The Prophet(S.A.W) was free from all superstitions and never consulted omens. Nevertheless, he appreciated good names and disliked bad ones. While camping on the way during a journey, he selected places whose names indicated happiness or blessing or success. Similarly he did not entrust any work to a person whose name smacked of quarrel or loss. He gave work to such men whose names meant joy or success. He also changed some names for better ones. In the use of conveyance he preferred the horse and used to say that in the hair of the horse’s neck there was blessing till the Day of Judgement. He cleaned the eyes, nose and mouth of the horse with his own hands. He did not like noise and turmoil and preferred calm, dignity and order in everything. Even for going to prayers he prohibited running and undue haste. He used to say “Calmness and dignity is for you.” Once at the time of Hajj there was much noise and confusion and the Prophet(S.A.W) restored order by raising his whip and said, “Undue hurry is no virtue.”
A description of the Prophet’s(S.A.W) good manners needs a separate volume as his whole life was a portrayal of elegance in manners. Hazrat Ayesha said, “His etiquette is the Qur’an.” What Anas bin Malik said about him was most comprehensive. He said, “He was the best of men, most generous of men and the bravest of men.” Never in his life did he hurt anyone except under the Divine law and never took revenge for any injury from others. He forgave everyone to the extent that he even forgave his most cruel persecutors of Makkah and Taif. He never refused anyone’s request for help and even borrowed to help others if he could not arrange it himself or asked the person to come some other time or kept silent. The proof of his courage is that he stood up single-handedly to proclaim the truth and bravely faced all troubles and tribulations, never giving way to fear even in the most dangerous situations nor did he ever show any weakness. In the most critical times of his stay at the cave of Thaur and in the Battles of Uhad and Hunain, his faith remained unflinching and his steadfastness unparalleled.