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Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) The GENTLE  Ali Zohery

Gentleness is a fine gift of nature. It is that characteristic in one’s personality that brings out his true nature. It also creates confidence and security to your immediate partner in communicative dialogue. The Prophet paid more attention to this value in communication because he himself was the practical example of gentility. The Qur’an even refers to this quality of the Prophet in these words: “It is part of the Mercy of Allah that you deal gently with them. Were you severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you” (Qur’an, 3:159).

There are many sayings of the Prophet regarding gentleness. The following are just few. “Keep to gentleness and avoid harshness and coarseness. Gentleness is not found in anything without adorning it, and is not withdrawn from anything without diminishing it’’ (Abu Dawud, 4790). Meaning that for you to be gentle you need to sacrifice something equally valuable because “he who is deprived of gentleness is deprived of good” (Abu Dawud, 4791). The following lines not only confirm the necessity for gentle behavior for humans but the reprisals that can come in the next world if one fails to manifests gentility on earth: He who is given his share of gentleness is given his share of good in this world and the next, and whoever is deprived of his share of gentleness is deprived of his share of good in this world and the next. (Bukhari, 4791)

Prophet Muhammad made it very explicit that when someone carries on the principle of gentleness here, he too will have some reward in one form or another: “Shall I tell you who is kept away from Hell and from whom Hell is kept away? From everyone who is gentle and kindly, approachable and of an easy disposition” (Tirmidhi, 2412).  It is an undeniable fact of history that the Prophet was extremely gentle and tenderhearted. It was not only the question of him not using unwelcome languages; it was an issue of banishing it completely in his entire vocabulary. His softness in speech communication was something to write home about.

The aforementioned examples are proof of the fact that Prophet Muhammad typified an unquestionable characteristic of goodness. His speeches and personal mannerisms show one of the most important elements of his public communication: The need for Goodness in everyone’s character.


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