His humor

Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Although an atmosphere of sobriety, seriousness and solemnity always prevailed in the assemblies of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) so much so that his noble Companions used to say: We sit in his company with such reverence and solemnity as if birds had perched on our heads and would fly away if we made even a slight movement. Yet flashes of the Prophet’s humor would keep the session agreeable, for if on the one hand, he would be preaching in keeping with the apostolic mission, on the other he would mix with his companions freely like an informal friend and a good humored fellow. While his assemblies had for the most part an atmosphere of a religious training centre and an institution of learning, they would sometimes turn for a little while into a gathering of witty but dignified and well mannered friends exchanging bits of humor and narrating every day affairs of home life. Briefly the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and his companions would discuss matters freely among themselves. We have to find out as to what the nature of his humor had been. This elucidation is necessary as due to following incorrect line of action in many matters, our views have undergone a change. Our thinking has gone astray and we have lost moderation in all matters, when we make ourselves serious and grave, we go to such an extent as to shun all wit and humor and if we assume pleasing dispositions, we go to such an extreme as to abandon all decorum and etiquette. As such in the Noble example of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) we have the best standard for us to follow. He has himself clarified his own humor. “Do you cut jokes (with us)? Asked his companions. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said,”l say nothing but truth” [Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

As against the above, we cut jokes which are full of UNTRUTH, BACKBITING, SLANDERING and UNCALLED FOR EXAGGERATIONS. We give some examples of the Holy Prophet’s (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) wits to enable us to form a correct idea about his humor. Thereafter we would mention only those instances which are indicative of the manner of his love for children.

A person came to him and requested him for a mount. He replied, I shall give you a she-camel’s child to ride on. “He asked, What shall I do with a she-camel’s child. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) replied, “Do any others than she-camels give birth to camels?”[Shamail-e-Tirmizi, Mishkat]

Once an old woman came to him and requested him to Dua to ALLAH to favor her with paradise. He said, “Old women will not enter paradise.” Having said this, he left for prayer and on hearing these words from the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) the old woman began to weep bitterly. When the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) returned after performing Salaah, Hadrat Aishah told him that the old woman was weeping since she had heard that old women would not enter paradise. He told (Hadrat Aishah) to tell her that old women would enter paradise but having become youthful. [Shamail-e-Nabawi, Mishkat]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) had a friend named Zahir who often used to send him presents. One day he (Zahir) was selling his goods in the market. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) came from behind and embracing him by way of humor called out, “Is there anybody to purchase this slave.” Zahir said, “Let me go. Who is this?” When he turned round he recognized the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and said, “O Messenger of ALLAH! Whoever will purchase a slave like me, will be purchasing worthless goods!” [Shamail-e-Nabawi, Mishkat]

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