It has been narrated by a man of Bani Sawa: I asked Hadrat
Aishah about the disposition of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam).
She replied, ‘Do you not find in the Holy QURAAN? You are of a high standard of
character (meaning that the QURAAN bears testimony that his disposition was of
the highest standard. This description of his manners is enough). Then I asked
her to tell me something about it which may come as a commentary on this verse.
Hadrat Aishah said, “Once I cooked some food for him and Hadrat Hafsah also did
the same. I asked my maidservant to go (and see) if Hadrat Hafsa brings meals
and serves it before mine is served. Hafsa brought the meals and my maid-servant
upset the plate, which fell down and was broken. (However the food fell on the
piece of leather spread for serving meals and the eatables were not wasted).
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) collected the food and told
Hadrat Hafsa “Settle your account with Aishah” i.e. take a plate in replacement
of your one.
It has been narrated by a man of Bani Sawa: I asked Hadrat
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was
scrupulous in maintaining a treatment of justice and equity towards his wives
without making any discrimination among them. But so far as love is concerned,
he used to say: “O Allaahl All things over which I have control, I have divided
equally among them. But do Thou not condemn me for that which is beyond my
sway.” (By the former were meant social obligations and by the latter love and
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) resorted to
divorce also but withdrew it. He also exercised El’a (Vow for separation from a
wife for a certain period) so far as his wives were concerned.
ALLAH (magnified be His Glory) had provided the Holy
Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) with special ways and means to enable him
to achieve the objectives of both his public and family life. Accordingly there
were two groups who served to transmit methodically and scrupulously the
details of every aspect of the Prophet’s (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) life for
the guidance and instruction of the mankind.
Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the
Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) left neither dinars nor dirhams,
neither a goat nor a camel. In another tradition from – Umar lbn Haris (Radi
Allahu Ta’ala’anhu) the Prophet left nothing save a few weapons, a mule and a
small plot of land, which has, in fact, been already given away as Sadaqa
It has been narrated by Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala
Anhu) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) performed Hajj riding
on an old saddle covered with a piece of coarse woolen material not worth more
than a few dirhams.
He owned a coat of mail, bows, arrows, spears and shields.
He had also three gowns which he used on occasions of Jihad (religious
He had a staff which he used to carry while walking about.
He used it also as a support for riding, and hung it from his seat on the
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to
sleep on a leather mattress stuffed with the bark of date-palm, or on ordinary
mat, or on a piece of canvas or leather or sometimes on a bedstead plaited with
rush strings. At home he sometimes sat resting on a pillow. [Zad-ul-Ma’ad]
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) liked the
canvas on which he rested to be folded only once and during sleep, the sound of
his breathing was quite noticeable.
Hadrat Bara’ (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that while
resting the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to place his right
hand under his right cheek and recite the following supplication:
“O Lord! Save me from Thy punishment on the Day of
Hazrat Huzaifa (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the
Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to recite the following
supplication on going to bed:
O Allaah! With Thy name I die and live. [Shama’il -e-
It has been stated earlier that Abdullah ibn ‘Amr was specifically instructed by Holy Prophet (SAWS) to write Ahadith. He therefore compiled a big script and named it “Al Sahfah al Sadiqah” (The script of Truth). Abdullah ibn ‘Amr was very precautious in preserving this script. Mujahid, one of his favorite pupils says, “I went to Abdullah ibn Amr and took in hand a script placed beneath his cushion. He stopped me. I said, “you never save anything from me.” He replied,
The Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was very generous. ( He never said ‘No’ to anyone asking him for anything. If he had it, he would give it at once; if not, he would gently ask the man to come for it some other time. [lbn Sa’d]
He was true to his word. In all matters he chose ease and convenience. He took care of all his companions and often inquired about their circumstances. If he had to go out at night he would rise, put on his sandals, open the door and step out, all so quietly as to disturb no one. Similarly, whenever he re-entered the house he would walk slowly and greet in a low tone, so that no one was disturbed in his or her sleep, [Zad uI-Ma’ad]
Whenever the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) received any money or charity, he would not enter his home until he had disbursed the whole of it among the poor and deserving people. [Nashrut-Tib]
Whenever the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) came across a destitute person, he would give away even his meals to him or her in disregard of his own need. His beneficence and generosity had diverse forms. Sometimes he would give somebody something as a donation, sometimes as a gift. At other times he would give someone his or her right. Now and again he would buy some cloth and after paying the price would make a present of the cloth to the seller, or pay more than the named price. Occasionally he would accept a present and then pay a reward several times more in value. [Madarij-un-Nabuwah]