The Prophet's Humbleness
Im"m S"diq said the following in his description of the Messenger of Allah: "He used to prefer to ride on the donkey without a saddle, eat while sitting on the most modest of all types of flooring in the company of the slaves, handing something to the beggar in his own hand. He used to ride a donkey and seat his slave or anyone else behind him. He used to ride a mare, a mule or a donkey without any hesitation." On the day the Muslims scored a victory over Bani Quraydha, he was riding a donkey whose reins were made of cable made of date-tree's leaves. [it was possible for the Prophet to ride the best of the horses, for hundreds were available to his forces, but he opted for a humble way of life and preferred to be like the majority of people at that time who could not afford more than a donkey as a means of transport.]
In an incident, Im"m B"qir is quoted as having said, "The Messenger of Allah walked out seeking to take care of an errand. He saw al-Fadl ibn al-!Abb"s so he said, "Let this youth ride behind me," then the Messenger of Allah rode on with his hand behind the youth. Then he said to the youth, "Young man! Fear Allah, you will then find Him before you. O young man! Fear Allah and He shall make you independent of anyone else."
Adopted from the book : "The Prophet Muhammad; a Mercy to the World" by : "Ayatullah Muhammad Sadiq al-Shirazi"
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