The Prophet (SM) was very modest and shy. If he was offended by someone's remarks in a gathering he remained silent. His displeasure showed only on his face. Once he had made up his mind, he used to get things done as he had decided. Befare the Battle of Uhud, he consultad the Companions, who agreed that they should fight the enemy. However, when the Prophet returned dressed ready for battle, they asked him to reverse the decision. The Prophet refused, saying that a Prophet does not change his mind.
The Prophet (SM) was very braveo Once, there was a rumour in Madina that the enemy was about to attack the town. Though everyone rushed to prepare far battle, the Prophet was the first to come out and look far the enemy. He was never afraid of danger.
Simplicity was another feature of the Prophet (SM) scharacter. In his habits, dress and lifestyle, he never sought luxury and comfort. He took whatever was offered to him. He wore whatever simple clothes were available. Once, he went to 'A'isha's house and found some ornamental wark on the ceiling. He tare it down at once and told her that Allah (SWT) had not given wealth for ornamentation. Once, when he noticed that Fatima was wearing a gold necklace, he said to her: 'Will you not feel bad if someone says that there isa necklace of fire around the neck of the Prophet's daughter?'
Some of the Companions used to devote the greater part of their time to prayers and other acts of worship. In doing this, they sometimes neglected their family duties. The Prophet discouraged this. Once, he was told that Abdullah ibn 'Umar (Ra) had vowed to fast and to pray throughout the night. When Ibn 'Umar confirmed that this was his intention, the Prophet (SM) told him to remember that he had certain obligations to his wives and family, as well as to his own body.
When calling upon someone, the Prophet was very careful not to stand directly in front of the door. He stood to the side of the door so that he could not see into the house.
The Prophet (SM) was very particular about c1eanliness. Once, when he saw someone dressed in dírty c1othes, he asked him to Improve his appearance.
When speaking he often paused so that others could follow him. He never interrupted anyone. He simply ignored offensive remarks. Most of the time he remained silent. He used to talk only about important matters. Although he would often srnile, he never laughed.
The Prophet was ever-conscious of Allah (SWT) and always tried to please Him. He always remembered Allah (SWT) while in the company of his Companions or wives. He used to rise immediately on hearing the call for Prayer. He spent most of the night in prayers. Sometimes he prayed throughout the night and recited long verses from the Qur'an. Once, he said in a very moving manner: 'O Children of Abd Manaf! I cannot save you against Allah (SWT). O Abbas, son of 'Abd al-Muttalib, O Safiyya, O Fatima, I cannot save any of you from Allah (SWT).'
A Companion reported that he once visited the Prophet and found him so engrossed in prayer that he was sobbing loudly. Once, when the Prophet (SM) visited a grave he started weeping. He wept so much that the soil was moistened. He always urged others to live the kind of life that would assure them of entry to Heaven.
The Prophet (SM) character and conductwere intended to be an example for all Muslims at all times. We should strive to live as he lived, for that is the only way to gain Allah's pleasure.
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