Muhammad's Manners 2,

By Jehan Sanchez

Founder of

2/5 Drawing Close To Allah (Swt) Through Good Manners/Behaviour (Akhlaq/Adab)-Muhammad

The Prophet (peace and blessings be up on him) combined both perfection of creation and perfection of manners.

This impression on people can be deduced by the bliss that overwhelmed their hearts and filled them with dignity.

When ever Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) saw him he would say: "He is faithful, chosen (by Allah), and calls for forgiveness. He shines like a full-moon light when it is far from dark (clouds) [Khulusa As-Siyar, p.20.

His stamina, endurance and forgiveness-out of a commanding position- his patience and standing what he detested- these were all talents, attributes and qualities Allah Himself had brought him on. Even wise men have their flaws, but the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be up on him) unlike everybody, the more he was hurt or injured, the more clement and patient he became. The more insolence and ignorant anybody exercised against him the more enduring he became.

'Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: "the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be up on him) Whenever he is given the opportunity to choose between two affairs, he always chooses the easiest and the most convenient. But if he is certain that it is sinful, he will be as far as he could from it. He has never avenged himself; but when the sanctity of Allah is violated he would. That would be for Allah not for himself. He is the last one to get angry and the first to be satisfied. His hospitality and generosity were matchless. His gifts and endowments manifest a man who does not fear poverty." [Sahih Al-Bukhari, 1/503.]

Ibn Abbas said: " The Prophet (peace and blessings be up on him) was the most generous, He is usually most generous of all times in Ramadan. The Prophet (peace and blessings be up on him) would never deny anything he was asked for" [ Sahih Al-Bukhari,1/503]

The Prophet (peace and blessings be up on him) was courageous and modest and the first one to cast his eyes down. Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri said: He was shier than a virgin in her boudoir. When he hates a thing we read it on his face [Sahih Al-Bukhari, 1/504. He does not stare at anybody's face. He always casts his eyes down. He looks at the ground more than he looks sky-wards. His utmost looks at people are glances. He is willingly and modestly obeyed by everybody. He would never name a person whom he had heard ill-news about-which he hated. Instead he would say; " Why do certain people do so..."

The Prophet (peace and blessings be up on him) is the most just, the most decent, the most truthful at speech, and the most honest of all. Those who have exchanged speech with him and even his enemies, acknowledge his noble qualities. Even before the Prophethood he was nicknamed Al-Ameen (i.e. the truthful, the trustworthy). Even then- in Al-Jahiliyah- they used to turn to him for judgment and consultation. In a version by At-Tirmidhi, he says that 'Ali has said that he had been told by Abu Jahl that he (abu Jahl) said to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be up on him) "We do not call you a liar; but we do not have faith in what you have brought." [Miskhat Al-Masabeeh. 2/521] In His Book, Allah the Exalted, said about them:

" It is not you that they deny, but it is the Verses (Qur'an) of Allah that the Zalimun (polytheist and wrong-doers) deny." [6:33]

Even when Heraclius asked Abu Sufyan: "Have you ever accused him of lying before the ministry of Prophethood?' Abu Sufyan said: No."

He was most modest and far from being arrogant or proud. He forbade people to stand at his presence as other people usually do for their kings.

Visiting the poor, the needy, and entertaining them are some of his habits. If a slave invited him, he would accept the invitation. He always sat among his friends as if he were an ordinary person of them 'Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that he used to repair he shoes, sew or mend his dress and to do what ordinary men did in their houses. After all, he was a human being like others. he used to check his dress (lest it had some insects on). Milking the she-sheep and catering for himself were his normal jobs. (ibid,2/520)

The prophet (peace and blessings be up on him) was the most truthful to his pledges, and was one of his qualities to establish good and steady relationship with his relatives-'Silat-Ar-Rahim.' He is the most merciful, gentle and amiable to all people. His way of living is the simplest one, ill manners and indecency are two qualities completely alien to him.

Righteousness, was his target he was never short of it or indifferent to it. Three qualities he disposed of: hypocrisy, excessiveness, and what was not of his concern. On the whole, the Prophet (peace and blessings be up on him) was ordained with peerless attributes of perfection. No wonder to be like that for he was brought up educated and taught (the Qur'an) by Allah. He was even praised by Allah:

"And verily, you (O Mohammad peace and blessings be up on him) are on an exalted standard of character {68:4}

Those were the attributes and qualities of the Prophet (peace and blessings be up on him) enjoyed which made the hearts of souls of the people close to him, draw near him and love him. Those traits made him so popular that the restraint and enmity of his people grew less and they started to embrace Islam in large crowds.

From the book "The sealed Nectar"

**O Allah let us live as Muslims and die as Muslims with out disgracing or subjecting us to temptations.**