[Summarised from Sublime etiquettes and Mannerisms of Nabi (S.A.W)]
Sa’d ibn Hisham (R.A) mentions that once he went into the presence if A’isha (R.A) and requested her to explain Nabi (S.A.W)’s noble character. She asked: “Do you not recite the Quran?” I, (Sa’d (R.A)), replied: “Alhamdulillah, I recite the Quran daily.” She thereafter said: “The Quran Kareem was His (S.A.W)’s character.”
This is because Nabi (S.A.W)’s training and instruction was done through the Quran and the training and instruction of the entire Mankind was to be done through Nabi (S.A.W). Every moment of Nabi (S.A.W)’s pure life, including His (S.A.W)’s conditions during war and peace, is a clear testimony that all Nabi (S.A.W)’s efforts were directed towards perfecting good character and beautifying people with the jewels of etiquettes.
Once the daughter of Hatim Tai, who was well known for his generosity and nobility amongst the Arabs, was caught during a battle and brought to Nabi (S.A.W). She said: “Oh Muhammad (S.A.W), I am the daughter of the chief of my people. My father was very loyal and would always fulfil his pacts. He would free prisoners and would feed those who were hungry. He never rejected the request of any person in need. I am the daughter of Hatim Tai. If you feel it appropriate, then free me and do not grant my enemies any opportunity to be pleased.” Nabi (S.A.W) answered: “This is exactly the character of the Muslims. If your father was a Muslim, we would have made dua for him.” Nabi (S.A.W) then commanded that she be freed because her father loved noble character, and Allah loves noble character.
During the conquest of Makkah, when Nabi (S.A.W) and the huge army of Sahabah (R.A) were advancing towards Makkah Mukarramah, one man appeared and, thinking this Jihad to be like that of other kings, remarked, “If you want beautiful women and red camels, then attack the tribe of Banu Mudhlaj (because there was an abundance of them there).” Answering him, Nabi (S.A.W) said: “Allah has prohibited me from attacking the Banu Mudhlaj because these people join family ties and fulfil the rights of their close ones.”
Anas (R.A) says that Nabi (S.A.W) did not leave any good action which He (S.A.W) did not call them and which He (S.A.W) did not show them its reality, and He (S.A.W) did not leave any wrong which He (S.A.W) did not warn them or prevent them from.
Before Nabi (S.A.W) was sent as a Nabi, Allah had already praised Rasoolullah (S.A.W) in the first line of the Taurat in the following words, “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. He is my chosen servant. He is neither ill-mannered nor rude. He does not shout in the market places. He does repay evil with evil but forgives and overlooks.”. These praises are also found in the Injil.
In this manner, Nabi (S.A.W) taught His (S.A.W)’s Sahabah (R.A) etiquettes and manners, and called them towards the best character and manners.
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Love and Duas,