The long suffering, patience and forgiving nature of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) are the highest qualities of Prophet-hood. According to a tradition, the Holy Prophet never revenged himself for any personal or financial matter. The hardest suffering fell to the lot of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) in the battle of UHUD, when the unbelievers fought against him and caused him severest grief and affliction, he not only contended himself to suffer, be patient and forgive, but taking pity on them also excused them for their misbelief and ignorance, and said,
“O’ ALLAAH I Show my people the right path, for they know not”.
In another tradition, the words;
(‘O Allaah! Forgive them’) are also included. When the Companions who felt grieved at this, said, “O Apostle of ALLAAH! would that you had cursed them, so that they were annihilated”, he replied. “I have not been sent to curse, but to call people to the truth, and as a mercy for the creation”. (Ash-Shifa, Madarij -un- Nubuwah)