, dates and water, but the Prophet had some Ansar neighbors who had milk-giving she-camels and they used to send the Prophet some of its milk.” (Al Bukhari)

Although he was God’s Prophet, he didn’t depend on that to be lazy in worshipping God, The Prophet used to stand (in the prayer) or pray till both his feet or legs swelled. He was asked why (he offered such an unbearable prayer) and he said, “should I not be a thankful slave.” (Al Bukhari).

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