Prophet Muhammad ﷺ􏰂: the modest one

To Muhammad ﷺ􏰂, Prophethood did not mean temporal glory. Though there have been prophets who were kings, he preferred to be a servant of Allah rather than a king. (Haythami, al-Majmu`a az-Zawa’id, IX: 192.)

Heﷺ busied himself with the problems of his community. Heﷺ offered assistance to the needy. Heﷺ assigned living space at one corner of the mosque to the poor among his Companions, and he personally looked after those Companions, who worked hard to learn the religion of Islam.

His humility was extraordinary. Heﷺ never concerned himself with his own interests. His sole concern was to help people find the true path so that they could reach salvation both in this world and the Hereafter.

Hadrat A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her) talked about how the Prophet 􏰂ﷺ used to help her with the housework. “My father Abu Bakr sent us a leg of mutton one night. The Prophet 􏰂ﷺ held it while I tried to cut it up, and I held it while he tried to cut it up.” One of the listeners asked A’ishah whether they had attempted this in the dark. Hadrat A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her) answered, “When we had oil to put in the oil lamp, we preferred to use that oil for food. The family of the Prophet used to spend months without a piece of bread, or without boiling a kettle for food at home.” (Ahmad, VI:217; Ibn Sa`ad, I:405).

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