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CHAPTER ON THE HUMILITY OF SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH SALLA LAHU ALAYHI WA’ALE HI WASALLAM


Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was more humble than the whole world. The Sufis say that in reality humbleness cannot be achieved without continuous Tajalli Shuhud (manifestation of divine illumination). There does not exist only one or two examples of the humbleness of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam, but thousands. Therefore it is not possible to cover them all here.
 The author has given a few examples here.

Once on a journey a few Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum intended slaughtering a goat. They distributed the work amongst themselves. One took the responsibility of slaughtering the animal, the other of removing the skin, one of cooking it. Sayyidina Rasullullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam said: 'I am responsible for collecting the wood needed for cooking'. The Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum said: 'O Messenger of Allah, we will do all the work'. Sayyidina Rasullullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam said: 'I also understand that you will gladly do all the work, but I do not like my being the most distinguished in this group, and Allah Ta'aala also does not like it'. Similarly there exist thousands of incidents of this nature. 
 

The author has mentioned thirteen ahaadith in this chapter.  


(313) Hadith Number 1.

Hasrat 'Umar Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: ''Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam said: 'Do not exceed in praising me as the Christians over-praised 'Esa 'Alayhis Salaam. (That they made him the son of God.) I am a bondsman of Allah, therefore, call me the bondsman of Allah and His Rasul'''.


Commentary

Do not praise me in such a manner which is contrary to the bondsmanship of Allah where shirk (partnership) is created with Allah. A bondsman is a bondsman. Do not praise in such a manner that does not befit, and is contrary to the mission of a Rasul and Messenger of Allah. 
  


(314) Hadith Number 2.

Hasrat Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: A woman came to Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam and said: I would like to speak to you in private'. Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam replied: 'Sit on any street of Madinah and I will come there and listen to you' ''. 
  


Commentary

In some narrations it is stated that this woman was a bit mentally retarded. Despite this, Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam gave her a hearing. Some 'ulama say the reason for saying 'Sit in any street', is because he will not be alone with a strange woman. Some have written, because she was a bit mentally retarded, it is apparent that she may be walking around in the alleys, therefore Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam said, he would go into the street and listen to her. According to this humble servant, it is possible that if he had called her at the women's quarters of his house, the womenfolk would have been inconvenienced, as is witnessed many a time. For this reason, Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam listened to her request on the street.



(315) Hadith Number 3.

Hasrat Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: "Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam visited the sick, attended funerals, rode on donkeys, accepted the invitations of slaves. On the day of the battle of Banu Qurayzah, he rode on a donkey, the reigns of which were made of date palm leaves. On it was also a saddle made of date palm leaves". 
  


Commentary

In Arabia, there is a special type of donkey, which is bigger than the local (Indian) mules. They run faster than the ordinary ponies. Two or three people can easily ride them. They are better than the ordinary local (Indian) horses. It is possible that these donkeys existed in the time of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla llahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. It is regarded as an inferior class of conveyance than that of horses. The object here is to show that Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam despite being of such a high status, and who possessed the leadership of both worlds did not feel belittled by riding a donkey.
In the same manner, he visited the sick, be that person a respectable or an ordinary person. He even visited the sick non-Muslims. A Jewish lad used to attend the assemblies of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. At times he assisted in some work too. When he became ill, Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam went to visit him. It was his last moments. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam fulfilled his duties of kindness towards him, and presented to him the Message Islaam. The lad looked at his father, the father signalled his agreement. He accepted Islaam.
Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam thanked Allah (swt), as only Allah is worthy of Hamd - praise, who had saved this lad from the punishment of hell through him. Not only this, Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam also went to visit the leader of the hypocrites, 'Abdullah bin Ubay, when he became ill, whereas, he had troubled and harassed Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam many a time. In this manner we find in the ahaadith that he attended the funerals of many ordinary people.


(316) Hadith Number 4.


Hasrat Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: ''Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam accepted and attended invitations where bread made of barley, and stale fat a few days old was served (Without hesitation he accepted these invitations). Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam had pawned his armour to a Jew. Till the time Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam departed this world, he did not possess a sufficient amount to release that armour''. 
  


