His bedding


Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Sunday, August 31st, 2008

It has been narrated by Hadrat Imam Baqir (Radi Allaahu
Ta’ala Anhu) that on being asked what sort of bedding the Holy Prophet
(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had in his house, Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu
Ta’ala Anha) replied, It consisted of a leather mattress filled with the bark
of date palm.’ On being asked the same question, Hadrat Hafsa (Radi Allaahu
Ta’ala Anha) replied, It consisted of a piece of canvas which we folded into
two before spreading it for the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) to
sleep on. Once I thought that if I folded it into four it would be more
comfortable. So I did that. Next morning, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi
Wa SaIIam) asked me, what was it that you spread for my bed last night? I
replied, ‘It was the usual piece of canvas, only I had folded it fourfold to make
it softer. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, ‘Let it be as
it was before. Its softness prevented my saying the Tahajjud (midnight) prayer
last night.” [Shama’il-e-Tirmizi]

It is related in a number of traditions that his bed was sometimes
a piece of canvas and sometimes only a mat made of palm leaves.

In a number of traditions it has been reported that
whenever the noble companions of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
requested him to have soft bed, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa SaIlam)
used to say, What have I to do with worldly ease and comfort. I am like a
wayfarer who treading his path sits in the shade of a tree for a little rest
and after a short while sets out again.” [Khasail-e-Nabawi]

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated: Once a
woman of the Ansar saw that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) had
spread his mantle for bedding. She made a bedding filled with wool and sent it
to me for the use of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). When the
Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) came and noticed, it, he asked what
it was. I told him that it had been sent for him by a certain woman of the
Ansar. He directed it to be returned to her at once. As I liked it, I was not
willing to return it, but the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
insisted and said, “If I so desire, ALLAH (magnified be His glory) can move
mountains of gold and silver for me. So I returned the bed.”

Hadrat Abdullah lbn Mas’d (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu)
narrated: “I once came to the Holy Prophet (SallaIIahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) when
he was resting on a mat made of palm leaves. Marks of the leaves were
noticeable on his noble body. Seeing this I began to weep. Seeing this Holy
Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) asked me what it was that made me cry. I
said, ‘O Apostle of ALLAH! The Caesar and Kisra rest on beds of velvet and silk
and yourself on this mat!’ The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said,
there is nothing to lament. For them is the comfort of this world and for us
that of the Hereafter. [Khasa’il-e-Nabawi]

It has been narrated by Hadrat Aishah (Radi AIlaahu Ta’ala
Anha) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to perform his
Salaah on a mat of palm leaves. (lbn-e-Sad)

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