Prophet Muhammad SAWW was famous for his politeness. He was called Sadiq and Ameen for his truthfulness and honesty. A non-Muslim woman was the neighbor of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. She thought till late at midnight and finally decided how to take revenge on him. She could not sleep all night because she was too eager to take revenge for the idols she worshiped. Even before the first ray of sunlight had entered her window, she was busy sweeping her house. She saved all the garbage in a basket.
She placed it on the roof of her house and proudly looked at it for a while. Then with an impatient look on her face, she looked at the street that she lived on and thought, “No one has ever seen him angry. Everybody will praise me when they see him shouting at me and getting mad. They will laugh at him and make fun of him.” She looked at the basket again and grinned.
Meanwhile, she heard footsteps, announcing the approach of the end of her waiting. “Finally, my prey has arrived,” she thought as she saw a man dressed in clean, white clothes coming that way. She picked up the basket in her hands and threw all the garbage on him when he passed by. Much to the woman’s disappointment, he did not say anything and continued on his way.
She did the same the following day, thinking, “Maybe this time, I will be able to annoy him.” But he( Prophet Muhammad PBUH ) was too gentle to shout at a woman. She misinterpreted his (Prophet Muhammad PBUH) attitude as fear. And she decided to repeat the same mischief every day to keep him (Prophet Muhammad PBUH) frightened so that he might stop preaching the Oneness of God.
This gentleman whom the woman hated so much was Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The last prophet of Allah Almighty. He did not want to disappoint the woman. And so continued to walk down the street every day, instead of picking an alternate route.
One day, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not find the woman to be on the roof of her house with the basket. This worried him (Prophet Muhammad PBUH) because he (Prophet Muhammad PBUH) thought something must have happened to her for not being over there. So he knocked at the door. “Who is it?” asked a feeble voice. “Muhammad bin Abdullah,” was the reply, “can I come in?” The woman feared, “I am sick and too weak to fight or talk back. therefore Muhammad has come to take revenge for what I have been doing to him.” But the permission to enter her house was in such a gentle voice that she allowed him in.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Behavior
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) entered the house. And told the woman that not finding her on the roof had worried him. and He(Prophet Muhammad PBUH) thus wanted to inquire about her health. On finding out how ill she was, he (Prophet Muhammad PBUH) gently asked if she needed any help. Hypnotized by the affectionate tone in the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) blessed voice. She forgot all fear and asked for some water. He (Prophet Muhammad PBUH) kindly gave her some in a utensil and prayed for her health. While she quenched her thirst, she felt very guilty for being so cruel to him in the past, and she apologized for her mean behavior.
He(Prophet Muhammad PBUH) forgave her and came to her house every day to clean it. To feed her and to pray for her, till she was on her feet again. The kind attitude of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) inspired her into the recognition of the Truth. And his prayers were answered in the form of yet another addition to the growing number of Muslims.
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