Benevolence and Generosity (Some Aspects of the Prophet’s Life and High Moral Standards)

Some Aspects of the Prophet’s Life and High Moral Standards

The Prophet ﷺ was the epitome of good moral character.

The Prophet ﷺ was the epitome of good character and personal integrity. When ‛Aa’ishah ~, one of the Prophet’s wives, was asked about the character of the Prophet ﷺ, she replied, “His character was the Qur’an.” (Musnad Ahmad: 24601; Saheeh Muslim: 746) This means he translated the noble teachings of the Qur’an into reality.

Benevolence and Generosity

  • The Prophet ﷺ was the most generous of all people, and he was most generous of all in the month of Ramadaan when Jibreel met him;Jibreel used to meet him every night in Ramadaan until the end of the month and teach him the Qur’an. When Jibreel met him, he would be more generous in doing good than a blowing wind [which comes with rain and prosperity].(Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 1803; Saheeh Muslim: 2308)
  • He never denied the request of anyone who asked him anything. Once a man came to him and asked him for something. The Prophet ﷺ gave him a flock of sheep filling the area between two mountains. The man was so happy that he returned to his people and called them to Islam, saying, “Embrace Islam, for Muhammad is so generous that he gives in charity without fearing poverty.” (Saheeh Muslim: 5423)
  • Once he received eighty thousand dirhams, so he placed the amount on a matand gave it in charity, not turning away anyone who asked him for something until the full amount was distributed. (Mustadrak Al-Haakim: 5423)
  • On another occasion, a man approached him and made a request for something, and the Prophet ﷺ said to him, “I do not have anything right now, but you can buy something in my name, and I will certainly pay for it when I get the money.” ‛Umar  turned to him and said, “Allah has not made it compulsory for you to do something beyond your capacity.” This comment offended the Prophet ﷺ a great deal. The man then said to him, “Spend in charity without fearing poverty, for the Lord of the Mighty Throne will not decrease your wealth.” The Prophet ﷺ smiled and his face was radiant with happiness. (Al-Ahaadeeth Al-Mukhtaarah: 88)
  • When the Prophet ﷺ returned from the Battle of Hunayn, some new converts from the Bedouin tribes who were eager to get their shares of the spoils of war followed him. They drove him to a tree where one of the uncouth Bedouins snatched his mantle off his shoulders, thinking it was part of the spoils of war. “Give me back my mantle,” he said, “for if I had as many camels as the trees [around here], I would divide them all among you. You know very well that I am neither miserly, nor deceitful, nor cowardly.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 2847)

May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, for he is indeed the epitome of excellent moral character in all aspects of life.