In honor of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) [March 20 / 12th Rabi ul Awwal], I am posting some of my favorite sayings and stories from his noble life. Please feel free to add your own favorites in the comments.
“Verily God is beautiful and loves beauty.”
A bedouin came to the masjid of the Prophet, peace be upon him, in Medina. He urinated in the middle of the masjid. Several of the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, angrily came up to him, trying to get him to stop. Prophet Muhammad, (pbuh) told them to let him finish. When the Bedouin was done, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) gently told him that this was the House of Allah, and thus an inappropriate place to urinate. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) cleaned the urine with his own hands.
“If a Muslim plants a tree, or sows a field and men and beasts and birds eat from it, all of it is charity from him.”
“Even a smile is charity.”
On the authority of Abu Malik Al-Harith bin Asim Al-Ashair said that the Messenger of Allah said:
Purity is half of faith. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scales, and Subhana-Allah (How far is Allah from every imperfection) and Alhamdulillah fill that which is between Heaven and Earth. Prayer is light; Charity is a proof; patience is illumination; and the Quran is an argument for or against you.
On the way to the Hajj, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and a Companion were traveling together. A woman passed by them. The Companion began staring at her. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) gently placed his hand on the man’s jaw and turned his face away from her.
“I swear by Allah that you people cannot attain salvation, unless you prevent the oppressors from oppression.”
‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) tells of a time when he went to the Prophet and noticed that there were only pieces of leather and some barley lying in the corner of the room. He looked around and, failing to observe anything else, he started crying. When the Prophet asked him why he was crying, he replied:
“O Prophet of Allah! Why should I not weep? I can see the mat’s pattern imprinted on your body and I am also seeing all that you have in this room. O Prophet of Allah! Pray that Allah may grant ample provisions for us. The Persians and Romans have no faith but their kings live in gardens with streams running in their midst while you live in such dire poverty.”
The Prophet, who was resting, sat up and said: “O Umar! Are you still in doubt about this matter? Ease and comfort in the Hereafter are much better than in this world.”
(Taken from Farid Esack, On Being a Muslim, cited in Mohammad Kandhlawi, Stories of the Sahabah.)
“My poverty is my pride.”
“If the Last Hour strikes and finds you carrying a sapling to the grove for planting, go ahead and plant it.”