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A Glimpse at the Best Traits of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“I have not been sent except to perfect the ethical system” [1]

Morality is such an invaluable asset for humans in this worldly life and the Hereafter that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has introduced it as the only goal of his prophetic mission. It is also noticeable in the following verse of Quran that Prophets were sent by Allah to improve humanity:

Allah certainly favored the faithful when He raised up among them an apostle from among themselves to recite to them His signs and to purify them and teach them the Book and wisdom, and earlier they had indeed been in manifest error” (3:164)

Moreover, humans naturally seek and look up to role models who have successfully personified all the perfect qualities. One of the shining examples of such models to follow is undoubtedly the last Messenger of God, Muhammad (PBUH) who possesses all the best personality traits:

and indeed you possess a great character” (68:4)

There is certainly a good exemplar for you in the Apostle of Allah (i.e., Muhammad (PBUH))” (33:21)

Let’s have a glimpse at some of his most prominent characteristics in this short article:

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1. Honesty

Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) truthfulness and honesty were so famous among his most noble attributes, from his tender age and before he was chosen as the Messenger of God, that the people of that time would call him al-Amin (the trustworthy). This characteristic of his reached the extent that almost everyone in Mecca would put their money, valuables, and savings in the hands of Prophet (PBUH) for safekeeping. Even, after he was called for prophethood, despite all their hostility to him, the Quraysh[i] still continued depositing their treasure with him.

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2. Simple living

In spite of all his responsibilities as a prophet, Muhammad (PBUH) would do all his personal chores himself as well as helping his family with the household work; he used to patch his clothes, mend his shoes, and milk his goat with his own hands. He would eat simple food, wear simple clothes and travel in a simple manner. It is not that he could not afford a rich lifestyle; there were stages in prophet’s (PBUH) life when he had reasonable income from his trading. In fact, he chose to lead a simple life. He preferred to live on what was sufficient and as normally as any other simple Muslim. When he acquired great wealth, he did not hold on to it for himself, rather he gave it to the poor and spent it for the good of the society.

 

3. Regularity and cleanliness

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) showed great orderliness in all aspects of his life, from his personal matters to all social, political and economic affairs. He paid attention to his appearance; and was greatly fond of using perfume and spent so much money on that; he also encouraged his followers to do the same and to keep their bodies and houses clean. One of the great values taught by the prophet (PBUH) was in regard to the importance of time. He urged people to choose the right moment for carrying out certain activities; he would divide his day to three parts, one for saying prayers to God, one for his family, and a part for himself, which he would share with people. He has said in a narration about self- discipline that “God loves it if any of you does a job, he/she does it perfectly” [2].

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4. Kindness

In his social life as well as his family life, prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was always kind, affectionate and respectful to people. He was known to have a pleasant smile on his face which never faded away. He took the lead to extend greetings to those he knew and those he did not know, including children and slaves. The holy prophet (PBUH) also showed great love and tenderness to children; he seated them on his lap, put them on his shoulders and kissed them. He was extremely kind to his slaves too. He told people that the slaves were their brothers. He took a great interest in the welfare of all people, had great compassion for people in trouble and would do his best to remove their sufferings [3].

 

5. Respect for women

Women in pre-Islamic Arabia would face nothing but neglect from the society; all their personal and societal rights were disregarded to the extent that killing and burying female infants alive was a very common practice among them. But Islam, from its very beginning, recognized the importance of women and considered the lives of both men and women to be precious. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) commanded others to fulfill women's rights and to honor their individuality and he showed a particular form of respect towards women himself while implementing these principles. An example of his respect towards women is his being helpful to his wives. He has said in this regard: “Beware, the best of you is he who is the best towards his women, and I am the best among all of you toward my women” [4].

Along with these few traits, he possessed so many other great characteristics that anybody wishes to attain. His life was full of examples of perseverance, modesty, generosity, piety, love, mercy, forbearance, bravery, and many many other ones. Surely, that’s why God and His angels bless our holy Prophet (PBUH):

Indeed Allah and His angels bless the Prophet; O you who have faith! Invoke blessings on him and invoke Peace upon him in a worthy manner” (33:56)

 

Notes:

[i] A powerful merchant tribe that controlled Mecca and its Kaaba and that according to Islamic tradition descended from Ishmael. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born into the Banu Hashim clan of the Quraysh tribe.

 

Reference:

[1] Shaykh Ali Namazi, Mustadrak Safinat al-Bihar, volume 1, page 410

[2] kanz ul amal: 9128

[3] http://islam.ru/en/content/story/kindness-prophet-muhammad-pbuh

[4] https://www.al-islam.org/perfect-role-model-prophet-islam-himmat-suhrab-pur/respect-towards-women

[5] https://www.al-islam.org/glance-life-holy-prophet-islam-dar-rah-haqq/chapter-18-morals-and-behaviour-holy-prophet

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