The Noble Characteristics And Habits Of Rasûlullâh (Part 2)


The Life of Rasulallah / Sunday, August 31st, 2008

33. ‘Â’ishah and Abû Hurayrah radiyallâhu ‘anhumâ narrate that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to be distressed, he used grasp his beard in his hand.

34. ‘Uqbah bin ‘Âmir radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to apply surmah to his eyes an odd number of times. In another narration it is mentioned that he used to apply it three times in each eye.

35. Anas radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to complete eating, he used to lick his three fingers. He used to do this so that the sustenance of Allah does not go to waste.

36. Abû Mûsâ Ash‘arî radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to send anyone for any work, he used to say : “Speak to them in good way and do not create any animosity in them. Make things easy for them and do not impose any burdens on them.”

37. Sakhar bin Wadâah narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam intended despatching an army, he used to send it out early in the morning. This is because such a time is a blessed time. There is a greater possibility of one accomplishing whatever task one has departed for.

38. ‘Â’ishah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ narrates that it was the habit of Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam that when he learnt of any evil practice of a particular person, he would not announce openly by saying : “What is wrong with a certain person that he is doing so-and-so thing and saying so-and-so thing.” Instead, he used to say : “What is wrong with the people that they are doing so-and-so thing.” Glory be to Allah! What beautiful character he possessed and what type of scolding this was that he used to advise in such a way that he used to fulfil his objective, and the person concerned would not feel disgraced nor remorseful. Instead, he will value the advice and practice on it.

39. Abû Sa‘îd Khudrî radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam ate in the morning, he did not eat in the evening. And when he ate in the evening, he did not eat in the morning. What this means is that he used to have only one meal in the day – either in the morning or in the evening.

40 ‘Â’ishah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to make wudû, he used to offer two raka‘t of nafl salât if it was not a makrûh time. He would then go to the musjid for the fard salât.

41. Ibn ‘Abbâs radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that it was the habit of Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam that when winter used to start, he used to commence sleeping inside his house on a Thursday night. At the approach of summer, he used to commence sleeping outside on a Thursday night. When he used to don a new garment, he used to praise Allah, offer two raka‘t of nafl salât, and give the old garment to a needy person.

42. Hasan bin Muhammad bin ‘Alî narrates that when any wealth used to come to Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam in the morning, he did not keep it till the afternoon. If it came to him in the evening, he did not keep it till the night. In other words, he used to distribute it (or spend it) immediately.

43. Wâlid Murrah narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam had cause to laugh a lot, he used to cover his mouth with his hand. Occasionally, he used to be overtaken by excessive laughter. But generally, he only used to smile.

44. ‘Abdullâh bin Salâm radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to sit and engage in a conversation, he used to look up at the skies excessively.

45. Hudhayfah radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam encountered any difficulty, he used to offer two raka‘t of nafl salât. In doing this, one benefits internally, externally, in one’s worldly affairs, affairs of the hereafter, and one’s difficulty is also removed.

46. Mujâhid narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to propose to any woman and she refused, he did not mention it again. In other words, he did not insist. If she accepted his proposal, he would get married to her. If not, he did not disgrace himself by insisting or forcing someone. Once he proposed to a woman but she refused. Later, this woman came to him on her own accord and expressed her wish to marry him. He replied that he has already married another woman and that he does not need to marry at present.

47. ‘Â’ishah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to be alone with his wives, he used to portray a very soft and endearing nature, and speak to them in a good, joking manner.

48. Habîb bin Sâlih narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam went to relieve himself, he used to wear sandals and cover his head.

49. Abû Ayyûb Ansârî radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to make du‘, he used to make for himself first (and then on behalf of others).

50. Suhayl radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to be happy over a particular deed or word, he used to remain silent.

51. Umme Salamah narrates that when any of his wives’ eyes used to pain, Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to abstain from sleeping with her until she recovered.

