Humbleness

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Prophet Muhammad was a perfect model of modesty and humbleness. He never spoke loudly or in an unseemly manner. In the market, he always passed by the people quietly with a smile. Whenever he heard anything undesirable in an assembly, he did not say anything out of respect for the people, but the color of his face showed his feelings and the Companions became cautious. `Aa‟ishah said that she never saw Allaah's Messenger she could see his molar teeth, for he only used to smile. laughing so that

`Abdullaah Ibn Maslamah reported Allaah's Messenger as saying: "Modesty is a part of the teachings of the previous prophets and anyone who lacks it is most likely to do whatever he likes." Zayd reported Allaah's Messenger as saying: "Every religion has a character and the character of Islam is modesty." The Messenger of Allaah lived a simple and modest life, both in Makkah as a trader before his prophethood, and in Al-Madeenah as the head of the State after being appointed Allaah‟s Messenger. The change in his social status from that of a trader in Makkah to the head of the State in Al-Madeenah did not bring any change in his modest living. `Umar reported the Prophet as saying: "Do not exalt me as the Christians have exalted Jesus, son of Mary. I am just His servant, so call me Allaah's Servant and Messenger." The Prophet did not behave towards others as if he was better than they reported that never disdained to go with a slave or a widow to

were, nor did he spurn manual work. `Abdullaah bin Abi `Awfa the Prophet of Allaah

accomplish his or her tasks. Others reported that the Prophet used to tidy up his house, tie the camels, feed the animals, take food with his servants, and help them in kneading dough and bringing provisions from the market. Anas reported that the Prophet of Allaah Prophet for them. used to visit the sick, attend funerals, ride stated that the on a donkey and accept a slave's invitation for a meal. Jaabir

used to slow down his pace for the sake of the weak and also prayed

When `Adiyy bin Haatim

came to see the Prophet

he called him inside his placed it

house. A maidservant brought a cushion to rest on, but the Prophet

Their response was: “O Messenger of Allaah! We will do everything.” Prophet Muhammad Prophet was humble in all things. I eat like a servant and sit like a servant. while a third said that he would cook it. The Prophet then said that he would collect wood for fuel.” The Prophet then said:“I have no doubt that you will. asked his companions to roast a goat. adding: “No white man has any superiority over a black man. whoever he might be. nor do I know what yours will be.” Abu Tharr Al-Ghifaari narrates that one day he was sitting with another companion of black complexion whom he addressed as: “O black man. But I do not like distinctions to be made. I do not know. I gave him a cushion filled with bark. nor does Allaah like any one of His servants to assert his superiority over his companions.” When the Prophet heard of this. another said that he would skin it. but he sat down on the floor placing the cushion between me and him. the Prophet. A similar who said: “Once had then immediately realized that the Prophet incident was reported by `Abdullaah bin `Amr bin Al-`Aas when the Messenger of Allaah came to my house.between him and `Adiyy and sat down on the floor. Anas said that the would accept an invitation even if he was presented barley bread and as saying: "I am soup whose taste had changed. `Adiyy later said that he was not a king. he was greatly displeased and cautioned Abu Tharr never to make scornful remarks to anyone.” The Prophet once saw a wealthy Muslim gathering up his loose garments so that a certain distance would be kept between himself and a poor Muslim sitting close by. He remarked: “Do you fear that his poverty will cling to you?” The Prophet lived like any ordinary person. and to accord equal treatment to all. what my fate in the next world will be. even although I am Allaah‟s messenger. He also reported the Prophet Allaah's servant.'' On one of his journeys. and did not assume any superior rights.” His self-deprecation was such that he once said: “By Allaah. The Jew came to demand the immediate return of the loan a few days before the . He once had to borrow some money from a Jew called Zayd bin Sana‟a. One said that he would slaughter the animal.

he jibed that the progeny of „Abd Al-Muttalib were always defaulters.expiry of the stipulated period.” He then requested „Umar to get some dates so that the loan could be repaid. sitting. . `Umar not being able to tolerate this misbehavior on the part of the Jew. started berating him. and was on the point of beating him when the Prophet said to the Jew. smiling: “There are still three days to go before the promise has to be fulfilled. Tugging at the mantle around the Prophet‟s shoulders. His way of talking. eating and every aspect of his life reflected humbleness. and to give the Jew an extra forty kilograms for the rebuke he had been given. walking.” To „Umar he said: “We might have had better treatment from you. You could have advised me to be more careful about the return of loans and you could have advised the Jew to be more courteous in demanding repayment. We can say that humbleness is seen in every sphere of the Prophet‟s life.