Compiled by Reading Islam team.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born into a society that had many of the major problems that we face today. And he mended ties between neighbor, people and even his own enemies. He taught us how to turn those issues of strife into peace and security for everyone. (The Power of Peace)
In the following hadiths, we will examine some examples of the Prophet’s kindness and treatment towards non-Muslims.
In Ta’if, when Prophet Muhammad went to invite people to Islam, the people rejected him, stoned him, ejected him, and made him to bleed. Angel Gabriel came to him and said:
“Allah has heard what your people say to you and how they reject you. He has ordered the angels of the mountains to obey whatever you tell them to do.”
The angel of the mountains called him, greeted him and said:
“Send me to do what you wish. If you wish, I will crush them between the two mountains of Makkah.”
The Prophet said:
Rather, I hope that Allah will bring forth from their loins those who will worship Allah alone and not associate anything with Him. (Al-Bukhari)
In the battle of Uhud, when his Makkan enemies attacked the Muslims, Prophet Muhammad suffered head injury and his front teeth got smashed. When the blood started to seep from his head, he swabbed it saying:
If a drop of my blood fell on the earth, those infidels will be destroyed by Allah.
Umar told him, O Messenger of Allah, Curse them!
The prophet replied:
I wasn’t sent (by Allah) to curse. I was sent as a mercy.
Then he said:
O Allah, Guide my people! (Authenticated by Al-Albani)
The Prophet once said:
A true believer is one with whom others feel secure. (Al-Bukhari)
A Bedouin once entered the mosque and started to urinate in it. Mosques at that time had no walls and carpeted floors and the ceilings were palm leaves held up by palm stems. The people ran to (prevent and restrain) him. The Prophet said:
Do not interrupt his urination (i.e. let him finish).
Then the Prophet asked for a pitcher of water to be poured over the place of urine. (Al-Bukhari)
Once, when the Prophet was sitting at a place in Madinah, along with his companions, a funeral procession passed by. On seeing this, the Prophet stood up. One of his companions remarked that the funeral was that of a Jew. The Prophet replied:
Was he not a human being? (Muslim)