The Holy Prophet’s Sense of Humor

January 22, 2008 § 26 Comments

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It is well known that the Prophet Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was indeed the perfect man. He was a devoted seeker of Truth, a warner and exhorter, a person of good cheer and pleasantness, a brilliant leader, a courageous and yet reluctant warrior, a statesman par excellence and the teacher of teachers. He was a compassionate ruler and spiritual leader, but many do not know that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) had an extraordinary sense of humor!

Indeed, the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) would laugh and joke often. He enjoyed playing with children, especially his grandsons Hasan and Husayn (RA). The Prophet allowed his grandson to climb atop his back while he was in prostration as reported by al-Hafid Abu-Na’im (RA) on the Authority of Abu Bakr (RA) saying,

“The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) was leading us in prayer. Hasan, who was still a child, would come to him while he was in prostration, and sit on his back or sometimes on his neck. The Prophet (s.a.w.) would lift him tenderly. When the prayer was finished, they (the Muslims) asked him: ‘O Messenger of Allah! You are doing to this boy what you do not do to another person?’ ‘He is my basil,’ he replied.””

The Prophet’s playfulness was also coupled with a beautiful sense of humor. He smiled often and would make jokes with members of his community. For example,

“Once, an old woman came up to him and asked for paradise. He said, “Old women do not enter the paradise.” The woman started crying. As she started leaving the room, the Prophet, showing his subtle sense of humor, stopped her and said, “Old women will become young before entering the heaven.” (Tirmadhi)

Another recording of the Prophet’s life describes him laughing and joking with another man. The hadith says,

“A man broke his fast (intentionally) during Ramadan. The Messenger of Allah (saws) commanded him to emancipate a slave or fast for two months, or feed sixty poor men. He said, “I cannot provide.”

The Apostle said, “Sit down.” Thereafter, a huge basket of dates was brought to the Messenger of Allah. He said, “Take this and give it as charity.” He said, “O Messenger of Allah, there is no one poorer than I.” The Messenger of Allah thereupon laughed so that his canine teeth became visible and said, “Eat it yourself.”

The Prophet brought an uplifting spirit that penetrated the hearts of people. There is a story mentioned about the Prophet and a common merchant that tells us just a little about the spirit he carried,

“One of his companions was Zahir, who used to trade in metal objects. Once the Prophet was passing by the bazaar, he saw Zahir and playfully grabbed him from behind and said, “Will anyone buy this slave?” Zahir laughed and said, “O Messenger of Allah, whoever buys this slave will be in loss.” The Prophet smiled and said, “In Allah’s eyes, your value is high.”

On another occasion a man approached the Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) and asked him for a camel ride. The Prophet said, “I would give you a camel’s child”. The man said, “O Messenger of Allah. What will I do with a camel’s child?” The Prophet smiled and said, “Is there any camel who is not the progeny of a camel?”

In summary, the Holy Prophet, the perfect man (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) was an image of admiration. He was clear and resolute in matters of importance and obtained the highest character as the Qur’an tells us,

“Verily you are of a high and nobel character.” (68:004)

But he also was a dear friend and beloved companion. His sense of humor brought warmth and love to those who were around him. He never passed someone without a smile and his high achievement of good manners have become the example and traditions of Muslims the world over. This is the Prophet Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) and his tradition of good humor. May we all work intensely toward achieving good manners and a healthy sense of humor, amin.

 

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§ 26 Responses to The Holy Prophet’s Sense of Humor

  • Baraka says:

    Salaam ‘alaykum,

    I love these stories that bring out the beautiful humanity of the Prophet, peace and blessings upon him.

    Thanks for posting them!

    Jazak Allah khair,
    Baraka

  • Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    I second Baraka. Also, some of these stories I had never heard/seen before, so they are very special. May we all learn to balance our seriousness with an appropriate laugh and smile to share with others, ameen.

  • Saifuddin says:

    BismillaharRahmanirRahim

    wa ‘alaikum as-salaam. Baraka! Alhamdulillah, its been such a long time, thank you for commenting.

    “May we all learn to balance our seriousness with an appropriate laugh and smile to share with others, ameen.”

    Amin.

  • Souhayla says:

    my personal favourite – “Old women do not enter the paradise.” sweet

  • brnaeem says:

    AA- Saifuddin,

    Thank you for this very nice post. I have always loved the story about the Prophet (saw) and the man who broke his fast. It so powerfully reflects the humanity and mercy of this most amazing man.

  • Saifuddin says:

    BismillaharRahmanirRahim

    wa ‘alaikum as-salaam. Alhamdulillah brnaeem. I think its important to remember our Prophet (may Peace and Blessing be upon him) in this and better ways, inshaAllah. You know as well as I do the benefits of supplicating Allah to praise and send peace and blessings upon His most Beloved. It uplifts the heart and wakes us up irrespective of our religion.

    This is something that should be shared for the benefit of everyone. I have seen with my own eyes, tears welling up, in the eyes of Christians and agnostics at the sight and sound of dhikrAllah and salawat (Holy Chanting in Remembrance of our Lord and His Messenger).