Commentary

When fat becomes stale it begins to smell. The serving of bread made of barley and stale fat could be ascertained from the status of the person or from experience, or even by the host himself saying this. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam never made an excuse in accepting an invitation. The last sentence about the debt has been mentioned co-incidentally as it is part of the hadith. Some 'ulama state that this is also a sign of humility. This was the reason of his poverty. Allah Ta'aala had given him the option of two things, if he wanted to become a Rasul - Messenger with humbleness or become a Messenger with a kingdom. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam on his own accord chose the first one.


(317) Hadith Number 5.
 
 

Hasrat Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports : ''Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam performed Hajj – pilgrimage, on an old pack saddle. Covering was a piece of cloth, the value of which was less than four Dirhams. (It may be possible that ‘covering' means Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam . i.e. He covered himself with an ordinary sheet. The value of which did not reach four Dirhams. This explanation is accepted by most of the respected teachers. According to this humble servant, the first explanation is more acceptable.
The eleventh hadith in this chapter strengthens this). Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was reciting this du'aa: 'Allah make this Hajj one that has no show or fame'''.  


Commentary

This was recited to educate the ummah, or shows the complete humbleness and utmost devotion of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. Although there can be no question of show and fame in any act of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam, then too Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam made this d'uaa and beseeched Allah to keep this Hajj free from show and fame. The sheet that was on the mubaarak - blessed body or on the pack saddle of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was of such an ordinary quality that its cost was less than an Indian rupee (about twenty cents). This was the result of his complete humbleness, which was his usual habit. Although due to some considerations Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam at times wore expensive clothing, but normally did not do so. (In reality that cloth is now priceless and is worth more than the riches of the entire world as it touched the blessed body of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla Lahu Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam)


(318) Hadith Number 6.


Hasrat Anas bin Maalik Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: "No one was more beloved to the Sahaabah than Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. When they saw him they did not stand up, knowing that he did not approve of it". 
  


Commentary

This was also the result of the complete humbleness of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. Despite his high status and being the leader of both worlds, Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam did not approve of this. For this reason the Sahaabah, although possessing a great love for him, and knowing that he disapproved of it, did not stand up for him as is the requirement from this hadith. Rarely, due to their intense love, they stood up. A hadith has been mentioned in the Abu Daawud that Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was sitting with us in the masjid and talking. When he stood up, we all stood up till he went into the house. In this manner many ahaadith are narrated on this subject in the books of hadith, to the extent that in some ahaadith it has been strongly prohibited to stand up, and in some ahaadith it has been commanded to stand up for a few visitors. The 'ulama differ in the permissibility of standing or not standing. The majority of the researchers say there is no contradiction, as there are many reasons for standing up, therefore different commands are mentioned in the ahaadith.
Abul Walid bin Rashid says there are four ways and reasons for standing up. (a). Not permissible: This is standing up for such a person who likes this due to pride, that when he enters, people should stand up. (b). Makruh: To stand up for a person who has no pride, but it is feared if one is treated in this manner, pride will enter in that person. (c). Permissible: This is for that person where this fear does not exist. (d). Mustahab: To stand up for a person who returns from a journey.
 To stand in happiness on one's return. Imam Nawawi says: ''It is mustahab to stand for the Ahlul-Ilm, Ahlul-Fadl and Ahlul-Sharaf''. Imaam Qaadi 'Iyaad (Rh) says the prohibition is for that standing, where a great person remains seated and the people continue standing in his presence. In the ahaadith where standing has been prohibited it is stated that: ''One should not stand in the manner that the 'ajami – non Arab people stand for their leaders''. The research of Maulana Gangohi, which has been mentioned in the Badh-lul-Majhud through my late father, is that standing in itself is permissible, till such an obstacle does not appear which prohibits it. For example, a person will fall into mischief if one stands up for a certain person. Pride etc. will form in one, which will be detrimental to that person's religious well-being. In the same manner, to stand up hypocritically, where there does not exist in the heart any feeling or respect, but for the sake of show and hypocrisy one stands up. Both these are not permissible, but, if one fears that by doing so, one will have to bear financial and physical consequences, then in this case it will be permissible to stand up to deter oppression.


