„I started looking at him and the moon, he was wearing a red coat and he seemed more beautiful to me than the moon.“ (Al-Tirmidhi)
This is how Jabir ibn Samurades described the last prophet, the head of the pious, the leader of the faithful, the elect of the most gracious – Muhammad, the Messenger of God.
He had a pleasant face that was round, white, and even. His hair fell to his earlobes. His beard was thick and black. When he liked something, his face lit up. His laugh was nothing more than a smile. His eyes were blackish and his eyelashes long. His long eyebrows were bent. When Abdullah ibn Salam, the chief rabbi of Medina, saw his face, he explained that such a noble face could not be the face of a liar!
It was medium in size, neither large nor small. He leaned forward, leaning forward. He was wearing tanned leather sandals. His pants reached the middle of the shin or sometimes just above his ankles.
On his back, below the left shoulder, was the seal of the ‘prophecy’. It was the size of a pigeon egg with bright spots like paint in it. His palms are described as softer than silk brocade.
When he approached, he was recognized from afar by his fragrance. The drops of his sweat are compared to pearls. His companions collected his sweat to mix it with their perfume, which made it smell better!
Islamic teaching states that when someone experiences the blessing of seeing the prophet in a dream as he was described, he has actually seen him.
He often remained silent for a long time and was the most dignified when he was silent. When he spoke, he uttered nothing but the truth, in a voice that was pleasant to the ear. He did not speak in a hurry like many people do today, but spoke clearly so that those who were sitting with him could keep it. His language is described in such a way that if someone had wanted to count his words, it would have been easy to do so. His companions described him as neither vulgar nor indecent. He never cursed or abused anyone. He only chided by his statement:
„What is wrong with him and with people?“ (Sahieh Al-Bukhari)
The behavior he hated the most was lies. Sometimes he would repeat himself two or three times so that his audience could understand him better. He gave short sermons. His eyes reddened, his voice grew louder, and his emotions became visible, as if warning of the immediate attack of an enemy.
He lived a simple life, without pomp or waste. He turned his back on worldly life and left it behind. He considered it a prison, not a paradise! If he wanted, he could have gotten anything he wanted because he was offered the keys of the treasures, but he didn’t accept them. He exchanged his part in this life for the hereafter. He knew that this was just a corridor, not a permanent residence. He completely understood that it was a transit station and not an amusement park. He recognized its real value – a summer cloud that will soon dissolve.
God says He made Him rich (and sure in faith) after being poor and searching:
„Didn’t He find you needy and make you rich?“ (Quran 93: 8)
Aisha, his wife, reported:
“A month passed in which the Muhammad family did not light a fire. They fed on two things: dates and water. Some of the people of Medina who were their neighbors sent milk from their sheep, which he drank and gave to his family. ” (Sahieh Al-Bukhari, Sahieh Muslim)
She also reported that the Muhammad family never ate wheat bread for three consecutive days from when they reached Medina until his death until they were full – that was over ten years !
But he got up in the middle of the night to show his gratitude to his throat in prayer. He prayed until his feet swelled! And when his wives asked him why he worshiped God so much, his simple answer was:
„Shouldn’t I be a grateful servant of God?“ (Sahieh Al-Bukhari, Sahieh Muslim)
Umar, one of his companions, remembered the days when they were starving and said that sometimes the Prophet did not even have rotten dates to satisfy his hunger!
Another companion, Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, witnessed when the Prophet, may God praise him, once rose from sleep. The mat he usually slept on was made of hard palm leaves and left deep marks on his body. Abdullah reproachfully said:
“May my father and mother be sacrificed for you. Why don’t you let us make something (softer) for you that could protect you? ”
“I have nothing to do with this world. I am in this world like a rider who rests in the shade of a tree for a short time and continues the journey after a rest and leaves the tree behind. ” (Al-Tirmidhi)
Numerous conquerors are known in the history books for shedding rivers of blood and building pyramids out of skulls. Muhammad, may God praise him, was known for his forgiveness. He never took revenge on anyone who had wronged him. This is borne out by the fact that he never hit anyone with his hand, neither woman nor slave, unless he was fighting in battle. We see his pardon most clearly on the day when he moved into Mecca after eight years of exile as a conqueror.
He forgave those who had persecuted him and forced him and his family to spend three years in exile in the rugged mountains; to those who had called him mad, poet or possessed. He forgave Abu Sufyan, one of the worst of his people, who had made plans to persecute him day and night, along with his wife Hind, who desecrated the dead body of the Prophet’s Muslim uncle and ate his raw liver after she wahchi , commissioned a grim slave known for his relentless fighting to kill him, which later made him accept Islam. Who else had such a sublime character as the noblest and most truthful Messenger of God?
Wahschi, who used to live in Mecca, gained his freedom through Hind’s commission to kill the Prophet’s uncle. When Islam conquered Mecca, Wahschi ran away from Mecca to Taif. But soon Taif was on the verge of being captured by the Muslims. He was told that Muhammad forgave everyone who accepted Islam. Though his crime was so great, he gathered all his courage, came to the Prophet of Mercy and spoke out for Islam, and Muhammad, may God praise him, forgave him.
His pardon even reached Habbar ibn Aswad. When Zaynab, the Prophet’s daughter, emigrated from Mecca to Medina, the Meccans tried to stop them, one of them was habitable. It was through him that the Prophet’s pregnant daughter fell from her camel. Due to the fall, she lost her baby. Escaping from the guilt of this crime, Habbar fled to Iran, but God turned his heart to the Prophet. So he came to the Prophet’s judgment, confessed his guilt, pronounced the creed, and was forgiven by the Prophet!
Muhammad, may God praise him, performed miracles with God’s permission. He split the moon in half by pointing his finger at it. On a journey known as Mi’raağ, he traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem on a heavenly mount, the Buraq, in a single night; there he directed prayer for all the prophets and then ascended the seven heavens to meet his Lord. He healed the sick and the blind; at his command the demons left the possessed, water flowed from his fingers and his food praised God.
He was also the most undemanding person. He sat on the floor, ate on the floor, and slept on the floor. A companion reported that when a stranger came to a gathering where he was present, he could not distinguish the prophet from his companion because of his modesty. Anas, his servant, vowed that the prophet had never chastised or rebuked him for anything in the nine years of his ministry. The people who were with him described Muhammad as so modest that even a little girl could hold his hand whenever she wished. He also used to visit the sick among the Muslims and attended their funerals. He used to travel at the end of the caravan to help the weak and to pray for them. He didn’t hesitate to go with a widow or a poor man until he has done their job. He always accepted invitations, even if they came from slaves, and he ate nothing more than simple bread with them.
He was the best man to his women. Aisha, his wife, described how humble he was:
“He used to deal with serving and helping his household; and when it was time for prayer, he did the prayer wash and went to prayer. He patched up his sandals and sewed his own clothing himself. He was a simple person who searched his clothes for lice, wheedled his sheep and did his work himself. ” (Sahieh Al-Bukhari)
In fact, he was the best person in his family. He had such a personality that people were not kept away from him!
So was the noblest prophet of God whom we should love more than describes ourselves and God as follows:
“Verily, you have a beautiful example in God’s Messenger …” (Quran 33:21)