Humility and its Virtues

Abdullah ibn Amr said: “The Prophet (Pbuh) once visited me, so I gave him a pillow (to sit on) made out of skin and filled with date palm fibers. The Prophet refused to sit on it and he chose to sit on the bare ground, and he left the cushion between him and myself.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

By Abu Usama Ath-Thahabi

Humility is when a person does not see himself as being better or above other people because of frivolous reasons like social standing, education, citizenship, or even color.
Being humble and having humility is opposite of being arrogant and having arrogance (kibr). Humility leads one to the pleasure of Allah and it causes one to enter into the paradise, whereas arrogance leads to the displeasure of Allah. Allah has ordered the Prophet (peace be upon him) to adorn himself with this noble characteristic in many verses of the Qur’an. The Prophet was ordered, “And lower your wing (i.e., be humble and show kindness) to those who follow you from the believers.” (Qur’an, 26:215).
Allah said, “And don’t turn you cheek (in contempt) towards people and don’t walk through the earth exultantly. Indeed, Allah doesn’t like every self-deluded and boastful person.” (Qur’an, 31:18)
One of the clearest examples of his humility, is that the Messenger of Allah would sit in the mosque with his companions and if a stranger or visitor came to the mosque, he wouldn’t know who the Prophet was until he asked, “Which one of you is Muhammad?”
This is because he would not sit, dress, or be treated in a way that distinguished him from the people. Unlike the way, leaders and famous people are treated today when they are with the people. Whenever a stranger enters into their group, it becomes quite clear to the stranger that this person is noteworthy amongst the people as so much attention is being showered on him.
Abdullah ibn Amr said: “The Prophet once visited me, so I gave him a pillow (to sit on) made out of skin and filled with date palm fibers. The Prophet refused to sit on it and he chose to sit on the bare ground, and he left the cushion between him and myself.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) was asked, “What did the Prophet do when he was in the privacy of his home?” She replied, “He used to be in the service of his family.” He used to repair his sandals and sew/patch his own robe and he would milk the sheep. (Bukhari).

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