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Introduction

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.

This book provides 70 incidents, paraphrased for the sake of conciseness, serve as a reminder of who the Prophet PBUH really was: a man of mercy and moral greatness who sought not the praise of this world, but its betterment through his example.

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Let The Angels Respond

The Prophet PBUH never stooped to reciprocating to insults, choosing not to respond at all.

He would smile when he saw his companions refrain from responding to insults. However when his companions would speak up, the Prophet PBUH would leave.

He taught us that when a person stoops to the level of those who insult, they allow the devil to steer their course.

One of the core principals of Islam is to not allow our emotions and actions to be hijacked by the devil.

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Methods For Seeking Refuge From The Devil

How to maintain our composure when angry:

  • Change your physical position to less confrontational ones
  • Sit if you are standing, if that doesn't help then lay down
  • Perform ablution (the act of washing oneself)

In anger, we tend to respond in prideful, satanic ways that serve nothing and no one but your own ego.

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'An Angel was with you, responding on your behalf. But when you said back to him some of what he said, a devil arrived, and it is not for me to sit with devils.'

PROPHET MUHAMMAD PBUH

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Allah Loves Gentleness

The Messenger of Allah PBUH did not retaliate or repeat back insults, he did not even let his wife respond harshly to those who insulted him.

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'O Aishah, be gentle! Indeed, Allah is Gentle and loves gentleness in all matters.

Beware of being harsh and vulgar.'

PROPHET MUHAMMAD PBUH

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They Just Don't Know Any Better

After bleeding at the hands of the enemy, the Messenger of Allah PBUH still had the resilience of character to ask Allah to forgive them. He appealed to Allah with the prayer for forgiveness.

Despite experiencing and witnessing torture, the Messenger of Allah PBUH maintained magnanimity.

His normal response was to seek forgiveness for those who wronged him and his followers.

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'O Allah, forgive my people, for they do not know.'

PROPHET MUHAMMAD PBUH

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Forgiving A Sorcerer

There was a man who used to serve the Prophet Muhammad PBUH and was paid by members of his tribe to employ witchcraft against the Messenger of Allah PBUH.

For 6 months, the Prophet PBUH was weakened and mentally fatigued by these incantations.

Once the man performing the witchcraft was exposed, permission was sought to execute him. However the Prophet PBUH chose to forgive him for his evil as Allah had cured him and he did not wish to stir evil among the people.

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'And do not mind the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Ignore their harm and rely upon Allah. And sufficient is Allah as a Disposer of your affairs.

AL AHZAB 33.48

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Do You Not Love That Allah Should Forgive You?

Rumours spread that the Messenger of Allah PBUH's wife had committed adultery. After a month long ordeal of suspicion and tension, Allah finally revealed versus in Surah an-Nur exposing the ringleaders behind the lie, but this wasn't before some of the believers had begun to believe and circulate this unfounded story.

One of the genuine believers of the Prophet PBUH had made the mistake of repeating this accusation. The Prophet PBUH ultimately forgave this man who slandered his wife and told his followers to not boycott him.

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'Let not those among you who are virtuous and wealthy swear not to give to their kin and those in need.

Do you not love that Allah should forgive you?

And Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful'

AN-NUR 24

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A Powerful Prisoner

There was a man who plotted to kill the Prophet PBUH.

Once he was caught captive, the Messenger of Allah PBUH remained hopeful that he would become Muslim and earn the forgiveness of Allah. This man recieved the utmost kindness and hospitality from the Messenger PBUH.

Upon his release, he took a bath and entered the mosque to seek forgiveness and accept Islam. He explained that he disliked the Prophet PBUH more than any other face on the earth, but now he became the most beloved face to him.

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Sparing The Enemies Of Islam

Once this man had accepted Islam, his whole tribe followed him in entering the fold of Islam.

They boycotted the enemies and refused to send them any more grain, which the enemy heavily depended on. This sanction would have drained their strength.

However the Messenger of Allah PBUH interceded, despite being at war with them, because of his concern for the innocent people behind enemy lines.

The tribe responded to the Prophet PBUH instructions and resumed trade, saving the city that had itself boycotted the Prophet PBUH for so many years.

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'I heard that no matter how grave a persons crime against him, the Prophet Muhammad PBUH always chose forgiveness.'

THE ASSASSIN

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His Daughters Persecutor

There was a man who set out to harm the Prophet PBUH's daughter. He poked her camel with a spear until it threw her to the ground.

She suffered a miscarriage in addition to serious injuries that severely affected her health and contributed to her death several years later.

This was a painful blow for the Prophet PBUH to lose his first unborn grandchild and then his dear daughter.

When the man who caused this unfortunate event came begging for exoneration, the Prophet of Mercy PBUH forgave him despite having the means and justification to take revenge.

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'I have not been sent as one who curses. Rather, I was sent as a mercy.'

PROPHET MUHAMMAD PBUH

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