Written by Sami Zaatari Saturday, 09 October 2010 01:56
Anyone who studies the life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) will learn about his modesty, contrary to what the critics say, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a very humble man, and a man who did not go around showing off or trying to get everyone to praise him.
Here are a list of authentic Hadith’s that show the humbleness and modesty of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
Tirmidhi 046 : 313 : Hadith 001) 'Umar says: ''The Prophet said: 'Do not exceed in praising me as the Christians over-praised Jesus. (That they made him the son of God.) I am a bondsman of Allah, therefore, call me the bondsman of Allah and His Prophet".
Tirmidhi 046 : 318 : Hadith 006) Anas bin Maalik reports: "No one was more beloved to the Sahaabah than the Prophet. When they saw him they did not stand up, knowing that he did not approve of it".
An-Nasa'i: Some people said, “O Messenger of Allah, O the best amongst us and son of the best of us, you are our master and also the son of our master.” So he (the Prophet) said, “O people, say what you have to say; do not allow the Satan to fascinate you. I am Muhammad, the slave of Allah and His Messenger. I do not like you to raise me above my status to which I have been raised by Allah, Most Noble and Majestic is He.” [Reported by An-Nasa'i with valid Sanad]
So all of the above show what a modest man the prophet was, he commanded the Muslims to not over praise him, lest he be turned into some sort of God because of all the praise. He also did not approve the act of standing up when people came into his presence! And lastly, he disliked it when people came to him and started showering full of praises upon him, telling them to get on with their point.
If the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was this humble and modest, then what about all of us? Perhaps all of us should look at this example and start reforming ourselves to become less arrogant, and more humble!
And Allah Knows Best!