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The Old Woman Who Regularly Threw Rubbish on Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad (S) was a very kind and loving person. He treated every one, young and old, with kindness and respect. Because Prophet Muhammad (S) was spreading the word of God, because he was changing, for better, the lives of many Arabs and because some Arabs felt that by the teachings of Muhammad their old idols were losing power they disliked Muhammad and planned to kill him. Every time they tried to kill him, they failed. This angered them even more. So they began to harass him in every way they knew.

One old woman made a habit of throwing rubbish on Prophet Muhammad (S) whenever he passed from her house! Muhammad (S) had to pass that house daily on the way to the mosque. Even when the old woman threw rubbish on him, he would pass silently without showing any anger or annoyance. This was a regular, daily event.

One day when the Prophet was passing by, the woman was not there to throw the rubbish. He stopped, and asked the neighbour about her well-being, and wondering why she wasn’t dropping any rubbish on him.

The neighbour informed the Prophet that the woman was sick on bed. The Prophet politely asked permission to visit the woman. When allowed he entered the house, the woman thought that he had come there to take his revenge when she was unable to defend herself because of sickness.

But the Prophet (S) assured her that he had come to her, not to take any revenge, but to see her and to look after her needs, as it was the command of Allah that if any one is sick, a Muslim should visit him and should help him if his help is needed.

The old woman was greatly moved by this kindness and love of the Prophet. By the example of greatness of Muhammad, she understood that he was truly the Prophet of God. She accepted Islam at once, Alhamdulilah.

Certainly you have in the Messenger of God an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in God and the latter day and remembers God much (The Quran 33:21).

And We have not sent you (O Muhammad) but as a mercy for all creatures (The Quran 21:107). 

It is not enough to read this kind of nice story of the prophet and get fascinated about him but good Muslims should be kind-hearted, forgiving, and tolerant like the prophet. The prophet came as a great teacher to show us how we should lead our life.

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