    -Saifuddin

  • Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Saifuddin,

    Ma sha Allah. Jazak Allah for this.

    Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Muhammad

    Abdur Rahman

  • Sufyan Yunus says:

    Bismillah,

    Assalamu alaikum Sidi Saifuddin,

    JazakAllah khayran for this post, it truly shows you the humanity of Nabi ‘Adham (salla Allah ‘alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam), as Sr. Baraka said.

    I had a good laugh when I read this in “The Ideal Muslim” with regards to the sense of humor of Rasulullah (salla Allah ‘alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam) and his Sahaba (radi Allahu ‘anhum) from Imam Ahmad through Umm Salama (radi Allahu ‘anha):

    “Abu Bakr [radi Allahu 'anhu] went to do business in Busra, and with him were Nu’ayman and Suwaybit ibn Harmalah [radi Allahu 'anhum], both of whom were present at Badr. Suwaybit was in charge of the food on the journey, and Nu’ayman said to him, “Feed me!” Suwaybit said, “Not until Abu Bakr comes.” Nu’ayman was a fun-loving man with a sense of humour, so he went to some people who had brought livestock with them, and said, “Will you buy a sturdy Arab slave from me?” They said, “Yes.” He said, “He has a big mouth, and he may tell you that he is a free man. If that means that you do not want to take him, then forget the matter, and do not cause trouble for me with him.” They said, “No problem, we will buy him.” So they bought him for ten young she-camels. Nu’ayman brought the animals back, and told the people: “There he is!” Suwaybit said: “I am a free man!” They said, “He has already told us about you,” and put a rope around his neck and led him away. Then Abu Bakr came, and was told what happened. He and his companions went and returned the animals and took Suwaybit back. They told the Prophet [salla Allahu 'alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam] what had happened, and he and his Sahabah would laugh about the story for a year afterwards.”‘

    :D

    Ma’salama!

    Sufyan Yunus

  • Saha says:

    wonderful!

    So many followers today would still be saying that old women do not enter paradise, if it wasn’t spelled out for them that it was a joke!

  • Munira says:

    Assalamualaikum, brother. What a lovely post! I like it very much :D

  • Saifuddin says:

    BismillaharRahmanirRahim

    wa ‘alaikum as-salaam. alhamdulillah! Welcome to you all and thank you for stopping by for a comment.

    Allah hafiz

    -Saifuddin

  • AHMAD SOBIR says:

    BismillaharRahmanirRahim
    Assalamu alaikum Sidi Saifuddin,

    sorry sir,
    i’m a musslim,but i have no knowledge about islam to much.
    can you help me,please send me anything about islam to mw email.or anybody who read my letter. please help me.
    thank’s
    Assalamualaikum

  • DR QAMAR says:

    assalamoalikum
    this is the best way to exprees ur feelings. im so much impressed by this way.by readind these stories,we can imagine how much perfect personality of HOLY PROPHET is

  • shazad chohan says:

    Thanks brothers and sisters for very interesting knowledge of our dearest Prophet PBUH.

  • iman Akrami says:

    thanks Bro! what a great post.
    Allah be with you.

  • Saifuddin says:

    BismillaharRahmanirRahim

    You are welcome. But its not coming from me, its only with the guidance and sohbet of our Shaykh that I even consider the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) this way.

    -Saifuddin

  • Dear All,

    How are you all, i hope u fine

    Can you send me a copy of the salam of our Prophet SAW Muhammad. YA NABI

    SALAMOALAIKA, YA RASOOL SALAMOALAIKA….YA HABIB SALAM…..

    Can you please send me full copy of the salam. Pls send me it in English if possible.

    Pls i am wating for it ok i need in very urgent basis ok R u sending Na ??????????????

    Your Friend
    Mohammed Osman

  • Saifuddin says:

    BismillaharRahmanirRahim

    Selam alaykum. Forgive me but I am not understanding what you want. Please contact me at saifuddin.alfulani at gmail.com

  • mohamed zakkariya says:

    Masha Allah
    u have provided us with great article about prophet sense of hum our now-a-days people create hum our by teasing other person but the prophet was exemplary indeed.

    may allah reward for u r article

  • Mohamed Zaheer says:

    subhanAllah

  • ZIA- ULLAH KHOKHAR , IBB, P.U. LAHORE PAKISTAN says:

    HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (SAL-AL-ALLAH—-) IS THE LAST PROPHET OF ALLAH. WE , ALL MUSLIM , BELIEVE THAT HE IS TRUE & PERFECT IN ALL THE FIELDS OF LIFE AS A FATHER , AS A LEADER, AS A BUISINESSMAN , AS A TEACHER AND AS A CONCRER OF THE WORLD. HIS RESPECT IS THE FAITH OF A TRUE MUSLIMS. ALL THE MUSLIMS FOLLOW HIS THEACINGS & WILL BE SUCCESS FUL AFTER DEATH. HIS ANIMIES WILL BE DESTROYED , INSHALLAH.

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    very nice i love it

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