(319) Hadith Number 7.


Imaam Hasan bin 'Ali Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports that I asked my (maternal) uncle Hasrat Hind bin Abi Haalab, who usually described particulars and conditions of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. I was longing to hear something about it. On my asking, he described the mubaarak - blessed features of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. He said: 'Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam had great qualities and attributes in him, others also held him in high esteem. His face glittered like the full moon'. He then described the complete features of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam (as has been mentioned in the first chapter under hadith number seven). Imaam Hasan Radiyallahu 'Anhu says. 'I did not mention this hadith (due to some reason) to Imaam Husayn (Radiyallahu 'Anhu) for some time. Then I once narrated it to him whereupon I found that he had heard it before me. He had asked him (our uncle) already what I had asked. I also found that he had asked our father (Sayyidina'Ali Radiyallahu 'Anhu) about Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi 'Wasallam entering and coming out of the house. He did not leave out anything about the ways and manners of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. Imaam Husayn Radiyallahu 'Anhu said: 'I asked my father regarding the manner in which Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam entered the house?' He replied: 'When Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam entered the house, he distributed his time into three portions; He spent a portion for Allah. (In devotion, performing salaah etc.); A portion towards his family (fulfilling their duties. i.e. laughing, speaking, enquiring about their welfare etc.); and a portion for himself (resting etc.). He distributed his personal portion in two, one for himself and one for the people, in such a manner that the near one's among the Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum came to visit him. Through these Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum he conveyed messages to the people. He did not conceal anything from them. From the portion of the ummah he adopted this method, that he gave preference to the Ahlul-Fadl (i.e. people of 'ilm - knowledge and 'amal – righteous action). He distributed this time according to their religious fadl. From among those who came, some had one requirement, some had two requirements, and some had many requirements. Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam fulfilled all their requirements. He busied them in things that benefited them and the entire ummah. When they questioned Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam on religious matters, he replied to them in a manner that benefited them. He used to say: 'Those that are present, should inform those that are not present regarding these beneficial and necessary matters'. He also used to say: 'Those people who for some reason (veil, distance, shyness or awe) cannot put forward their requirements, you should inform me about their requirements, because, that person who informs a king of the need of another, who is unable to put forward that need, Allah Ta'aala will keep that person stead fast on the day of qiyaamah'. Only important and beneficial matters were discussed in his gathering. He happily listened to these matters from the Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum. Besides this there were no wasteful or non-beneficial talks in his assemblies. The Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum came to the assemblies of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam for their religious needs, they did not depart before tasting something (by tasting, may mean the acquiring of religious knowledge. It could mean 'Hissi' tasting too. Whatever Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam possessed, he offered it in humbleness. Whenever close friends gather, whatever is available is presented to them). The Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum returned from his assemblies as torch bearers of hidayah - guidance and goodness. (They spread these teachings amongst others). Imaam Husayn Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: 'I asked (my father) regarding the coming out of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam from the house'. He replied: 'Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam controlled his tongue and only spoke that which was necessary. He did not waste his time in useless conversations. He made those who came to visit him feel at home he did not make them feel scared or ill at ease. (i.e. When advising them, he did not scold them in a manner that they become scared, or tell them such things that would keep them away from the deen). He respected and honoured the respected ones of every nation. He also chose a leader for them. He warned the people of Allah's punishrnent (or he emphasised that the people be cautious*). He also protected himself from troubling or harming people. Besides being cautious and commanding others to be cautious, he never lacked in courtesy towards others. He was concerned for the affairs of his friends, made himself aware about the relationships between them and rectified their faults. He praised good deeds and encouraged them. He explained the harmful effects of bad things and removed and stopped these. He followed the middle path in all matters. (He did not at times say this and at other times that). He did not neglect the guiding of people, it is possible that they became unmindful of their religious duties, or exceeded in a matter resulting in them becoming disheartened. For everything there was a special arrangement .He did not fall back in the truth, nor did he exceed the limits in this.
Those who attended his gatherings were the best of people. The best person in the eyes of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was the one who wished everybody well. The one with the highest status in the eyes of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was that person who considered, comforted and helped the creation the most'. Sayyidina Imaam Husayn Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: 'I then enquired from him regarding the assemblies of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu Alayhi wa’ale Hi Wasallam'. He replied: 'He began and ended all his sitting with the dhikr of Allah. When he went to a place, he sat where he found a place, and also instructed the people to do so. They should not leap over peoples’ heads and go ahead. It is a different matter, that where Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam sat, that place became the focal point of the gathering. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam fulfilled the rights of every person present. That means, whatever right was due in talking and showing happiness, was fulfilled by him, so much so, that every person present would think that Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam is honouring me the most. The person that came to sit by Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam or came to him for some purpose, Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam would remain seated till that person began to stand up. Whenever one asked him for something, he kindly fulfilled that request, and did not refuse it, (if he did not possess the thing) he would give a soft and humble answer. His cheerfulness and pleasant manner were for everybody. He was like a father to them. The whole creation was equal before him as far as rights were concerned. His gatherings were the gatherings of knowledge, modesty, patience and honesty. (i.e. These four things were attained there or are a description of his gatherings). Voices were not raised therein, nor was anyone degraded or disgraced. If anyone committed a fault, it was not made known publicly. All were regarded as equals amongst themselves. (A person was not regarded according to his lineage or genealogy). The virtues of one over the other was according to the taqwa (piety) possessed. The small ones were loved. The needy were given preference. Strangers and travellers were cared for'. 
 
