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PROPHET MUHAMMAD ﷺ AS THE BEST ROLE MODEL


Prophet Muhammad is the best role model for all humankind. Among his outstanding virtues and characteristics, he was an extraordinary husband, a perfect father, and a unique grandfather. He was also a great statesman, judge, and spiritual leader. His most distinctive quality, however, was the fact that he was a blessing to all in both word and deed.

 

He infused justice, love, and dignity in all those around him. He spread the power of brotherhood to the extent that it became exceptional in human history. Affirming that these grand virtues were bestowed on him by Allah the Almighty and that He prepared His loyal messenger to call for the true religion, is part of one's belief.

 

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Qur’an

The Qur'an describes the Prophet as merciful and kind to the believers. Allah the Almighty says, There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.(Quran Surah Tawbah 9:128)

 

And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds. (Quran Surah 21:107)

 

Mercy to Kids

Anas(R) said that the Prophet always greeted children as he passed them, saying that he did so because he had observed the Prophet doing the same thing. Sahih Al Bukhari: 6247, Sahih Muslim: 2168

 

Ibn `Abbas  said that the Prophet used to hold the first of any seasonal harvest, he used put it on his eyes then on his lips and say “Oh Allah! Like you have made us see its beginning (of the season), allow us to see its end.” Then he would give it to any child sitting around him." Tabarani 11059

 

When his guests brought children with them, the Prophet called them towards him and placed them on his lap. One day an infant urinated on his clothes. He simply poured water over the area but did not wash the clothes (as the infant was only breast-fed). Sahih Bukhari Vol.1 : 223

 

Mercy to Women

Narrated Sa`d bin Abi Waqqas(R):Once `Umar asked the leave to see Allah's Messenger () in whose company there were some Quraishi women who were talking to him and asking him for more financial support raising their voices. When `Umar asked permission to enter the women got up (quickly) hurrying to screen themselves. When Allah's Messenger () admitted `Umar, Allah's Messenger () was smiling, `Umar asked, "O Allah's Messenger ()! May Allah keep you in happiness always." Allah's Messenger () said, "I am astonished at these women who were with me. As soon as they heard your voice, they hastened to screen themselves." `Umar said, "O Allah's Apostle! You have more right to be feared by them." Then he addressed (those women) saying, "O enemies of your own souls! Do you fear me and not Allah's Messenger () ?" They replied. "Yes, for you are a fearful and fierce man as compared with Allah's Messenger ()." On that Allah's Messenger () said (to `Umar), "By Him in Whose Hands my life is, whenever Satan sees you taking a path, he follows a path other than yours."  Sahih Al Bukhari 3294 and Sahih Muslim  2396

 

Once the Noble Prophet was sleeping with his face covered in the apartment of Aisha. It was the day of Eid (Muslims' holiday) and young girls were singing. Abu Bakr entered the house and asked the girls to stop. The Prophet said, "Let them sing, it is the day of Eid for them." Sahih al-Bukhari 3529 (Vol. 4, Book 56, Hadith 730)

 

He said: The most perfect Muslim in the matter of faith is one who has excellent behavior; and the best among you are those who behave best towards their wives. Tirmidhi Vol. 1, Book 7, Hadith 1162and Jami at Tirmidhi 3895

 

He said, "Whoever [brings up] two girls till they come of age, will be in the next world along with me, like my two fingers joining each other." Sahih Muslim 2631

 

He said, "A believing man should not hate a believing woman; if he dislikes one of her characteristics, he will be pleased with another. Sahih Muslim ,1469

 

He said, " “I start the prayers, intending to lengthen them. I then hear a child crying so I make them shorter, knowing how emotional a child’s mother gets.” Sahih Al Bukhari 868

 

Caliph Umar (The second leader after prophet Muhammad) wanted to limit the amount of dowry. Most Muslims agreed with him. but an old poor woman declared her disagreement. Umar didn't mute her. Instead, he heard her opinion which was proofed and then he said, "The lady is right and Umar is wrong." Tafseer Ibn Katheer Vol.2, Pg 213 on tafseer of Quran Surah Nisa 4:20

 

Mercy to Orphans, Needers and Widows

From his mercy is that he never used to disdain from walking along with a widow or with a poor person and fulfill their needs . He used to visit weak and sick Muslims and attend their funerals . He used to treat orphans well and charitably. He used to commend people to sponsor them and treat them with excellence and he also used to announce the consequent virtues of that saying, “I and a patron of an orphanage are as close in Paradise (while waving with the index and middle finger and seprating them .” Sahih al-Bukhari 5304

