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Some Beautiful Moral Qualities Of Muhammad ('alaihi 's-salam)


He never lied, neither for worldly affairs nor concerning matters of the Hereafter. If he had lied once in his lifetime, his furious enemies would have raced with one another in spreading it far and near. Before or during his prophethood, he was never seen doing something unseemly. Though he was ummi, [that is, he had never received an education from anybody], his speech was fluent and sweet. For this reason he said, "I am gifted with jawami' al-kalim (ability to give much information in a few words). "

He put up with many inconveniences for communicating Allahu ta'ala's religion. In fact, it was for this reason that he said, "No other Prophet suffered the tortures I have suffered. " He suffered them all. He never gave up his duties. After his enemies were subdued and everyone accepted his commandments, no change took place in his beautiful morality, compassion or modesty.

Throughout his lifetime, he pleased everyone. He never felt superior to anybody. To all his umma (His followers), he was as compassionate as a father [to his children]. It was on account of his extraordinary compassion that he was commanded, "Do not feel sorry about their wrong acts!" in the eighth ayat [1] of the Surat al-Fatir [2], and, "Should you destroy yourself by sorrowing over their wrong deeds?" in the sixth ayat of the Surat al-Kahf.

His generosity was beyond limit. To brake this, the twenty-ninth ayat of the Surat al-Isra was revealed to him: "Do not be so open-handed as to give away all your property!" He never looked at the world's temporary and deceptive beauties. During the days when he first announced his prophethood, the notables of Quraish said to him, "We shall give you as much property as you like. We shall marry you to the girl of your choice. We shall give you any position of authority you want. But give up this sort of thing. " He did not even turn to look at them. He was merciful and modest towards the poor and the destitute, and dignified and serious towards those who owned much property and land.

[1] ayat: A verse of al-Qur'an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima.
[2] suura(t): a Qur'anic chapter [a chapter of the Qur'an].