Mercy for animals
Fear God: Hadhrat Sahl (ra) relates: “The Holy Prophet saw passed by a camel who was so thin that there was very little distance between his belly and back. On seeing this the Holy Prophet saw said “Fear God in regard to these animals who cannot speak. Ride them only when they are healthy and eat of their meat when they are healthy. (Sunan Abu Dawud)
Be gentle: Hadhrat Aisha (ra) relates that one day I rode a camel which was rebellious and being a nuisance. The Holy Prophet (saw) saw this and said “Be gentle.” (Sahih Muslim)
Return the offspring: Abdullah (ra) who was a companion of the Holy Prophet (saw) relates: “We were traveling with the Holy Prophet saw in a journey when we saw a sparrow which had two baby sparrows with it. We picked up the baby sparrows and the mother started flying around us. The Holy Prophet (saw) saw this and said “Who has given this sparrow pain due to its children. Return its children to it.” (Sunan Abu Dawud)
Keeping non believers as guests in the mosque of the Holy Prophet (saw): There was a time when the Holy Prophet (saw) went to Taif for preaching and was pelted with stones till his blood reached his shoes. Then a time came when Taif was awed by the strength of the Muslims. Due to this a delegation came to see the Holy Prophet (saw) . The leader of this delegation was Abd Ya Lail. This was the same Abd Ya Lail who was at the forefront of those who were persecuting him when the Holy Prophet (saw) entered Taif. The Holy Prophet saw gave this idol worshiper a stay as a guest in this Holy Mosque. Not only that, but he allowed those who were of Abd Ya Lail’s party to pitch tents there. These people were allowed to stay there without any hesitation and they were well cared for during their stay.
When the Holy Prophet (saw) had tents put up for Abd Ya Lail’s party, the Companions said: “These are filthy idol worshipers and it is not appropriate for them to stay in the mosque. The Holy Prophet (saw) replied that the verse of the Holy Qur’an dealing with this speaks of the greatness of hearts and does not refer to the outer filth of bodies. No human is filthy in this manner as all humans are pure and can go to any Holy place.” (Ahkahm ul Quran, Vol. 3, pg 109)
Christians praying in the mosque of the Holy Prophet (saw)
When a delegation of Christians from Najran came to see the Holy Prophet (saw) he had them stay in the mosque of the Holy Prophet (saw). Not only this, but when it came time to pray, and the Christians wanted to pray, he (saw) let them pray inside the mosque. The Companions wanted to stop them, but he allowed them. (Asaba al-Nuzul, pg 53).
The unpleasant treatment by the Jews [of Medina) of Muslims and the founder of Islam was not hidden to anyone. The same Jews used to come to meet the Christians in the mosque of the Holy Prophet (saw) and sit with them for hours. There was no limitation on their coming and going to the mosque.
Ibn Ishaq (rh) relates that a group of Christians came to meet the Holy Prophet (saw) when he was sitting in the mosque after Asr Salat. The time for the Christian’s prayer started and they started to leave the mosque. The Holy Prophet (saw) told them to perform their prayers in the mosque. The Christians then turned to the East and performed their prayers.
Forgiveness toward his enemies
After suffering twenty three years of prosecution, the Holy prophet (saw) entered Makka as a conqueror. At the time, the Holy Prophet (saw) bowed his head so much to his Lord that his neck started touching his camel. Ibn Abbas (ra) relates that when the Holy Prophet (saw) conquered Makka he stood up at his pulpit and praised Allah. He then asked the people of Makka: “How do you think I am going to treat you today and how do you think I should treat you today?” They answered: ”We expect mercy from you and we say that you will (surely) be merciful. You are our beloved cousin and you have power and dominance.” On this the Holy Prophet (saw) said: “I will say the same thing to you that Yusuf said to his brothers: ‘No blame shall lie on you this day (12:93). There is no criticism of you today. You will not be made to give an explanation. (I have forgiven you). May Allah forgive you. He is the most merciful of those who forgive. (Tafsir Dar Mansur, Surah Al-Yusuf)”
Taking part in difficult work
The Holy Prophet (saw) used to take great care of his fellow travelers and Companions. He would not give himself importance over them and would share hardship together with them. When the Holy Prophet (saw) left for Battle of Badr from Medina, there were very few animals to ride on. There were three men for each camel. The Holy Prophet (saw) was part of this and shared his camel with Hadhrat Ali (ra) and Hadhrat Abu Lababa (ra). They all took turns to ride. When it came time for the Holy Prophet (saw) to get off the camel, both his companions would say: “O Holy Prophet saw. You should keep riding and we will walk”. However he would say: ”Both of you do not have the ability to walk more than me. Neither am I less needy of spiritual reward than both of you.” (Musnad Imam Ahmad)
Never Told Me Off
Hadhrat Anas (ra) relates that: ”I spent ten years serving the Holy Prophet (saw). When I first started serving the Holy Prophet (saw) I was a child. I did not always do things in the way that the Holy Prophet (saw) wanted. However, the Holy Prophet (saw) never told me off. He never said: “Why have you done this ?” and “Why have you not done this?”.
Hadhrat Anas (ra) relates the Holy Prophet (saw) was: ”…better mannered than all other human beings. One day the Holy Prophet (saw) asked me to go do something and I answered “I swear by God I will not go” even though in my heart I thought I would go and do the task the Holy Prophet (saw) asked me to do. I left the house (and started walking toward doing the task that the Holy Prophet (saw) asked me to do). However on the way I saw some children playing in the street and started playing with them.
Suddenly the Holy Prophet (saw) came, tapped me and I looked behind to see him (saw)(saw) smiling at me. The Holy Prophet (saw) said, using my name with affection: “Go for the task that I sent you for.” I answered “ Yes. I will go for it Hudhoor.” ( Sunan Abu Dawud)
Hadhrat Sahal bin Hanif (ra) relates: “The Holy Prophet (saw) often went to visit the poor when they were ill. He used to take care of them. Once when a poor woman became ill, the Holy Prophet (saw) used to visit her. When she passed away the Companions decided not to trouble the Holy Prophet (saw) and performed her funeral prayer and buried her. In the morning the Holy Prophet (saw) found out, he was unhappy and went to her grave and performed the funeral prayer.” (Muwatta of Imam Malik)
Abdullah Ibn Abi Salool was the leader of the hypocrites and held a deep seated enemity with the Holy Prophet (saw). However [despite this], when he was ill the Holy Prophet (saw) went to visit him. (Sanan Abu Dawud)
Translated from the original Urdu by Mahmood Ahmad
(In light of these beautiful narrations, please proceed into the New Year reciting the blessed ”Durud”)