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Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,

The Finest Man Who Ever Lived




His Fine Morals, and How We Should Love and Support Him



All perfect praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of

Allaah be upon Muhammad ibn ‘Abdillaah, the seal of the prophets, the finest of the former and

latter generations, our master and ideal example.



He is the possessor of the Hawdh (Basin) from which the believers will drink on the day of

Judgment; the Banner under which the believers will gather; the Station of Praise and Glory; and

the Bright Marks on his face, hands and feet (from the remnants of his ablution). He is the one

who was mentioned in the Tawraah (Torah) and Injeel (Gospel), and supported by the Angel

Jibreel (Gabriel), may Allaah exalt his mention.



His Lord distinguished him with the Israa’ and Mi‘raaj (Night Journey to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa and

Ascent to Heaven) and He split the moon for him, and made a cure and blessing in his saliva and

sweat. With his invocations the rain was sent down. To him the trees submitted. Upon him,

camels and stones sent their salutations. He was made victorious by awe, for Allaah terrified his

enemies at a distance of a month's journey.



He is the master of the sons of Aadam (Adam), and this is no boast.



The evidences of his prophethood are numerous and his noble manners and attributes are

countless.



The best of creation in his childhood, the most purified in his youth, the superior in his maturity,

the most righteous throughout his lifetime, the most just of judges, and the bravest on the

battlefield. Allaah The Almighty endowed him with every sublime moral and refined manner,

purified him from every impurity, guarded him against every slip, taught him good manners,

educated him well and endowed him with every noble trait. Thus, no one could be like him in his

perfection, nobility, truthfulness, honesty, asceticism, bashfulness and chastity.



Such is the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. All those who knew him well

acknowledged his nobility, excellent nature, kind-heartedness, gentleness, wisdom, intelligence,

firm determination and compassion.



Fair-Minded Thinkers On Finest Man Who Ever Lived

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No one can read about the magnanimous manners and the noble character of the Messenger,

sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, without expressing admiration of his character and bedazzlement

by it. Thus, it is no wonder that we see such fragrant praise and objective testimonies from many

of those who have not even embraced Islam. History has recorded their quotations, writings and

heritage in this regard and this provides firm evidence and decisive proof of his sublime morals

and characteristics, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.



Fair-minded and impartial non-Muslim thinkers tell us about the Messenger, sallallaahu

‘alayhi wa sallam:



In the eyes of the orientalists:



1- The American orientalist, Washington Irving, said, “Muhammad, (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa

sallam), was the final and greatest Prophet that Allaah sent to call people to worship Him

alone.” (Excerpted from Qaaloo ‘an Al-Islam (What They Said About Islam) by Professor

‘Imaad Ad-deen Khaleel)



2- The Spanish orientalist, Jan Lake, in his book The Arabs said, “The life of Muhammed cannot

be described using any words that are better than what Allaah says: {And We have not sent you,

[O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.} [Quran 21:107] And indeed, Muhammed was

a real mercy, and I ask for blessings upon him passionately and ardently.”



3- The Italian orientalist, Laura Veccia Vaglieri, said, “Muhammad, who always held on to

divine principles, was very compassionate - especially with those who believe in one God. He

knew how to have great patience with the pagans, ever showing deliberation.” [Apologia dell'

Islamismo (translated into English as: An Interpretation of Islam) by Laura Veccia Vaglieri]



4- The French orientalist, Gustave Le Bon, said, “Muhammad met all the harm and torture with

great patience and endurance. Muhammad treated the people of Quraysh, who were his enemies

for twenty years, with kindness and forbearance.” [La Civilisation des Arabes, (The Civilization

of Arabs) by Gustave Le Bon]



In the eyes of the philosophers:



1- The renowned British philosopher and playwright, Sir George Bernard Shaw, said, “I

have studied the life of the Messenger of Islam very well, time after time, and I have

found nothing but moral standards as they should be. I always wished that Islam would

become the way of the world.” [Ar-Rasool, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, fee ‘Uyoon

Gharbiyyah Munsifah by Al-Husaini Ma‘di]

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The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, turned a blind eye to such behavior and showed

patience, forbearance and forgiveness.



As for his forbearance with his servants, just read attentively some amazing testimonies from his

servants themselves:



It was narrated that Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, said,



The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was the best of people in terms

of manner. One day he wanted to send me on an errand and I said, “By Allaah, I will not

go.” But my intention was to go and do what the Prophet of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi

wa sallam, had told me to do. I went out and passed by some boys who were playing in

the market, and there the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, took hold

of me (by surprise) by the neck from behind. I looked at him and he was smiling. He said,

“O Unays, did you go and do what I told you to?” I said, “Yes, I will go, O Messenger

of Allaah.” (Anas added) By Allaah, I served him for nine years and I never heard him

say because of anything that I did, “Why did you do such and such?” Or, for something

that I did not do, “Why did you not do such and such?” [Muslim]



As for his forbearance and forgiveness with his companions, then this is another marvelous

example of the perfection of the forbearing nature of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

This is because one may have patience with his enemy in order to attract his heart to embrace

Islam, however, he does not need this while dealing with his companions and friends for they

should observe the appropriate limits of behavior and know well what can cause contentment and

what can cause anger, and if anyone of them transgresses such limits, he knows he would be

rebuked. To abandon rebuke even though there is a strong reason that calls for it is a sign of the

perfection of the forbearing nature.



