Though they collected booty from their battles, the Muslims did not become wealthy. Nor was there any change in the Prophet(SM) lifestyle. He did not begin living a life of comfort and luxury. Whatever was in the Prophet (SM) house was always shared out among the needy and the destitute. The Prophet used to say that a piece of cloth for covering the body and dry bread is sufficient for anyone. According to 'A'isha, the Prophet (SM) had only one set of clothes.
Often there was no food in the Prophet (SM) house. He would not eat dinner for several days. Sometimes months would pass when food was not prepared every day in his kitchen. Often he only had dates to eat. Sometimes the Companions sent him milk, but 'A'ishah reported that the Prophet (SM) did not have a proper meal during the time he was in Madina.
Once, a hungry man came to the Prophet (SM) house and asked for food. He sent him to one of his wives. However, there was no food there. He sent him to another wife, but again there was no food. The same thing happened with all the Prophet (SM) wives. None of them had anyfood. They could only offer water to the hungry mano.
One day, the Prophet left his house at noon without having had any food. He then met Abu Bakr (Ra) and 'Uthman who also had not eaten that day. The Prophet (SM) then went to Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Ra) house who, when he saw the Prophet ran to meet him and offered him a bunch of dates. He also prepared a meal for the Prophet. The Prophet ate a little food and then asked Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Ra) to send some food to his daughter Fatima who had not had anything to eat for days.
The Prophet (SM) was very fond of his daughter Fatima. However, he never gave her anything of value such as ornaments or property. Fatima herself attended to the household chores. She fetched water and baked bread. Once, when she asked the Prophet to get a slave to help in the house, the Prophet told her to recite a special prayer instead. At one time, several boy and girl slaves were presented to the Prophet and Fatima asked him to give her one of the slaves. The Prophet told her that other destitute Muslims were more deserving than her.
The Prophet (SM) did not like to be in debt to others. Even at the time of his migration from Makka, when Abu Bakr (Ra) presented him with a camel for the journey he paid him tor the r amel. If he accepted a gift from someone, he always gave a gift in return. The Prophet was always very tair in his dealings. He used to say that the best person is the one who repays his debt quickly. Once, when he borrowed él cantel. he returned a better camel. Also, when he misplaced a pot which he had borrowed. he paid the owner for the pot.
The Prophet always kept his word. He never betrayed anyone. One of the clauses of the Hudaibiyya Treaty was that a Makkan Muslim would be sent back to the Makkans if they asked for his return. When Abu Jandal, a Makkan Muslim migrated to Madina, he pleaded with the Prophet not to return him to the unbelieving Makkans. The Muslims were very disturbed by Abu [andal's plight, but the Prophet told him: 'o Abu [andal! Have patience, I cannot break my word. Allah will certainly find a way for you.'
The Prophet (SM) always told the truth. This was even acknowledged by his worst enernies. Abu Iahl said: 'O Muhammad (SM)! I do 110t hold you to be a liar, although I do not believe in what you preach.'
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