Prophet Muhammad PBUH - 30: A Perfect Human Being In All
30 June 2010
By Adil Salahi
We always stress
that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a human being
who experienced all that a person may experience in
life. However, he was chosen by God to be His
messenger to mankind, bringing them God’s final
message and providing them with practical guidance on
how to conduct their lives in accordance with the
teachings of God’s message.
We have detailed descriptions of what he looked like,
but what is more important to us is to understand his
character and how he behaved with other people. From
these descriptions we gather that he was a rare
example of Arab manly charm who combined all aspects
of an attractive physical and personal appearance.
He was handsome, loveable, awe-inspiring, modest,
loyal, loving and caring. He was very happy when he
brought a smile to anyone, but his happiness would be
greater if that person was a child, a helpless woman
or an unfortunate elderly person.
The Prophet combined all this with exceptional
physical strength and vigor. He consistently overcame
strong people in combat. When he was still in Makkah,
a man who was renowned for his strength and wrestling
ability told Prophet Muhammad that he would believe in
him as God’s messenger if he could beat him in
The Prophet accepted the challenge and beat the man.
The latter tried to find excuses and wanted the match
to be restarted. The Prophet beat him again. Moreover,
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) could ride an
unsaddled horse and easily tame and control him.
However, he did not use his physical strength to press
any advantage over others, or to gain their love or
respect. He wanted people to take everything easily
and live with him as they live with a dear friend.
With members of his family, he wanted life to run
smoothly and showed them that he was one of them. He
would even compete with those he loved in a pleasant
Ayesha reports that she was accompanying the Prophet
on a journey when she was still young and thin.
“The Prophet told his fellow travelers to go ahead of
them. He then said to me: Shall we race? We raced, and
I won. He said nothing. Later, when I had put on some
weight, we were on another trip, when he told other
people to march ahead. He then said to me: Shall we
race? We raced and he won. He laughed and said: We
thus draw, one race each.” Thus, he took such things
so lightly, even though he was approaching sixty years
of age, and he was the head of a powerful state where
he enjoyed unparalleled popular love.
Yet he would visit his servant’s family and extend his
kindness to them. Anas ibn Malik was a servant at the
Prophet’s home for 10 years.
The Prophet visited Anas’ home on numerous occasions.
Anas reports: “The Prophet visited my mother and saw
that my young brother, Abu Umayr, was sad. He asked
her: ‘What grieves Abu Umayr?’ She told him that he
had a little bird, which died that day. The Prophet
asked my brother: ‘Abu Umayr, where is the little bird
gone?’ He asked him the same question every time he
This incident tells us much about the Prophet’s
kindness to all people. He visits his servant’s people
in their home, and inquires about the reason for a
child’s sadness, comforting him about the loss of his
bird, and remembers his feelings every time he sees