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*This word 'Wa yah-dharun naas' has been translated in many ways. According to this humble servant this translation is the most appropriate. It is suitable and corresponds with the other sentence too. The result is this that Sayyidina Rasulullah salla lahu 'Alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam was cautious himself and educated others too to be cautious. The example of which is that it is, not permissible for one to have bad thoughts or doubts regarding another person without any valid reason, but it is better for one to guard ones self and be cautious without having bad thoughts or doubts regarding the next person. Many ahaadith are mentioned wherein one has been advised to be cautious and steadfast. An incident in the Abu Daawud that once Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam intended sending some articles to Makkah Mukaramah for distribution. He appointed a Sahaabi by the name of Sayyidina Ibnul Faghwaa Radiyallahu 'Anhu to take these articles, and said to him: 'Seek a companion to accompany you. While he was looking for a companion, a person by the name of 'Amr came to him and said: 'I have heard that you are looking for a companion to accompany you to Makkah. I will go with you'. Sayyidina Ibnul Faghwaa Radiyallahu 'Anhu came to Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam and said to him that he had found a companion. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam asked: 'Who is he? He described the person. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam said: 'When you near the settlement of his tribe be cautious, because there is a saying: Be cautious of your Bakri (name of tribe) brother''. Sayyidina Ibnul Fadhwaal Radiyallahu 'Anhu says we both set out on our journey. When we neared the settlement of my companion's tribe, he began to say. "Let me go and meet this people. You can wait for me" I Said: ''Surely there is no harm'' After he left I remembered what Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam has said to me. I quickly readied my camel and moved off. After a little while I saw him coming with a few people but because of my cautiousness I quickly went away. In this incident there are many types of cautiousness. Besides this, in many ahaadith Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam informed the 'ummah to be careful and cautious. Therefore this translation is most suitable).

