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The Prophetís good manners and companionship

Saturday 27/03/2010

All reasonable people unanimously consider good manners, companionship and leniency as commendable qualities and acknowledge the merit of acquiring them. Many evidences from the Quran and Sunnah praise good manners and urges adherence to them. It was narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr ibn Al-‘Aas, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "The most beloved to me amongst you is the one with the best manners".[Al-Bukhari]

The Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was the best of all people in manners, behavior and companionship. Allah, The Almighty Says (what means): {And indeed, you are of a great moral character.} [Quran 68:4]. The personality of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) encompassed every good characteristic and manner, as his  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, described in several Hadeeths. `Ali ibn Abu Taalib, may Allah be pleased with him, said: "The Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) had the most endurance, most gentle nature, best companionship and was the most truthful person." [At-Tirmithi]
Allah The Almighty described him  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as being lenient with his  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) Companions, Saying (what means): {So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them.} [Quran 3:159]. In addition, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) followed the noblest manners in dealing with his  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) Companions, accepting their invitations and gifts and rewarding them for these.
The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) also used to be amiable, and gentle in dealing with his  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) Companions, and he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to visit them and ask about their affairs. He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was also very thoughtful because he used to pay attention to all those in his company, to the extent that each one of them believed that he was the closest to him. He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) never criticized any of his companions directly, rather he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to allude. Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: "I served the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) for ten years, and he never said to me Uff (an expression of discontent). He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa salalm, never said:`why did you do that?' regarding something I had done, nor did he ever say: `why did you not do such and such' regarding something I had not done." [At-Tirmithi and Abu Daawood]
In addition, ‘Abdullaah ibn Jareer Al-Bajali, may Allah be pleased with him, mentioned the way the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to treat him saying: "The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) never prevented me from entering upon him ever since I embraced Islam, and whenever he saw me he would smile to me. I also complained to him that I could not sit firmly on horseback, so he hit with his hand on my chest and said: ‘O Allah! Make him firm and make him a guiding and rightly-guided man.’” [Ibn Maajah]
This was only a very brief examination of the good manners and companionship of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) since this topic cannot be covered in an article or even a book. 

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