52. Ibn Mubârak and Ibn Sa‘d narrate that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to attend a janâzah, he used to remain extremely silent and speak about death in his heart. Since a janâzah is a place from which one can draw a lesson, one should think about one’s own death, about the loneliness in the grave, and fear the punishment after death.

53. Abû Hurayrah radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to sneeze, he used to cover his face with his hand or a cloth and stifle the sneeze.

54. ‘Â’ishah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to commence with any good act, he used to continue with it.

55. Abû Hurayrah radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam was overcome by anger while he was standing, he used to sit down. If this happened while he was sitting, he would lie down. Changing one’s posture is a treatment for the cooling of one’s anger.

56. ‘Uthmân radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that on the completion of the burial of a person, Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam would remaining standing at the grave-side for a while. Those accompanying him would also stand with him. Furthermore, he would say : “Seek forgiveness for your dead brother and make dua that he remains steadfast because he is being questioned.” In other words, it is the time for Munkar and Nakîr to question him. Therefore make dua for him that he remains steadfast and is able to answer the questions correctly so that he does not experience any difficulty.

57. Abû Hurayrah radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to wear his kurta, he used to commence wearing it from the right-hand side. In other words, he used to insert his hand in the right sleeve first.

58. Anas radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that it was the blessed habit of Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallamthat when any of his Sahâbah met him (on the road), he would stop (walking) and the Sahâbî also used to stop. Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam would not leave as long as the Sahâbî did not leave. When any of his Sahâbah met him and wished to shake his hand, he would offer his hand to the Sahâbî and would not leave it as long as the Sahâbî did not leave it. Ibn Mubârak has added that Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam would not turn his face away from the Sahâbî as long as the latter did not turn away. When any Sahâbî met him and wished to whisper something into his ear, he would lend an ear to the person and would not withdraw it until the person completed what he had to say and withdrew himself from Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam.

59. Hudhayfah radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam met any of his companions, he would shake his hands and make dua for him.

60. Jundub radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam met any of his companions he would not shake his hands until he greeted him. In other words, Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam would greet first, and then shake his hands.

61. Ibn as-Sinnî narrates from the slave of an Ansârî that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam wished to call a certain person and did not know the latter’s name, he would address him as O ‘Abdullâh! (i.e. O servant of Allah!)

62. Jâbir radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to walk, he would not look here and there.

63. Abû Dâûd narrates from someone from the family of Umme Salamah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ that the bed of Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam was like a kafan. In other words, the cloth that he used to sleep on was similar to the cloth that was used as a kafan. It was not expensive and extravagant. His musjid was in the direction of his head. In other words, when he slept, his head used to be towards his musjid.

64. In another Hadîth Hafsah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ narrates that his bed was of sack.

65. Ibn ‘Abbâs radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam kurta used to be above his ankles. In other words, it used to be till half his calves – as mentioned in other Ahâdîth. The sleeves of his kurtah used to be in line with his fingers. It is narrated in another narration that the length of the sleeves was till his wrists.

66. ‘Â’ishah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ narrates that the pillow of Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam was made of leather and filled with the bark of the date tree.

67. Nu‘mân bin Bashîr radiyallâhu ‘anhu says that Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam did not even have ordinary dry dates with which he could fill his stomach. All the treasures of the world were at his feet but he adopted abstinence. He regarded the comforts of this world as insignificant and meaningless and chose poverty of this type. He used to spend a major portion of whatever income he had in charity. Dry dates are considered to be a very basic and ordinary diet of the Arabs because they grow profusely over there.

68. Anas radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam did not store anything (for himself) for the next day.

69. Ibn ‘Abbâs radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to walk, he did not move the people out of his way nor did he strike them. It is the habit of proud people and rulers to have special servants who move the people out and scold them in order to clear the way ahead of them.

70. ‘Â’ishah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ narrates that Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam did not complete the recitation of the Quran in under three days.

71. Muhammad bin al-Hanafiyyah narrates that it was the habit of Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam of not stopping anyone from doing anything. However, if he was asked and he felt that it should be completed (or continued with), he would reply in the affirmative. If he felt that it should not be carried out, he would remain silent.

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