Islamic Sciences and Centrality of Spirituo-Ethics - A.A, Nadwi

Natural Disposition, Character of The Prophet

“The Prophet came of the noblest stock, yet he was very modest, exceedingly large-hearted and most sweet -tempered; he never kept aloof from his companions; cherished a kind and tender disposition towards children and often took them in his lap; accepted the invitation to take meals with slaves and maidservants, the poor and the indigent; visited the sick even if he had to go to the farthest corner of the city and always accepted the excuse offered for a misdeed." The Prophet was never seen stretching his legs whilest sitting with his companions lest anyone of them should feel inconvenience. His companions recited or listened poems, described some incident of the pagan past while the Prophet either sat silently or smiled with them at some amusing remark. The Prophet was extremely kindhearted and affectionate the finest human sentiments and virtues were discernible in his demeanour. Often he asked his daughter Fatima, "Send for my both sons (Hasan and Husain)." When the two came running, the Prophet used to kiss and embrace them. Once he happened to have in his lap one of his grandsons who was at the last gasp. His eyes started overflowing. S'ad asked, "What is this, 0 Messenger of God?" This is compassion," replied the Prophet, 'planted in the hearts of such servants of God whom He wills. Verily, God has mercy upon those who are compassionate".

To read further, 1) Character of the Prophet, A.A, Nadwi - Seyyed Nasr

This post is part of our series of lecture reading excerpts from Sanad Foundation's 2018 course 'Islamic Scholarly Tradition' taught by Sidi Mohamed Acharki in Melbourne.