The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would forbear and forgive his companions for their

mistakes and slips and did not rebuke any of them.



It was narrated that Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, said,



Whilst we were in the mosque with the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa

sallam, a Bedouin came and started to urinate in the mosque. The companions of the

Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “Stop, stop!” The Messenger

of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “Do not interrupt him; leave him.” So

they left him alone until he had finished urinating, then the Messenger of Allaah,

sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, called him and said to him: “These mosques are not the

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place for urinating or for anything else that is filthy; rather they are for the

remembrance of Allaah, prayer and the recitation of the Quran.” Then he told a man to

bring a bucket of water and he threw it over the urine. [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]



It was narrated that Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, said,



Once I was walking with the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and he was

wearing a Najraani cloak with a thick hem. A Bedouin followed him and pulled his cloak so

violently that I noticed the side of the shoulder of the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi

wa sallam, was affected by the hem of the Burd because of that violent pull. The Bedouin said,

"O Muhammad, give me some of the wealth of Allaah which is with you." The Messenger of

Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, turned, looked at him, and smiled, and then ordered that

he be given something. [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]



Though he had power over his enemies,the fact that he adopted forbearance and forgiveness is

clear-cut evidence of the noble manners of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and that

these qualities are deeply rooted in his character to the extent that he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa

sallam, encompassed his enemies with these qualities just as he would encompass his

companions and loved ones.



It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullaah, may Allaah be pleased with him and his father, said

that he proceeded in the company of the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,

towards Najd (central and northern Arabia) to participate in a battle and that when the Messenger

of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, returned from this, he too returned with him. Midday

came upon them while they were in a valley that had many thorny trees. The Messenger of

Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and the people dismounted and dispersed to rest in the

shade of the trees. The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, rested under a tree

and hung his sword on it. They all took a nap and suddenly, they heard the Messenger of Allaah,

sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, calling us. They woke up to see a Bedouin with him. The Prophet,

sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: "This Bedouin took out my sword while I was sleeping and

when I woke up, I found the unsheathed sword in his hand and he challenged me saying,

'Who will save you from me? I said thrice, 'Allaah.” The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa

sallam, did not punish him and sat down. [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]



The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would adopt the qualities of forgiveness and

forbearance even with the Jews and even though they repeatedly mistreated and plotted against

him and his companions. It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, said,

“A group of Jews came to the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and said, ‘As-saamu-

‘alayk.’ (i.e., death be upon you). I understood it and said, ‘Wa-‘alaykum as-saamu wal-la‘nah

(death and the curse of Allaah be upon you).’ The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa

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The person who truthfully loves the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and sincerely wishes

to support him has to guard his beloved vigilantly so that no one can wrong him or try to belittle

him, and should feel a lot of anger for that. Such anger should, however, be positive and not just

an insensible or aimless anger.



He should adopt the example of those who truly love the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,

such as the one who prevented his own father from entering Madeenah and said to him, "By

Allaah, you will not enter through here until the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa

sallam, allows you to do so, for you have to know that he is the honorable one and you are the

disgraced.'' His father said to him, “Are you doing this to your father!” When the Messenger of

Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, came by, he found ‘Abdullaah putting his hand on the

camel of his father (preventing him from entering) while Ibn Ubayy was saying, “I am more

disgraced than children, I am more disgraced than women.” The Messenger, sallallaahu ‘alayhi

wa sallam, said to him, “Let your father enter.” So the son said, "Enter, now that the Messenger

of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, has given you permission to.''
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He prevented his own father from entering his city until the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa

sallam, gave him permission; this was to make his father – and the whole world – know that all

honor is for Allaah The Almighty and His Messenger, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and that the

one who wronged the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, could not in any way live among

them and that he would be the most disgraced person forever.



Such is the anger that we want from the person who truthfully loves; such is the anger that makes

one leave what he likes and loves only for the sake of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.



Such anger makes every lover declare it publicly and loudly: By Allaah, none of the products of

the country that wronged the most beloved person and the apple of our eye, the Prophet,

sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, will enter my mouth until they punish the one who did such

heinous acts against the honorable Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, so that he will be a

lesson for all of those who intend to do such heinous acts again against our beloved Prophet

Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and so that they may know that our Messenger is

more beloved to us than our fathers, mothers, children and even ourselves. If this is the case, then

restraining a few of our desires should be very easy for us.



Finally, the person who truthfully loves the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and sincerely

wishes to support him has to be proud of his religion of Islam and have a distinct character and

way of thinking. He has to abhor the thought of being a mere imitator of the habits, manners, and


9 This was the story of ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Ubayy ibn Salool with his father ‘Abdullaah ibn Ubayy ibn Salool
[Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

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ideas of those who do not believe in his religion and do not respect his beloved Prophet

Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.









By Shaykh Hishaam Muhammad Sa‘eed Barghash, PhD

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