Akhlaq-e-Nabawi – The Manners of Muhammad (PBUH)

507242_ancient_gold_camel.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Following on from Hudhud’s recent comment on Don’t Sell Yourself Short I think a short exposition of one of the most fundamental principles of Islam is long overdue…

Don’t get me wrong, by writing a post on manners and etiquettes doesn’t mean that I am the most perfect example, but I write in the hope of learning and improving, and by putting forward a (brief) picture of the Akhlaq (Islamic etiquettes & manners) of the most perfect man ever to have walked the earth – Muhammad (SAW), I hope to illustrate why the religion of Islam gained ascendancy over the religions of the world in the past.

The great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stressed through his Akhlaq, the importance that Islam places on Huqooqul-Ibaad – which means the rights which are due on Allah’s creation, i.e. not only the rights of human beings, but the rights of animals and all living things. This is illustrated by a classic example of when a Sahabi (Companion of the Prophet (SAW)) was reprimanded by the Prophet (PBUH) himself for staying seated on his camel whilst talking to another Sahabi – he was told that the camel was not to be used as a chair.

Then we have the way the Prophet (PBUH) treated others. He was always the first to give Salaam (Islamic greeting which means ‘Peace’) and he was always smiling, even though he was so worried about the spiritual welfare of the whole of mankind.

Whenever he talked to somebody he would fully face the person he was talking to and whenever he received envoys or delegations he would give them the place of honour by his side, indeed, treating each person according to his or her status was one of his specialities.

He would give sermons in the Masjid (Mosque), visit the poor and needy, command the army in times of war, mend his own clothes, help out with the housework, and give time to all his wives and family members – in short, the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (PBUH) provided an example of a code of conduct for people to live by, a code which extends beyond issues relating to worship, a code which spans our social dealings, business transactions and even our moral intentions – the code of conduct which is now know as Islam.

Like I said, it’s so easy for me to blog about this, but it is at this point that the question comes into my head, ‘Can I say that I follow this?’

As they say, one’s behaviour is the index to one’s mind, and so I can only say that I truly believe in this if it is in my practical life – or at least I am attempting to implement it into my practical life. Otherwise, they are mere words – a body without a soul.

So, as part of the marketing campaign of a Muslim, he or she must have the Akhlaq-e-Nabawi, and must be making a lifelong, concerted effort to implement the same.

Who knows? If we do, we might even be worthy of saying, ‘Kunoo mislana! Become like us and you’ll be successful!’ and leave such a positive impression upon the minds of men that people will not be able to help themselves and enter the fold of Islam.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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