 Commentary

In brief, in every matter his noble manners reached their pinnacle and even exceeded that, and why should it not be so when his divine mission was to fulfil and complete noble manners? Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam has said: 'I have been sent so that I may fulfil and complete the best of manners'. Even though being granted this, he always made this du'aa: 'O Allah, You have created me excellently. In the same manner make my character excellent'. Allah Ta'aala has mentioned the greatness of his noble character in the Qur-aan, and has also emphasised it in many ways. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam said: 'Allah Ta'aala likes those with gentle temperaments, and in reward for gentleness He grants something which He does not grant for other things'. In another hadith it has been stated: 'The person that is deprived of gentleness is deprived of great blessings'. It is stated in another hadith: 'The best amongst you is the one who has the best character'. Also found is a hadith, in which  it has been stated: 'The most beloved amongst you by me is the one who possesses noble character'. A Sahaabi inquired from Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam 'What is the best thing granted to man? Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam replied: 'Good character'. In one hadith it has been stated: 'On the day of qiyaamah the weightiest thing on the scale of deeds will be good character'. It has been stated in a hadith: 'A good-mannered person can through his character, reach the status of those pious people who stay awake at night, and fast during the day'.
Sayyidina Mu'aadh Radiyallahu 'Anhu says that when I was sent to Yaman (Yeman), while mounting conveyance, when I put my leg in the stirrup, Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam gave me this final advice: 'Treat the people with courtesy'.  Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam has said the ones that possess the most complete Imaan - faith among the Mu'mins – believers, are those whose characters are the best. In many other other ahaadith too it has been stressed that one should have good character. The above mentioned ahaadith are an example of these.


(320) Hadith Number 8.


Hasrat Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports that Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam said: "Even if I am given a foot of a goat as a present, I will accept it, and if I am invited to partake of it, I will surely accept that invitation". 
 


Commentary

The meaning of the above hadith is, it does not even come to mind that why should I accept such an ordinary small article, or accept an invitation to partake of it. I think of it as a blessing of Allah and accept it whole heartedly. The actual reason for accepting an invitation is not the food but to encourage the host and keep one happy.


(321) Hadith Number 9.

Hasrat Jaabir Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: "Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam came to visit me (while I was ill). He did not come on the back of a mule, or on a Turkish horse". (i.e. He did not come on defective or an expensive conveyance, but came on foot). 
    


Commentary

The humbleness of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam is intended here. He did not adopt the way of the kings and the rich in using conveyance, but mostly walked. This incident is mentioned in Sahih Bukhaari with more detail, where Sayyidina Jaabir Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: 'Once I became ill. Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam and Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique (Radiyallahu 'Anhu) both came to visit me on foot. When they reached my home they found me unconscious. Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam performed wudu and sprinkled the water of the wudu on me, as a result I became conscious and saw Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam sitting before me. I asked him a question on inheritance, whereupon an aayah on this was revealed'. 
 


(322) Hadith Number 10.

Hasrat Yusuf bin 'Abdullah bin Salaam Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam chose for me the name Yusuf. He put me in his lap and passed his blessed hand on my head''. 
 


Commentary

In this we find the high character of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam and his love for little children. The height of humbleness is that he did not avoid putting infants on his lap. In a hadith it is stated that Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam also made dua of barakah - blessing for me. From this hadith it is evident that children were taken to the pious elders and were asked to choose a name for them. In other ahaadith it has also been related that the Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum took their new born infants to Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam


(323) Hadith Number 11.


Hasrat Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: "Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam performed Hajj on a saddled camel on which was a cloth, the price of which we think was four Dirhams. Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was reciting this du'aa: 'O Allah, keep this Hajj free from show and fame"'. 
    

Commentary

This hadith has been mentioned in hadith number five in this chapter. Once again we must remember the actual value of the cloth cannot even be measured as it touched the blessed body of Rasulullah Salla lahu Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam.


(324) Hadith Number 12.


Hasrat Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports that a tailor invited Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. Thareed was served, in which dubbaa (dodhi -gourd) was added. As Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam loved dubbaa (dodhi-gourd) he began eating it. Hasrat Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: "After that no food was prepared for me, wherein if gourd could be added, it was always added". 
  


Commentary

Th
areed is a type of food wherein bread is mixed with gravy. This has already been mentioned in the eleventh hadith on the ‘Chapter of the food of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. There instead of Thareed, bread and gravy is mentioned. It is possible that both things were served, gravy and bread and Thareed also. It is possible that Thareed figuratively, or the ingredients of Thareed were mentioned separately, as bread and gravy when mixed together become Thareed.


(325) Hadith Number 13.


