The Beloved of Allah

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalaamu ‘ala Sayidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala aalihi wasohbihie fi kulli lamhatin wa nafasin…

His Birth

When he was born, he lifted his head up, looking skywards, a light issued with him and Umm ‘Uthman saw the stars lowering themselves and a light appeared so that she could see nothing but light. The midwife ash-Shifa’ Umm ‘AbdurRahman said, “When he dropped into my hands and sneezed, I heard a voice said, “May Allah have mercy on you!’ and the entire horizon was illuminated for me so that I could see the castles of the Greeks.”

All the sons of Abu Talib got up in the morning disheveled whereas the Prophet pbuh was always neat, oiled and wearing kohl(celak). His nurse, Umm Ayman said, “I never saw him complain of hunger or thirst either as a child or as an adult.”

His Humility

In the battle of Banu Qurayza, he rode a donkey with a saddle cloth which was haltered with a rope made of palm fibre. The Prophet would be invited to eat barley bread and rancid butter and he would accept such an invitation. He would work in the house with his family. He would delouse his clothes, repair his sandals, serve himself, sweep the house and hobble the camel and take them to graze. He would eat with the servants, knead bread with them and carry his own goods to the market. You can’t find any leader, king or ruler in the past or present doing such things apart from the Prophets of Allah and they are nobler than kings.

His Trustworthiness and decency

An-Nadr ibn al-Harith said to Quraysh(the disbelievers), “When Muhammad was a young man among you, he was the most pleasing, truthful and trustworthy of you until he had white hairs at his temple (grew older) and brought you what he brought (the religion of Islam). Then you said, ‘A magician!’ No, by Allah, he is not a magician!”

The Prophet peace be upon him, never touched a woman over whom he did not have rights.

He divided his day into three parts, one for Allah, one for his family and one for himself. Then he divided his own part between himself and his people.

More on him

When he sits in an assembly, he almost never moved his limbs. He was often silent, speaking only when necessary and avoiding people who did not speak well. His companions smiled rather than laughed in his presence out of respect for him and to imitate him. He loved scents and perfume and he used them often. He encouraged their use. He also forbade people to blow on food and drink.

How he was respected, valued and venerated

When Quraysh sent ‘Urwa in Mas’ud to the Messenger of Allah, he saw the unparalleled respect which his Companions displayed towards him/ Whenever he did wudu’ they ran to get his leftover wudu’ water and very nearly fought over it. If he spat they took it with ther hands and wiped it on their faces and bodies. If a hair of his fell down, they ran to get it. If he commanded them to do something, they ran to do his command. If he spoke, they lowered their voices in his presence. They did not stare at him due to their respect for him. When ‘Urwa returned to the Quraysh, he said, “People of Quraysh! I have been to Chosroes in his kingdom, and Caesar in his kingdom and the Negus in his kingdom, but by Allah, I have not seen any king among his people treated anything like the way Muhammad is treated by his Companions.” He was respected and cherished more than kings but he slept on skin stuffed with palm fibre, fine bread was not prepared for him nor did he ate on a table or fine platter. May Allah bless him and grant him peace forever…

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