Nabi (S.A.W) was afflicted with the most difficulties, and yet it goes without saying that Nabi (S.A.W) was the most patient. It is mentioned in one Hadith by Rasoolullah (S.A.W) himself that no Nabi was as troubled as He (S.A.W), and no Nabi had to undergo what He (S.A.W) underwent.
Nabi (S.A.W) made Sabr when he was driven out of Makkah Mukarramah. He was forced to leave his own homeland and He (S.A.W) did so with no fuss or fight. As Nabi (S.A.W) was leaving, He (S.A.W) turns around, and says (something to the effect): “Oh Makkah, if it wasn’t for your people who drove me out, I would never have left you.” Nabi (S.A.W) endures this with patience.
If we look at how insults were hurled at our Rasool (S.A.W); calling him a sorcerer, and so forth Na’uzubillah. Some of the different insults are even mentioned in the Quran. Through it all, never once did Nabi (S.A.W) lose his cool. Nabi (S.A.W) never got angry, and neither did He (S.A.W) ever get impatient with our Ummahat-Al-Mu’mineen.
Forget the insults, the beatings that Nabi (S.A.W) got! A Sahaabi (R.A) narrates an incident that occurred on the Mataaf area where Nabi (S.A.W) was being choked by the Kuffar. The Sahaabi (R.A) says that you could actually see the Mubarak eyes of Nabi (S.A.W) bulging. Rasoolullah (S.AW) endured all of that and still made dua for the same people.
Then, Sabr in Tarbiyyat, in Ta’leem. The Bedouins came from villages with no manners or tariqah of asking questions or sitting in the company of our Rasool (S.A.W). They used to ask certain questions in very harsh ways. Once a Bedouin came to Nabi (S.A.W) and he yanked Nabi (S.A.W) by His (S.A.W)’s shawl. Sahaabah (R.A) say that it actually left red marks on the Mubarak neck of Rasoolullah (S.A.W). The Bedouin tells Nabi (S.A.W) something to the effect that: “The money in the Baitul Maal doesn’t belong to you, neither does it belong to your father. Load these camels up, I need some grain!” Nabi (S.A.W) doesn’t get indignant or upset at the way the Bedouin behaved. Instead, He (S.A.W) ordered the camel to be loaded with grain.
When the trench was being dug, Sahaabah (R.A) came to Nabi (S.A.W) and complained of how hungry they were; to the extent that each of them tied a stone to their stomach. Nabi (S.A.W) picked up His (S.A.W)’s kurta and showed them the two stones that He (S.A.W) had tied to His (S.A.W)’s belly. Up until that point, Nabi (S.A.W) was enduring the hunger with Sabr but when the Sahaabah (R.A) complained, then a Mu’jizah took place.
The poverty Nabi (S.A.W) endured by choice we cannot even begin to imagine. Nabi (S.A.W) was once sitting in Musjidun Nabawi and a Sahaabi (R.A) realises that Nabi (S.A.W) was very hungry. You could actually see it on His (S.A.W)’s Mubarak face. The Sahaabi (R.A) approaches Nabi (S.A.W) and Nabi (S.A.W) sends him to one of the houses to check if there is some food there. The Sahaabi (R.A) goes, and then comes back with the news that there is no food in the house. Nabi (S.A.W) told him to go to the next house. Like this, the Sahaabi (R.A) goes to all nine homes of Rasoolullah (S.A.W) and not in any house did he find food. Not even a date was found in all nine homes. Nabi (S.A.W) made Sabr and still never complained about anything.
These are only a few mentioned instances of the patience of Nabi (S.A.W). Nabi (S.A.W) endured all of this for our Deen.
[Summarised from The Noble Qualities Of Nabi-E-Kareem (S.A.W) by Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat [DB]]
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