Whenever they reaped their first harvest, they brought early, fresh fruits to the Holy Prophet Mohammed (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Then he would distribute them among those who sat around him. This morning, a poor man brought one fruit from his small farm and gave it to the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).
He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) accepted the gift, tasted it and then went on eating it alone while the companions watched. One of those present meekly said: O Prophet of Almighty God, you have over looked the right of those who watch while you eat? The Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) smiled and waited till the man who had brought the fruit had gone. Then he (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said: I tasted the fruit and it was not yet ripe. Had I allowed you to have some of it, someone would have definitely shown his distaste, thus disappointing the poor man who had brought the gift. Rather than make him feel disappointing, my palate accepted the bitterness.
This is how Prophet Mohammed (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) taught us best of morals and excellent manners. By living a simple and ordinary life and treating everybody alike with courtesy and respect, he was able to spread the light of Islam. His immaculate personality and lofty character, coupled with his honesty and wisdom, attracted multitudes of people towards truth and justice. Holy Prophet Mohammed (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) pays great importance to the behavior of human beings amongst each other in a society. Hence, always seems advising the following:
1. Deal gently with people, and be not harsh; cheer them and condemn not.
2. The best of friends is he who is best in behavior and character.
3. One who does not practice modesty and does not refrain from shameless deeds is not a Muslim.
4. Much silence and a good disposition; there are no two works better than these.
A companion of his, who spent full ten (10) years with him, has said:
“Throughout my stay with him I never heard an indecent word from his lips and never found him rude to anyone. He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) spoke very politely. He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was kind to everyone.”
Holy Prophet Mohammed (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’aalaihi Wa’salam) used to give lot of importance to moral behavior by saying:
“The best of you are those who have the best morals.” And “I have been sent to complete the best morals.”