Student Essay: The Character of the Prophet (ﷺ)
The Prophet(ﷺ ) has given mankind the knowledge of the right path of Allah. He (ﷺ ) was unique in his teaching because he did not simply preach, he taught by example.
Allah has mentioned the Prophet(ﷺ)’s character in many verses of the Holy Quran. In verse (33:21) of Surah al-Ahzab, “Indeed in the (Prophetic) Messenger of Allah you have an excellent example (to follow) for him whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” In this verse, Allah explains to us how we can follow the correct path of Allah by following the Prophet (ﷺ). Also, we learn that the Prophet (ﷺ) is the perfect example of good character.
One example of the Prophet’s (ﷺ ) extraordinary character is the patience he showed to the disbelievers who would try to hurt him. Many times in the Prophet (ﷺ )’s life, the disbelievers have tried to hurt him verbally, physically, and mentally. But despite these conditions our beloved Prophet (ﷺ ) remained patient with those that disagreed with him; He would look to Allah as the Supreme Helper of all difficulties.
As such, one day, Abu Jahl, confronted the Prophet (ﷺ ) with pebbles in his palm. He asked the Prophet (ﷺ ), “If you are the messenger of God then tell me what is hidden in my fist.” The Prophet replied by asking him, “How do you wish me to do this? Shall I say what those things are or should they declare that I am truthful and right?” Abu Jahl chose the 2nd option thinking that the pebbles couldn’t speak. But due to the presence of our Beloved Prophet (ﷺ), the pebbles began reciting “There is no deity except God, and Muhammed (ﷺ ) is His messenger.” Upon hearing this, Abu Jahl threw the pebbles towards the ground with anger and called our Beloved Prophet (ﷺ ) a “magician,” out of frustration and ignorance. Abu Jahl was looking for a way to humiliate the Prophet (ﷺ ); however, it was Abu Jahl who ended up in humiliation due to the miracle and calming character of our cherished Prophet (ﷺ ).
The Prophet (ﷺ ) always kept his promises and never broke his word. One example of this is with Abdullah Ibn Abdul Hamsa (radiuallah anhu). He brought something for the Prophet (ﷺ ), but there was still something that he had to give so Abdullah Ibn Abdul Hamsa (radiullah anhu) promised the Prophet (ﷺ ) that he will return to finish the dealing so Rasulullah (ﷺ ) would wait for him. However, Abdullah Ibn Abdul Hamsa (radiullah anhu) forgot and remembered three days later. From there, he (radiullahu anhu) returned to the Prophet (ﷺ ) and found that the Prophet (ﷺ) was waiting for him for three days! Such was the honesty and trustworthiness of our Beloved Rasul (ﷺ)!
It was the Prophet (ﷺ )’s good character and manners that won the hearts of millions, bringing them back to the right path in which Allah has ordered every human being to follow.
As Allah says in the Holy Quran in Surah Teen ayat 4, “We have indeed created man in the best shape.” Allah Subhanahwaataala has created every human being perfectly and our duty as Muslims is to maintain our body in the best shape by being clean, performing prayers, having good character, and following the rules that the Prophet (ﷺ ) has given to his ummah. May Allah give us guidance to follow the Prophet (ﷺ )’s teachings. InshAllah Ameen.
– By: Syed Mehdi Pasha