 

Ibn Omar reported Allah's Messenger as saying, "A Muslim is a Muslim's brother; he does not wrong him. If anyone cares for his brother's need, Allah will take care of his need; if anyone relieves his brother's anxiety, Allah will remove from him one of his anxieties on the Day of Resurrection; and if anyone conceals a Muslim's secrets, Allah will conceal his secrets on the Day of Resurrection."  Sahih Al Bukhari ,2442and Sahih Muslim 2580

 

Abu Hurairah reported Allah's Messenger as saying, He who strives to serve a widow and a poor person is like the one who strives in Allah's way or like him who performs prayers all the night and fasts all the day." Sahih Al Bukhari 5353 (Vol. 7, Book 64, Hadith 265)

 

Mercy to Domestic Workers

Once a man came to Prophet Muhammad and said, "O Allah's Messenger! How many times should I forgive the mistakes of slaves?" The Noble Prophet kept quiet. The man repeated his question three times, and the Prophet replied at the third time, "Forgive them seventy times every day." Abu Dawud 5164

 

A man had two slaves but was not happy with them. He used to beat and abuse them but they did not change their ways. He complained to the Prophet and asked for his advice. Prophet Muhammad said that if his punishment was in proportion to their wrongs, well and good; otherwise Allah would punish him for his excess. On hearing this the man was upset and began crying. Prophet Muhammad recited from the Qur'an, "We shall set up scales of justice on the Day of Resurrection." (Quran 21:47) and observed that the man did not read the Qur'an. After this he said, "O Allah's Messenger, it is better that I release them from my possession. Be witness that they are now free."  Sunan at tirmidhi 3165 

 

Mercy to Animals

Aisha narrated that she once found difficulty in riding a horse, so she kept reining it in repeatedly. The Prophet then said, “You must have gentleness.” Sahih Muslim 2598

 

Once the Prophet passed by a camel that was so emaciated its back was one with its abdomen. Upon that, the Prophet said, “Fear Allah with regard to livestock. Ride them in a fitting way and eat them when they are in good condition." Abu Dawud 2548

 

He once entered the garden of man from the Ansar (Muslims of Madinah) and there was a camel. When the Prophet  saw the camel it froze and its eyes started watering. Then the Prophet of Allah came to it and rubbed its ears so it calmed down. Then the Prophet said, “Who is the owner of this camel? Whose camel is this?” A young man from the Ansar told him, ”O Messenger of Allah, it belongs to me.” Then he told him (, “Do you not fear Allah with regard to this beast which Allah has let you own? It complained to me that you starve it and tire it by overworking it and using it beyond its capacity." Abu Dawud 2549

 

He saw some people sitting on animals so he commented, “Keep them safe and sound when riding them and when leaving them, don’t use them as chairs for your side talks in the streets and markets. A ridden animal might be better than its rider and might remember and mention God more than its rider does." MusnadAhmad 15629

 

Prophet Muhammad once said, “A woman was doomed to enter the Fire because of a cat. She imprisoned it and neither fed it nor set it free to eat the rodents of the earth.” Sahih Muslim 904

 

Prophet Muhammad warned against any human being causing a bird to feel panic about its little offspring. Someone took two chicks of a bird, which came in panic searching for its chicks. Prophet Muhammad  then asked, “Who has distressed it by taking its chicks?” Then he asked them to return the chicks. Abu Dawud 2675

 

The Prophet once passed by a burned out anthill. When the Prophet saw it he asked, “Who has burned it?” When he was informed of who had done it, he said, “Only the Lord of Fire has the right to punish with fire." Abu Dawud 2675

 

Prophet Muhammad prohibited the killing of a bird for the sake of pleasure and not for a specific beneficial need, the Prophet  said, “Anyone who would kill a bird, this bird would come on Doomsday and say, “God, this person killed me for pleasure and not for benefit." Sunan Nasai 4446

 

He saw a person preparing a lamb, laying it down while he was still sharpening his knife. Prophet Muhammad  then commented, “Do you want to kill it twice? Sharpen your knife before you lay it down.” Tabrani Vol4: 53

 

References

http://www.quranandscience.com/his-characteristics/178-prophet-muhammads-mercy.html

 

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