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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION THE OBLIGATION OF BECOMING ACQUAINTED WITH THE PROPHET AND STUDYING HIS HONOURABLE CHARACTER AND SUBLIME DISPOSITION 19 20

PART I THE PHYSICAL BEAUTY OF OUR MASTER MUAMMAD THE BEAUTY OF HIS PHYSICAL APPEARANCE THE RADIANCE OF HIS FACE AND LUMINESCENCE OF HIS COUNTENANCE HIS BLESSED SWEAT , AND ITS SWEET FRAGRANCE THE S WOULD PERFUME THEMSELVES WITH THE PROPHETS SWEAT, AND SEEK BLESSINGS FROM IT HIS SWEET FRAGRANCE WOULD CLING TO EVERYTHING HE TOUCHED AND EVERY WAY HE PASSED BY THE UNIQUE QUALITIES OF HIS SALIVA HIS CLEANLINESS HIS ENJOINING OF CLEANLINESS HIS BEAUTY AND BEAUTIFICATION THE KEENNESS OF HIS BLESSED SIGHT THE KEENNESS OF HIS NOBLE HEARING PART II THE ELOQUENCE AND WISDOM OF OUR MASTER MUAMMAD HIS NOBLE VOICE THE SWEETNESS OF HIS SPEECH THE PURITY AND ELOQUENCE OF HIS SPEECH HIS WAY OF SPEAKING HIS PRAISE OF ELOQUENCE AND HIS DISLIKE OF UNGRAMMATICAL SPEECH FORTY DTH ILLUSTRATING HIS ELOQUENCE AND WISDOM

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PART III THE EXALTED STATUS OF OUR MASTER MUAMMAD THE SUPERIORITY OF HIS INTELLECT ABOVE ALL OTHERS THE BREADTH OF HIS KNOWLEDGE AND HIS ABUNDANT LEARNING. WHICH NO ONE COULD ENCOMPASS BUT ALLAH WHO BESTOWED IT UPON HIM THE FIRST PROOF: THE GATHERING OF THE QURAN IN HIS NOBLE BREAST THE SECOND PROOF: THE WISDOM THAT ALLAH REVEALED TO HIM THE THIRD PROOF: HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE UNSEEN THE FOURTH PROOF: HIS KNOWLEDGE OF ALLAHS CREATURES
AND THEIR VARIOUS TYPES HIS BLESSED HEART THE SEAL OF PROPHETHOOD HIS EXALTED CHARACTER OUR MASTER M D IS THE EXEMPLAR OF PHYSICAL AND MORAL PERFECTION

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PART IV THE SUBLIME CHARACTER OF OUR MASTER MUAMMAD HIS PERFECT KINDNESS AND TENDER DISPOSITION HIS FRIENDLINESS WITH FAMILY AND LOVED ONES HIS KIND COMPANIONSHIP AND AMIABILITY WITH HIS WIVES AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY THE STORY OF THE ELEVEN DROLL WOMEN HIS KIND COMPANIONSHIP WITH ALL PEOPLE HIS LOFTY MANNERS WITH THOSE WHO SPOKE TO HIM THE WARM RECEPTION HE WOULD GRANT TO HIS GUESTS HIS SMILE AND HIS CHEERY DISPOSITION WITH PEOPLE THE WAY HE RESPONDED TO GREETINGS THE WARM WELCOME HE EXTENDED TO THOSE WHO APPROACHED HIM HIS ENQUIRIES INTO HIS COMPANIONS HEALTH THE HONOUR HE EXTENDED TO NOBLES HIS FRIENDLINESS AND RELAXED MANNER WITH HIS COMPANY

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THE WAY HE SPREAD JOY AMONGST HIS COMPANY BY JOKING WITH THEM HIS SMILE WHEN HE MET HIS COMPANIONS AND SPOKE
WITH THEM HIS LAUGH HIS KINDNESS TO CHILDREN HIS PERFECT KINDNESS AND CONCERN FOR ANYONE, MAN OR WOMAN, WHO ASKED HIM ABOUT THE RELIGION HE WOULD REPAY GENEROSITY WITH GREATER GENEROSITY HE WOULD REPAY A GOOD TURN WITH A BETTER ONE HE WOULD MISS HIS COMPANIONS HIS PRESERVATION OF THE BONDS OF LOVE HE WOULD KEEP HIS PROMISES HIS GENEROUS VISITS TO HIS COMPANIONS HIS VISITS TO THE WEAK AMONGST THE MUSLIMS IN GENERAL, AND THE PEOPLE OF THE LEDGE IN PARTICULAR HE WOULD MISS HIS COMPANIONS AT NIGHT, AND LISTEN OUT FOR THEIR VOICES RECITING QUR N HIS KINDNESS TO BOORISH BEDOUINS, TO PREVENT THEM FROM BEING DRAWN TO DISSENT HIS GREAT HUMILITY WITH HIS COMPANIONS HIS ENJOINING OF HUMILITY HIS HUMILITY IN HIS DECISION TO BE A PROPHET-SLAVE, NOT A PROPHET-KING

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PART V OUR MASTER MUAMMAD THE MESSENGER OF MERCY HIS GREAT FORBEARANCE AND MERCY HIS ANGER FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH AND HIS DEEP CONCERN FOR ALLAHS COMMAND THE SEVERITY OF HIS ANGER NEVER DIVERTED HIM FROM THE TRUTH, AND UPRIGHT SPEECH AND CONDUCT HIS GREAT GENEROSITY HIS GREAT COURAGE HIS PATIENCE IN THE FACE OF THE IDOLATERS PERSECUTION; AND HIS WILLINGNESS TO BEAR ALL MANNER OF HARDSHIPS FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAHS CAUSE HIS EQUITY HIS MERCY TO THE WORLD

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HIS MERCY WITH HIS FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD HIS MERCY WITH CHILDREN HIS MERCY WITH ORPHANS HIS MERCY WITH ANIMALS HIS MERCY WITH BIRDS REFLECTIONS ON ALLAHS WORD: AND WE HAVE NOT SENT
YOU EXCEPT AS A MERCY TO THE WORLDS

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