Wise words from the Prophet of Mercy, Muhammed (pbuh)

He truly was a mercy to all mankind and these are the ways he taught people to behave.

He truly was a mercy to all mankind and these are the ways he taught people to behave.

On this auspicious day, many flock towards the city of Medina in celebration of the birth of the Prophet of Mercy, Muhammed (peace be upon him). The holy Quran has said of him: “There has certainly come to you an apostle from among yourselves. Grievous to him is your distress; he has a deep concern for you, and is most kind and merciful to the faithful.” [Al-Tawbah: 168] And of himself, he has said:

“I have been given five things that no prophet before me was given: I was sent to the white, black and red; the earth has been made pure for me and a place for prostration; I have been made victorious with awe; and spoils were permitted for me when they were not permitted to any before me [or to any prophet before me]; and I have been given the collection of wise words in the form of the Holy Quran.” [Amali al-Tusi: pg. 484, no. 1059]

There are hundreds upon hundreds of narrations and hadiths from this noble character, and here are some of our favourites:

1 – Trust in Allah (swt)

“Whoever would like to be the strongest of people should place his trust in Allah, the most High.” [Jami al-Akhbar: pg. 321, no. 904]

2 – Being kind to your neighbours

“Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should be good to his neighbours. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should be generous to his guest. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should say what is good or be silent.” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad: Book 6, Hadith 102]

3 – The attributes of the intelligent

“The attribute of a man of intellect is that he is clement towards one who behaves rashly with him, overlooks the fault of one who wrongs him, is humble even towards one who is lower than him in rank, tries to get ahead of those above him in his quest for good. Whenever he wishes to speak, he contemplates: if what he wants to say is good, he says it and benefits as a result, and if it is bad, then he keeps quiet and remains safe as a result. When a temptation arises before him, he holds fast to Allah and guards his hand and his tongue: if he sees virtue in it, he seizes it, neither losing his modesty thereat nor displaying any greed. These are ten qualities by which a man of intellect may be known.” [Tuhaf Al-Uqool: pg. 28]

4 – The superiority of making peace and establishing justice among the people

“There is a Sadaqa to be given for every joint of the human body, and for every day on which the sun rises there is a reward of a Sadaqa (charitable gift) for the one who establishes justice among people.” [Sahih Bukhari: Vol. 3, Book 49, Hadith 870]

5 – Embracing the power of the Holy Quran

“When matters become obscure for you like the darkness of the night, then turn to the Quran, for it is the mediating intercessor and the trustworthy deviser. Whoever puts it in front of them, it will lead them to Heaven, and whoever puts it behind them, it may take him to Hell.” [Kenzul Ummal: Hadith 4027]

6 – Remembering Allah (swt)

“There is no group that remembers Allah, except that the angels encompass them, mercy covers them, and tranquility descends upon them: and Allah remembers (mentions) them before those who are with Him.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi: Vol. 6, Book 45, Hadith 3378]

7 – Giving in the way of the Lord

“The most open-handed of people is he who gives freely of himself and his wealth in the way of Allah.” [Nawadir al-Rawandi: pg. 20]

8 – Removing anger from your heart

“When one of you becomes angry while standing, he should sit down. If the anger leaves him, well and good; otherwise he should lie down.” [Sunan Abi Dawud: Book 42, Hadith 4765]

9 – On becoming humble and showing humility

“Blessed be he who humbles himself before Allah without having any deficiency, and who humiliates himself without poverty.” [Tanbih al-Khawatir: Vol. 2, pg. 66]

10 – The role and reward of a ruler in society

“A ruler who, having obtained control over the affairs of the Muslims, does not strive for their betterment and does not serve them sincerely shall not enter Paradise with them.” [Sahih Muslim: Book 20, Hadith 4503]