“And lo, Thou art of a tremendous nature.”
[Surah Qalam : 4]
Rasulullah’s (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) character extracted from
the Ahaadeeth of Shamaa`il Tirmizi
Imam Hasan (RA) says, (my younger brother) Husayn said : “I asked my father (Hazrat Ali (RA)) about the conduct of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) in his assemblies.”
Continuation from the previous post:
- When he spoke, those present bowed their heads in such a manner, as if birds were sitting on their heads. (They did not shift about, as birds will fly away on the slightest move).
- When he completed his talks, the others would begin speaking. (No one would speak while Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) spoke. Whatever one wanted to say, it would be said after he had completed speaking).
- They did not argue before him regarding anything.
- Whenever one spoke to him, the other would keep quiet and listen till he would finish.
- The speech of every person was as if the first person was speaking. (They gave attention to what every person said. It was not as is generally found, that in the beginning people pay full attention, and if the talk is lengthened, they become bored, and begin to pay less attention).
- When all laughed for something, he would laugh too. The things that surprised the people, he would also show his surprise regarding that. (He would not sit quietly and keep himself aloof from everyone, but made himself part of the gathering).
- He exercised patience at the harshness and indecent questions of a traveller. (Villagers usually ask irrelevant questions. They do not show courtesy and ask all types of questions. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) did not reprimand them but exercised patience).
- The Sahabah would bring travellers to his assemblies (so that they themselves could benefit from the various types of questions asked by these people, and also hear some questions regarding which they themselves, due to etiquette, would not ask).
- Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would say : ‘When you see a person in need, then always help that person.’
- (If someone praised him, he would detest it.) If someone, by way of thanks praised him, he would remain silent. (Because it is necessary that one thank a person for a good favour or good deed. It is like one fulfilling one’s duty. Some of the ‘Ulama have translated this as : ‘If one did not exceed in praising him, he would keep silent.’ That means if he exceeded, he would prohibit him).
- He did not interrupt someone talking and did not begin speaking when someone else was busy speaking.
- If one exceeded the limits, he would stop him or would get up and leave (so that that person would stop).”