The compassion of the Prophetﷺ for his community was greater than the compassion a mother and father have for their child. Almighty Allah informs us of this:
‘A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering is distressing to him; he is deeply concerned for you; he is gentle and merciful to the believers (Tawba, 9:128)
The Messenger of Allahﷺ has decreed that no mortal has ever been as frightened as much as him, nor seen as much pain and distress, nor been subject to as much hunger as the Prophetﷺ himself. (Tirmidhi, Qiyamah, 34/2472)
This struggle was endured in order to turn the servants of Allah back to the path of Allah. The Prophetﷺ never complained about anything. According to himﷺ the salvation of a single person even, was better than anything that the sun rose and set over. Heﷺ was stoned at Taif, hisﷺ feet were left bloodied, yet did hisﷺ heart find comfort when straight after this event a slave was guided to Islam.
According to narrations by Aisha (RadiAllahu Anha) , whenever the weather was very windy or if dark clouds could be seen in the sky, the face of the Prophetﷺ would change colour. Sometimes heﷺ would stop and look at the cloud, sometimes heﷺ would turn back, enter his home and come out again. When it rained, however, heﷺ would be very happy. When heﷺ was asked the reason for these actions of his, heﷺ would say that they were a result of his anxiety that the punishment that came to the people of Ad would come to his community. (Muslim, Istiska, 14-16).
During the battle of Uhud, when RasoolAllahﷺ got injured, the Sahaaba wanted him to curse the enemies because it was unbearable for them to see himﷺ in such a condition.
RasoolAllahﷺ replied, “I have not been sent to curse, rather I was sent as the one who invites and as a mercy. O Allah ! Guide my nation because they do not know.”
On hearing this, Sayyidina Umar radi Allahu anhu said,
“May my father and mother be sacrificed for you, Ya RasoolAllahﷺ ! Nuh supplicated against his nation when he said, ‘My Lord, do not leave a single unbeliever upon the earth’ (Quran 71:26).
If you had supplicated such a curse against us, we would all have been destroyed. Your back has been trodden on, your face blooded, your tooth broken, yet you refuse to say anything except good.” (Ash-Shifa : Qadi Iyadh, p.64)
Such was the love and care of this Most Beloved of Allahﷺ for his Ummah.
May my mother and father be sacrificed for you o Messenger of Allah!