Hasrat 'Amrah Radiyallahu 'Anha reports that someone asked Sayyidina 'Aayeshah Radiyallahu 'Anha. "What was the usual practice of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam at home?" She replied: "He was a human from among other humans. He himself removed the lice from his clothing, milked his goats, and did all his work himself". 
       


Commentary

'He was a human from among other humans' means his habits were like that of other people. Rasulullah Salla lahu Alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam mostly did his household chores himself. He did not have pride or feel ashamed to do the household work or fulfil his needs. In a hadith it is stated that the work that was done by other people in their homes, was also done by Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. In some ahaadith, examples of the chores are also given as in the hadith under discussion. In the ahaadith it is also stated that he sewed his clothing himself, he repaired his shoes, mended his clothing etc. It must be noted that doing chores like other people was a sign of the modesty of Sayyidina Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam. The blessed rank of Sayyidina Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam, cannot be compared to any of the creation.

In the above hadith it is mentioned that he removed lice from his clothing. The ruling of the 'ulama is that lice was not found in the body and clothing of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu Alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam. It is evident that lice appears from the dirt of the body and multiplies with the perspiration. The whole body of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was Nur - light. There can be no questions of such imperfection in the blessed body, in the same manner his perspiration was like rose, which was used as a scent. How can it be possible for lice to live in the essence of rose. Therefore here it will mean that he looked for lice suspecting it from another person to have crept onto his clothing. The 'ulama say that this was done to teach the ummah, that when others see him doing this they will practise it more diligently.

Studying Ash-Shaam-il  

The Humility of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam)   

Praising of Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam 

Sayyidina Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam, warned not to exceed in praising him as the Christians did. We are to give him every honour, every virtue and is the owner of every bounty but do not exaggerate as the Christians did.  

Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam is the centre of perfection as though he was the purpose of all creation. A Sahabi (ra) once asked if he could prostrate in front of Rasululah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam, however this was not permitted. Imam ibn Jawziya (ra) stated ‘No-one claimed despite their love and passion from Sahabah (Ra) till now, that Rasululah Salla lahu Alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam was God.     

Children from the age of five who were around Sayyidina Rasulullah’s (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) remembered and narrated hadith. There was a child who taught for one hundred years after listening with his father from the age of five.
  


Humility 

Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu Alayhi wa’ale Hi Wasallam did not like the sahabah (ra) to stand for him. It has been stated ‘if you like people to stand for you, take your seat in the fire’. This is for the kings, as servants stand for them. Be like others, do not distinguish yourself as this can be seen as showing off. Large trees cannot stand the hurricane, but the small plants sway with the wind. The best jewel is always around the chest, similarly humility is the best. 
Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam would ride a donkey due to humbleness, he visited the sick and authentic hadith confirms he would visit poor and needy.  


Needs of People 

Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) divided his time into three parts; 
1) For Allah (swt)   2) For his family    3) For himself 

The Sunnah shows us that everyone has rights, give time to your children and to yourself. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) gave his own time to the people. We must not sacrifice the time for Allah (swt) or the time for our children. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) would meet the needs of the people and instructed the companions (Ra) to tell people what he says and for him to be told what others say, if they cannot reach him. Interceding and Mediating is from the blessed Sunnah. The service to others is a form of charity, the Zakaat of the poor is to give with their deeds.

Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) encouraged people to co-operate with each other but also warned them, as it is good to be suspicious sometimes. We should be careful and not naïve, but still accept the good of everyone. This is why the Ulama – scholars are careful when they are asked to give fatwas – religious rulings. We should not be outsmarted. 
  


Meeting People 

The people who came to meet Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) would always eat something in his blessed gathering. Around Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) were the best people, they watched Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) sat while doing zikr, stood with zikr, would look at everyone and would stand if someone talked to him. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) never let anyone stand for him or re-arrange their sitting arrangements if he was to enter.
Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) liked generosity, an example of this was he gave away a robe as soon as he received it. Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) never said ‘No’ unless in Shahadat.
 The blessed gatherings – majlis, of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) were of truth, knowledge and forbearance. He gave advice to the people, for example the one who is single should refrain from eating meat. This increases lust and temptation.