Ways of The Prophet (S.A.W)

by Sheikh Muhammad Abdul Hai Arifi

Forbearance and perseverance

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was most patient and forbearing when subjected to persecution. He would pardon anyone who had done him wrong and would treat kindly anybody who had maltreated him. To anyone who had refused to give to him, he would give generously. In short he always repaid evil with good. If he had two alternatives before him, he would adopt the convenient (less difficult) one, provided it was not a sin. (By this example he has permitted facility and convenience to his followers. It is also common experience that those who are inclined to ease and convenience by nature, prescribed the same for others.)

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) never took revenge from anyone for his own person. Apart from Jihad he never struck any man or animal a blow. [Shamail-e-Tirmizi, Nashrut-Tib]

Hadrat ‘Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated:

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) never struck anybody with his own hand - neither a slave nor a woman (wife or bond woman) except in Jihad. I have never seen him taking revenge for any offence done to him. But if any of the prohibitory command of ALLAAH was disregarded, his anger would know no bounds. [Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

Once a Bedouin came to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and seizing hold of his wrap, tugged at it so hard that his neck was bruised, said, ‘Have corn loaded on these camels of mine. If you do this, you will not be parting with your own riches or those of your father’s (meaning that everything available in the Baitul MaI belongs to the public and not you). The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) replied: I will give you nothing unless you compensate me for tugging at my wrap. The man said that he would give no compensation. But the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) smiled and ordered corn to be loaded on the Bedouin’s camels. [Khasail-e-Nabawi]