The Messenger With Good Sense Of humor
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was with good humor, warmhearted and friendly and occasionally, he joked with the people around him. Due to his fitrah (nature) he always acted in moderation. His gentleness is also referred to in the Holy Quran:
“It was by a mercy from God that, you (O Messenger) were lenient with them. Had you been harsh and hard-hearted, they would surely have scattered away from about you.”(Al-i Imran, 3/159).
However when he did make jokes and pleasantries, he always behaved with moderate humor like he did in every aspect of his life. For example, as related by Abu Hurairah, when some of his companions said to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh):
“O Prophet Muhammad, yet, you also joke with us!” He replied: “Yes, I do. But I only tell the truth.”
Relationship with Grand Children:
The people HE (PBUH) joked with the most were obviously the grandchildren of the Prophet (PBUH), Hasan and Hussein. He would hold their hands, place them on his feet and then lift them to his (PBUH) bosom, hug and kiss them. Sometimes he(PBUH) would even carry them on his shoulders.
One day while Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was going to a meeting, he (PBUH) ran into Hussein who was playing on the street. He (PBUH) stopped in front of him, opened his arms and called him. But Hussein did not want to come to him and he ran away playfully. Then the Prophet (PBUH) ran after Hussein laughing and caught him. Then he (PBUH) kissed and petted him and gave him his blessings.
In another rivayah (narration) by Jabir, the Prophet (PBUH) was pretending to be a camel and his grandsons were riding on his back. He was walking on his hands and feet and made a compliment to them:
“How wonderful is your camel and how wonderful riders you are!”
Enes b. Malik was a sahabi (companion) who had served the Prophet from the age of ten. The Prophet sometimes joked with him by saying:
“Ya Za’l-uzunayn (O you with two ears).”
Then he would pull Malik’s locks lightly and pet him.