Certain events

Hadith & Seerah, The Noble Traits of His Character, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Sunday, August 31st, 2008

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.

Note: The intention
behind compensation was to comfort Hadrat Hafsa (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) so
that she may not have the impression that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi
Wa Sallam) had tolerated the action of Hazrat Aisha. Giving so much
consideration to such petty matters is a positive proof of his extreme
kindness, civility and far-sightedness.

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated:

I brought some harra (a preparation of dry fruits, milk and
sugar) which I had prepared for him. I asked Hadrat Sauda (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala
Anha), who happened to be there, to join us but due to some reason she refused
to take. I told her: ‘Either you eat or I shall apply it on your face. Still
she did not agree. So I took some harrah in my hand and applied it on her face.
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) saw this and laughed. Then he
pressed me with his hand, (so that I might not be able to resist) and directed
Hadrat Sauda (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) to do the same and accordingly she also
applied the paste on my face. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
then laughed. [Jami-ul-Fawaid of Mousl]

Note: This is clear
indication of his civility and the love and good relationship among his wives.

Hadis: It has been
narrated by Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha). One night the Holy
Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) left me and went out. I under the
impression that he might have gone to one of his other wives, although this
impression was neither sound nor warranted in the light of his self-imposed
practice, even if justice in this matter was not an obligation on his part.
Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) could reasonably have been suspicious
but was helpless against nature. So she attributed it to jealousy which is
natural. [Nasrut-Tib]

Then he returned and seeing what I was doing in
nervousness, said, Aisha what has happened to you? Are you jealous? I replied,
There is no reason why a loving one like me should not be jealous of a loveable
one like you.” The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, Your Satan
seized you.” I asked him, “O Apostle of ALLAH! is there my Satan with me? He
replied, Yes. (it is not particular to you). Everyone has a Satan with him. I
asked with you too, O Apostle of ALLAH!” he replied “Yes But my Lord (Exalted
be his Glory) has provided me with requisite assistance to face the Satan so
much so that I am immune now.” (or according to another tradition the Holy Prophet
(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said that the Satan accepted

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala An ha) narrated:

Whenever the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
spoke about Hadrat Khadijah (Radi Allahu Ta’ala’anha) he spoke highly of her
and one day when he did so, I became envious of her and said, Why do you speak
so much about a women whose corners of the mouth were red (due to loss of teeth
the skin had turned red and become visible) and ALLAH (the most high) has given
you a better one (i.e. myself). He replied, “ALLAH has not given me better than
her. (In other words you are not better than her) because she came forward to
believe in me when others rejected me and bore testimony at a stage when others
denied my bonafide. She provided me with financial assistance at a time when
others held back their hands (i.e. no one showed any sympathy to me as after the
declaration of Prophethood, people had become malicious). And ALLAH (the most
high) also favored me with children by her, while I did not get children by
other wives”. [Musnad Ahmad]

(From the above it is evident that his affection for Hazrat
Khadijah was stronger than for Hadrat Aisha although the requisites of natural
affection were more in favor of Hadrat Aisha than Hadrat Khadijah)

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