In Part 1, we discussed the behavior of the Holy Prophet (SAWW) towards his companions and children. In this part, we will discuss his behavior towards women, the poor and orphans.
Behavior Towards Women:
The Holy Prophet (SAWW) was very kind and affectionate towards women who were treated very badly in the time he lived. He gave them honor and dignity as Hazrat Umar (R.A.) said:
“We did not have much regard for women at Makkah; but they were better treated in Madinah. ALLAH’s Apostle established women’s rights through his sayings and commandments, which strengthened their position and status.” (Mishkat)
As women did not get much time to listen to the Holy Prophet (SAWW) or inquire about their problems, he set aside a day for them. Women could talk to Him and ask for advice about their problems freely and without any fear.
Once, some women were sitting around the Prophet (SAWW) and their tone was too loud. When Hazrat Umar came in to the house, they all left and hid themselves. Hazrat Umar addressing them said, “You fear me but you do not fear Allah’s Apostle.”
They replied, “You are hot tempered in comparison with Allah’s Apostle.” (Afzal-ur-Rehman: Encyclopedia of Seerah Vol.1)
As a result of the Prophet’s (SAWW) kind treatment, women would visit him and ask him questions. The companions were often surprised at their boldness. The Prophet (SAWW) was always gentle and tolerant towards them.
Behavior Towards the Poor and Orphans:
The Holy Prophet (SAWW) always showed utmost kindness and sympathy to the poor, who were the foremost supporters of his religion. He used to go with them to the Ka’abah for prayers and the chiefs of Makkah use to laugh at them.
A companion of the Prophet reported:
“Once I was sitting in the Mosque of the Prophet (SAWW) and the poor Muhajrin were sitting in one part of the Mosque. After some time, Allah’s Messenger came and sat with them. On seeing this, I got up and sat with them. The Prophet (SAWW) said: ‘Give good news to the poor muhajirin that they will enter Paradise forty years before the rich.‘ I saw their face light up with joy and hearing this I wished to be along with them or to be one of them.” (Afzal-ur-Rehman: Encyclopedia of Seerah Vol.1)
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) was also kind and gentle to the Orphans and asked his companions to be kind and gentle to them.
Abu Hurairah reported him saying:
“The best Muslim house is that in which an orphan is well treated and the worst Muslim house is that in which an orphan is ill-treated.” (Ibn-Majah)
He is also reported to have said, “Anyone who treats well an orphan girl or boy under his care, he and I shall be like these two in Paradise.” [putting two of his fingers together.]” (Bukhari)
It is obvious to everyone that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) was compassionate to all people, no matter their race, gender, age or status.