HE (S.A.W) used to eat and drink in the same utensil with Hazrat Ayesha. He invited Ansar girls to play with Ayesha and once while showing her the acrobatic feats of the Abyssnians, her chin was resting on the Prophet’s shoulders, and he repeatedly asked her if she was satisfied but Hazrat Ayesha continued her interest and this lasted for a long time. For Hazrat Safiah the Prophet (S.A.W) bent his knees to let her step over them to mount the camel for conveyance. On one occasion the camel stumbled and both the Prophet (S.A.W) and Hazrat Safiah fell down and when people rushed to help them, the Prophet (S.A.W) cried that the lady should be attended first. His son, Ibrahim, was put on the second floor of an iron-monger’s house during the nursing period and the Prophet (S.A.W) went there covering long distance and despite suffocating smoke he sat by the child and fondled and kissed him. When his daughter, Fatimah, came to him he stood up to receive her. Her sons, Hasan and Husain, were very much loved by the Prophet (S.A.W) who used to carry them on his shoulders and played with them. Even at the time of prayers they were permitted to sit on his shoulders. To a person who was surprised on seeing the Prophet (S.A.W) kissing Hussain, he said, “One who does not feel compassion for others should not expect for himself.” When his son, Ibrahim, died his eyes were filled with tears. Again when one of his daughters died before his eyes and the maid-servant Umm-e-Aiman began loud lamentation, the Prophet stopped her and on her retort that the Prophet himself was weeping, he said that such weeping comes from a feeling which is a Divine blessing. At the grave of his daughter, Umm-e-Kulsoom also, the Prophet (S.A.W) was in tears. Before the dead body of his foster brother, Usman bin Mazoon, the Prophet (S.A.W) was in tears and kissed the forehead of the corpse. The Prophet (S.A.W) himself explained his weeping in the following words: “The eyes are full of tears and the heart is sad but we can say nothing except that whatever is the Will of God must prevail.” Often in grief he uttered the following verse:
“For us God is sufficient and He is the best dispenser of affairs.” – (III:173)
He never raised his voice in weeping but sighed like a boiling kettle. His sensitive heart was also moved while praying to God and pearls shone in his eyes. On one occasion he asked Abdullah ibn Masud to recite the Qur’an and when he came to the verse:
“How then if We brought each people a witness and We brought thee as a witness against these people” –(IV : 41) a flood of tears rolled down his eyes. It is a matter of great surprise how the Prophet (S.A.W) with such delicately sensitive heart could demonstrate such patience and fortitude in times of distress and difficulties!
As mentioned above the Prophet (S.A.W) had a cheerful disposition and used to say “Your meeting a friend with a smiling face is also a virtuous act.” The Prophet (S.A.W) said that a smiling and cheerful disposition of a person who intended to accomplish stupendous tasks helped to win the hearts of the people. He has been described as:
He met people with such cordial cheerfulness that his affection became rooted in the hearts of his companions. His interesting and cheerful talks enlivened those around him, although he never lost balance and modesty. The portion of jest was mild like salt in the bread and there, too, never anything against truth could be found nor anyone’s feelings were hurt, nor did he indulge in boisterous laughter. His laughter was a smile like the opening of flower-buds in which only teeth were visible and never the gullet. Hazrat Abu Huraira once asked in surprise, “Do you joke with us also?” The Prophet (S.A.W) replied, “Yes, but I never say anything contrary to truth.” Some examples of the Prophet’s sense of humour will not be out of place here.
Once a man asked the Prophet(S.A.W) to give him a conveyance and the Prophet said “I will give you a camel calf .” The man said, “What shall I do with a calf?” And the Prophet said “Every camel is born of a she-camel as a calf.”
An old woman came to him and requested that he may pray for her to be given a place in Paradise. The Prophet humorously said, “No old woman can enter Paradise.” When the woman was leaving in tears, the Prophet asked those present to recall her and inform her that God does not send to Paradise anyone in the state of senility but has promised:
“We have created (their companions) of special creation and made them virgins pure (and undefiled).” – (LVI : 35-37) It means that those entering Paradise will be given the bloom of youth.
A beduin friend of the Prophet (S.A.W) who was on friendly terms with him was usually sent by him to market on business. Once when the beduin was selling something in market the Prophet (S.A.W) went quietly to him and put his hands over his eyes and asked him to recognize who he was. At first the beduin was flabbergasted and when he recognized he began to rub his shoulders against the Prophet’s (S.A.W) chest. The Prophet (S.A.W) then called out, “Who is going to purchase this slave?” The beduin said in humility, “Whosoever purchases this worthless slave be at a loss.” The Prophet then remarked, “You are not worthless in the sight of God.”
OCCASION TO LAUGH
Once in the thickness of the Battle of the Ditch the Prophet (S.A.W) found an occasion to laugh. It so happened that Sa’ad, the father of Amir, was aiming his arrows against an enemy who was promptly warding them off with his shield. Sa’ad then put the arrow in the bow and waited till the enemy put his face out of the shield and then threw the arrow with such precision that it struck the enemy’s forehead and he swirled and fell in a way that his legs were lifted above, creating a ludicrous situation.
The figure of religious and godly men as generally conceived is identified with a wry face and morose disposition, and it is difficult to understand as to how the Prophet with his devotion in prayers, his God-fearing nature, his stupendous responsibilities and overhanging worries could find time for such relaxation in the scheme of life.
But in this scheme, faith and godliness do not mean abstention from relaxation. In reply to a question Ibn Umar said that the companions of the Prophet (S.A.W) used to laugh although faith was firmly rooted in their hearts like a rock. They used to compete in archery exercises and heartily laughed together. There was a general assembly after the morning prayer at which pre-Islamic stories were also told and the Prophet laugh along with his companions. With the children and with his household he was always full of cheer.