Allah Almighty states
in the Qur’aan:
“And verily you (Oh Muhammad) are on an exalted character” (68:4)
Allah is specifically describing the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) regarding his characteristics and his behaviour towards the people. Allah has not only talked about the Prophet’s (S.A.W0 characteristics in this verse but other places in the Holy Qur’aan.
In order to understand and take into consideration the attributes of the Prophet (S.A.W) let us look at a few incidents and a few other qualities of the Prophet (S.A.W) mentioned in the Hadith related by the Sahaaba. It is reported by Imam Bukhari (R.A) in his book. Hazrat Usama bin Zaid relates: “Once the Prophet (S.A.W) rode a donkey which was equipped with a thick cloth-covering and I was behind the Prophet (S.A.W). Whilst we were going, we past by a gathering in which Abdullah bin Ubai Salool (the leader of the hypocrites) was present and in that gathering there were people of different religion i.e. Muslims, Idolaters, Jews and Pagans. When the cloud of dust raised by the donkey reached the gathering, Abdullah bin Ubai covered his nose with his garment and said, “Do not cover us with dust.” The Prophet (S.A.W) greeted them, dismounted his donkey and invited them to Islam so that they may embrace Islam. Then the Prophet (S.A.W) recited to them the Holy Qur’aan. Just then Abdullah bin Ubai said, “There is nothing better than what you recite unto us. If it the truth, then do not give us any trouble with this and recite it unto whosoever you see.” (In other words your tales). Then Abdullah bin Rawaha (R.A) who was also present in the gathering stood up and said, “Yes, O Messenger (S.A.W) recite unto us whatever you have because we love it.” Thereupon the Muslims, Jews and Pagans started abusing one another until they were on the verge of fighting then the Prophet (S.A.W) went up to them and started quietening them until everything was settled. Then the Prophet (S.A.W) mounted his donkey and rode off.”
In another Hadith it is stated that during the time in Makkah, the beginning of Islam, when the Prophet (S.A.W) would proceed outside and invite the people towards Allah in order to embrace Islam, he would be tortured and persecuted but he always observed patience. Once the Prophet (S.A.W) passed by a house of an old woman. When she would know that the Prophet (S.A.W) would pass by her house, she would place sharp pins on the floor for the Prophet (S.A.W) to walk over and be hurt and this happened for several days continuously. When the Prophet (S.A.W) passed by her house he customarily expected her to do her customary job, but she didn’t. The Prophet (S.A.W) decided to pay her a visit on hearing that she was ill. When she saw the Prophet (S.A.W) she was astonished thinking that how could it be possible, the same person that I used to torture now pays a visit to me.
In another Hadith it is stated that the Prophet (S.A.W) never used bad language and never raised his hands over his wife or slave except in Jihaad. Hazrat Anas (R.A) relates, “for 10 years I used to serve the Prophet (S.A.W) from the time he emigrated to Madinah till the day he passed away and never did the Prophet (S.A.W) raise his hands over me nor did he say to me regarding something I had done, “Why did you do it like this?”
It is for these reasons that people started to embrace Islam and his love increased inside the hearts of the Sahaaba each time they would see him. May Allah give us the ability to inculcate these attributes inside ourselves and peace and blessings be upon the Prophet (S.A.W), his family, his companions and all of the pious people.