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

[From the traditions
reported by Hasan Ibn Ali (Radi Allahu Ta’ala’anhu)]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was all the
time anxious about the Hereafter. He never relaxed and never spoke unless
necessary. His silence used to be long. He used to speak distinctly from
beginning to end. His speech was comprehensive with few but meaningful words.
His discourses made a clear distinction between right and wrong without being
irrelevant or sketchy. His nature was congenial, free from harshness and he
never addressed anyone disparagingly. He esteemed every blessing even if it was
small and never spoke ill of any blessing. He esteemed every blessing even if
it was small and never spoke ill of any blessing. But he never praised or found
fault with any eatable. (He did not find fault with it because it was a
blessing and did not speak highly of it as this is more often due to greed and
pleasing taste).

Nobody could face his anger when anybody opposed any
righteous thing until he was able to establish the truth. He never lost temper
for his own person nor revenged himself. If he had to point to something during
speech he would move his whole arm. If he had to express surprise at any-thing
he would stretch his head and turn it so that the palm was visible. While
speaking, he would strike the palm of his left hand in the thumb of his right
hand. When angry, he would avert his face or change from one side to the other.
When pleased he would look forward with modesty. His laughter was often only a
smile and the teeth that became visible looked (white) like hail-stone.
[Nashrut-Tib, Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) knew all the
dialects of Arabia. Umm Moid (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) has related that he was
elegant and clear in his speech. He was neither taciturn as to indulge in
random talk. He was remarkably eloquent. [Nashrut-Tib]

Hadrat Jabir bin Abdullah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu)
narrated that the conversation of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
was very clear and according to Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) the
Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to speak in such a manner that
one could count the words if he so desired. [Nashrut-Tib]

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated that like
ordinary people, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) did not speak
rapidly, running his words into one another, but enunciated each syllable
distinctly so that what he spoke was imprinted in the memory of those who sat
beside him. [Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allahu Ta’ala’anhu) narrated that the
Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) would (sometimes) repeat his words
(if necessary) even thrice so that these could be grasped well.
[Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

If a mention of the details of any matter was considered
indecent, he, Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) spoke about it
metaphorically.

While the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) spoke,
he had a smile on his lips as well as a pleasing disposition. [Nashrut-Tib]

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