Monday 18 May 2020

Ramadan 2020/1441: Ramadan Gratitude Journal Day 25

Which character trait of the Prophet are you grateful for?
I am not sure how the answer this question. How do you even begin to grasp the beautiful qualities of Allah’s (SWT) most beloved Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Then how do you begin to weigh up which ones have impacted you the most? I don’t feel equipped to do that, so I will list some of the character traits of the Prophet that I am grateful for, with the disclaimer that I know so little of what there is to know about him.

I am grateful for his example. He is the embodiment of our faith and the perfect role model for how to practice it through every part and stage of our life.

I am grateful for how he treated his womenfolk: his love for his mother, his kindness towards his wives, his affection towards his daughters and his respectfulness towards women in general. If all of our menfolk could follow his example, Muslim women would be considered the luckiest of all women.

I am grateful for his merciful and kind nature: he never retaliated for his own pain, he always forgave, he taught us always to give others the benefit of the doubt and avoid being harsh.

I am grateful that he had a cheerful and positive disposition, always smiling and encouraging others towards good. The world has no shortage of po-faced, self-righteous religious people, I am grateful that he showed us a better way.

There is so much more and so very much more that I am ignorant of, but these are a few things

Which character trait of the Prophet are you grateful for?

You can find the original Ramadan Gratitude journal challenge here and my take on it here.

Now there has come to you a Messenger from among yourselves; grievous to him is your suffering; anxious is he over you, gentle to the believers, compassionate. ~ Quran 9:128

Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in Allah and the latter day and remembers Allah much. ~ Quran 33:21

And indeed, you are of a great moral character. ~ Quran 68:4

Qatadah reported: I said to Aisha (radhiallahu‘anha), “O mother of the believers, tell me about the character of the Messenger of Allah, ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).” Aisha said, “Have you not read the Quran?” I said, “O course.” Aisha said, “Verily, the character of the Prophet of Allah was the Quran.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 746)

“God has sent me to perfect good manners and to do good deeds.” (Bukhari)

“The Prophet (PBUH) did not swear at anyone, nor was He rude, nor did He curse anyone. If He desired to reprimand someone, He would say: ‘What is wrong with him, may dust be cast in his face!” (Bukhari)

“The Prophet (PBUH) did not refuse to give anything which He had to someone if he asked for it.” (Bukhari)

“I have never seen a man who smiled as much as the Messenger of Allah.” (Tirmidhi)

Aisha (radhiallahu‘anha) narrated: “I once found difficulty in riding a horse, so I kept reining it in repeatedly. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then said, ‘You must have gentleness.’” (Muslim)

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