Allah SWT gave our Nabi ﷺ the most Mubaarak features in the entire Ummah. Nabi ﷺ had the most radiant face, beautifully created. It was brighter and more handsome than the moon in its full entirety. Once, Umm-ul-Mu’mineen Hazrat Aishah RA lost her needle from her sewing in the dark. She was on the ground, searching for her needle and did not find it. So she said, “Yaa Rasoolullah, I cannot find it.” He moved his face close, and by the radiance of his face reflecting off the needle, she found her needle.
Nabi ﷺ had a beautiful appearance, with a beautiful character as well; with his outer beauty came his inner beauty. Our Nabi ﷺ had the best sense of compassion and mercy to all of mankind. We Muslims should try and beautify our character and inner side as well because it is one of the most important traits a person can have. Having good character and conduct with other people, Muslim or non-Muslim, is one thing we should all strive for, no matter how people treat us - kindly or rudely. If Allah’s Nabi ﷺ, the most beloved to all from mankind, was able to make Du’a for those who ridiculed him, we should be able to try our best to strive in following the way of his life.
This nasheed tells of a true incident that happened to Nabi ﷺ. Once, Nabi ﷺ saw an old lady carrying a heavy load of her things in the heat by herself. So he asked if he could help carry her load. She did not know him and agreed. It was a long walk, but Nabi ﷺ was always compassionate, so he did not let that stop him from helping an old stranger. As they walked, the old woman started telling Nabi ﷺ all about how she hated the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The whole journey she ranted on and on about what a horrible man he was and how he was leading people in the wrong direction. Nabi ﷺ, with his patient character, tolerated all this without saying anything. He did not reveal his identity, nor did he put down the heavy loads he was carrying for her. Instead, he chose the best but most difficult thing to do in such a situation: He kept his peace and did not say anything against her.
It was only at the end of their journey that the old woman realized who this man was. She was extremely surprised because here she was, speaking against him in a hard manner, but he was tolerating all her words without arguing or revealing himself. Nabi ﷺ had the utmost patience and compassion that drew in people from everywhere towards the Deen. He preached Islam gently and kindly, staying firm and steadfast in his ways. Upon experiencing the compassion of Nabi ﷺ herself, the old woman readily embraced Islam. Nabi’s ﷺ beautiful character showed her the beauty of Deen; even his character was a means of Dawah for the people to experience.
A Hadith in Riyaadhus Saaliheen tells a story of Nabi ﷺ. He passed by a woman who was crying by a grave, so he said, “Fear Allah and have patience.” Then she said, “(Go) away from me, verily for verily my grief has not reached you.” And she did not recognize him, so it was said to her, “Verily he is the Nabi ﷺ." So she came to the door of the Nabi ﷺ and she did not find any doorkeepers by it. So she said, “I did not recognize you.” And he said, “Verily patience is with the first sudden stroke (of grief).”
This Hadith highlights the superiority of Nabi’s ﷺ character. The woman did not behave properly to Nabi ﷺ because she was so grief – stricken. But he was not angry nor annoyed and so he did not demand respect form her, nor revealed himself to her so that she could apologize. He was again willing to give her advice, even when she acted like that out of her grief. He sets an example for those people who want to do Da’wah. Nabi ﷺ was willing to give advice to those who need it, no matter how people treated him. You should not behave rudely with others even if they are doing so to you, because there may be a difficult trial they are going through, so that would make them feel worse.
There is a Hadith in Imam Nawawi’s book of Riyaadhus Saaliheen:
عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى االله عليه وسلم قال: يدخل الجنة أقوام أفئدتهم مثل أفئدة الطير
On the authority of Hazrat Abu Hurayrah RA, he narrates that Nabi ﷺ said: A group of people will enter Jannah; their hearts will be like the hearts of birds. It is interpreted in two ways:
- . The people’s hearts will have trust in Allah SWT like a bird’s heart does when it leaves in the morning hungry and returns in the evening full.
- . Their hearts are tender.
These two qualities of a Muslim, including the tender hearts, must be highly valued by Muslims because they grant the ticket to Jannah and are a means of way to it. Nabi ﷺ had the most tender heart of mankind. He was patient and compassionate with all of Allah’s creations, including animals. This is a very important quality of the Nabi ﷺ that we as a Muslim Ummah should take over. Nabi ﷺ, out of his beautiful character, was able to call people towards Islam. His very character was Da’wah to the people around him; many people came into Islam when they experienced it.