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.
- The Prophet ﷺ upheld justice under all circumstances and judged by Allah’s rule even if that was against one of his closest family members, in compliance with Allah’s command, “O you who believe, be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives.” (Soorat An-Nisaa’, 4:135)
- When some of his companions came to intercede with him on behalf of a noblewoman who had committed a theft so that she would be spared the punishment, he said, “By Him in whose hand is Muhammad’s soul, even if Faatimah, the daughter of Muhammad, committed a theft, I would cut off her hand.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 4053; Saheeh Muslim: 1688)
- When he declared all forms of usury (ribaa) forbidden, he stated that the first usury he declared entirely remitted was that of Al-‛Abbaas ibn ‛Abd Al-Muttalib, his own uncle: “The person whose usury I claim authority over is Al-‛Abbaas ibn ‛Abd Al-Muttalib; it will be abolished, all of it.” (Saheeh Muslim: 1218)
- A civilized and cultivated society in his estimation is one in which the weak can claim their rights without fear or hesitation: “Woe to the nation whose individuals do not give the weak his due in full.” (Sunan Ibn Maajah: 2426)