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Exquisite Habits Of Rasûlullah

All the beautiful habits were accumulated in Rasûlullah. His beautiful habits were given to him by Allâhu ta'âlâ; he did not acquire them later by striving. He never cursed a Muslim by name, nor did he slap anybody with his blessed hand. He never took revenge for himself. He used to avenge for Allah's sake. He used to treat his relatives, companions and servants well and modestly. He was very mild and affable in his home. He used to visit the sick and attend funerals. He used to help his companions with their work and take their children on his lap. Yet his heart wasn't busy with them. His blessed soul was in the world of angels.

Fakhr-i'âlam (sall-Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam) was the most generous of human beings. He has never been heard to say, "I don't have," about something asked from him. If he had the thing asked for, he would give it; if he didn't have it, he would not answer. The Prophet had so many great attributes and had done so many favours for so many people that the Byzantine emperors and the Persian shahs could not do enough to compete with him. But he himself liked to live in inconvenience. He led such a life that he would not even remember to eat or drink. He never used words like "Bring something to eat," or "Cook such and such food." He used to eat when they brought the meal to him, and he used to accept whatever fruit they gave him. Sometimes he ate very little for months, and he liked hunger. And sometimes he ate much. He used to eat with three fingers. He didn't drink water after meals. He used to drink water seated. When he ate with others, he used to stop eating after everybody had finished. He used to accept presents from everybody. In response to someone who had brought him a present, he used to give much more.

It is written in the book Kimyâ-yi Sa'âdat, "Hadrat Abû Sa'id-i Khudrî 'radiy-Allâhu ta'âlâ anh' said: Rasûlullah would give grass to an animal. He would tie up a camel. He would sweep inside his house. He would milk the sheep. He would repair a hole in his shoes. He would patch his underwears. He would eat with his servant. When his servant got tired of grinding with small millstones, he would help him. He would go shopping and bring what he had bought in a sack to his home. When he met somebody, he would be the first to greet, whether the other was poor or rich, young or old. He, first, would hold out his blessed hand when he wanted to shake hands. He held the servant, the master, the black and the white as equal. He would go wherever he was invited, no matter who invited him. He would not despise what was put in front of him to eat, even if it were only a little. He would not reserve meals from evening to morning or from morning to evening. He was good-natured. He liked to do favours. He established friendly relations with everybody. He was affable and he spoke pleasantly. He wouldn't grin as he spoke. He would look sorry, but he would not frown. He was modest, but he was not low-natured. He was majestic; that is, he would inspire respect and awe. But he was not nasty. He was polite. He was generous, but he would not waste, nor would he give anything in vain. He used to pity everybody. He always bent his blessed head forward. He would not expect anything from anybody. He who wants happiness and ease should be like him."