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His Mannersand Ethics: The Prophet’s Patience (PBUH):

Patience is a defining quality of Prophet Muhammad, Peace Beupon Him, He was patient and diligent while delivering the Messageof Islam and calling people to the religion. This journey took twenty threeyears, but He was never hopeless, and He did not abandon the call to Islam tillit reached faraway places and regions where Islam was destined to reach.Looking at the next situations we can see the true patience of Prophet Muhammadwhich represents a model to follow for every believer in every field of life.

His patience, Peace Be upon Him, regarding the abuse of QueishTribe during his stay in Makkah, they hit him and threw the camel’s abdominalcontents on His back. They cursed Him and they accused Him of being mad onetime and being a black magician, a sorcerer and a poet. They tortured Hisfollowers and blockaded Him, His followers and the Hashimets for three years inSho’eb Abi Talib (a place between two mountains). They even decided to murderHim and sent men to assassinate Him, but the Almighty Lord protected Him.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) endured the wrongdoing ofQureish, He kept making Dawah, and in three years only forty men embraced Islamand followed Him. His call was never founded on miracles, the unseen orunexplainable phenomenon, and when a solar eclipse took place during the timewhen His son Ibrahim died and people mentioned that it happened because of thedeath of Ibrahim, He said the solar eclipse is a sign and a miracle by Allah, andthe sun does not become eclipsed for the death or birth of anyone.

The Prophet, Peace Be upon, Him was patient towards ignoranceand rudeness, Abdullah narrated: Allah’s Messenger (Peace Be upon Him)distributed spoils (of war). Upon this a person said: This is a distribution inwhich the pleasure of Allah has not been sought. I came to Allah’s Messenger(PBUH) and informed him about it, His face turned red of anger and He thensaid: May Allah have mercy on Prophet Moses, he was tormented more than this,but he was patient.” (Hadith Sahih, authenticated by Ahmed) [3]

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) was patient during the yearof sadness, when His kind wife Khadijah died, She was the first one to believeHim when people did not, she sheltered Him when people banished Him, Shesupported Him when people denied Him, and comforted Him when people accused Himof lying...

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was also patient when His kind uncledied, this uncle protected and defended him during the most difficult time whenProphet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) started to call to Islam. All thesetribulations did not wear Him down, He met all that with patience, and no onebecome His match or even close especially when it comes to patience andperseverance, for He is unique in what He accomplished.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) was also patient in facinghunger and even starvation; Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had never eaten barelybread twice a day! If He wanted, He would have enjoyed dominion and ruling, butHe preferred the Hereafter and its reward. An example of the Prophet’sperseverance is during the Battle of the Trench, when the companions would tiea stone on their bellies of hunger and He used to do the same along with themdue to pangs of hunger.

The Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) was patient when His son Ibrahimdied, the Prophet had Ibrahim when He was sixty years of age with His wifeMaria. He was content with Allah’s decree, and He said: “Our eyes shed tearsand our hearts are filled with grief, but we do not say anything except that bywhich Allah is pleased. O, Ibrahim we are sorrowful due to your separation.”

The Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) was also patient when all hischildren died during His lifetime, except for Fatimah, may Allah be pleasedwith her, she died six months after him.

The Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) was also patient during all battles, during Badr, Uhud, and the Battle of the Trench, opening Makkah, the Battle of Hunayn, and when the entire population of al-Ta’ef harassed Him when He went to call them to Islam. In Tabuk, He did not become frightened or defeated, and He did not fail or become bored. He fought several wars and led several expeditions. He has been leading battles for ten years. [4]So, what a great deal of patience!

References

  1. Khalid Muhammad Khalid, Insanyat Muhammad, Page 15
  2. Anwar al-Jindi, Aqbas min al-Sirah al-Attirah, Page 55
  3. Isam al-Deen al-Sababty, Cairo: Egyptian Lebanese Publishing House, 1991, Page 47
  4. Khalid Muhammad Khalid, Insanyat Muhammad, Page 15


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