What do we know of tranquility in the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him?
The person who is halim is a person who in the face of tribulation, whether it is a person or whether it is a circumstance, they do not lose their cool.
They do not become perturbed, and this is the hallmark of the Prophet, peace be upon him, in terms of his behavior with people and with circumstances.
For instance, he is described as whenever people would speak ill to him, he would respond with:
“Repel, by [means of] what is best, [their] evil…” (Qur’an, 23:96)
The Qur’an says give a bad turn, repay it with a good turn.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, when he was migrating from Makkah to Madinah, according to the narration, Abu Bakr was very perturbed, he was troubled.
And he would look at the Prophet, peace be upon him, and even though Suraqah ibn Malik was right behind them, Abu Bakr was worried not about himself.
He was worried about the Messenger of Allah.
So he was in an act of ibadah, but the Prophet, peace be upon him, was in a state of tranquility.
We was reciting the Qur’an unperturbed.
When they were in the cave, and Abu Bakr was very nervous because right outside were the Quraysh, literally outside of the cave.
And the Prophet, peace be upon him, was in a complete unperturbed state.
In battles, they said they used to hide behind the Prophet, peace be upon him, some of the people when it got very difficult.
So the famous story of the Jew when they came to the Prophet, peace be upon him, and purposely upset him in order to elicit a response, and it was Umar who got very angry, and the Prophet was completely unperturbed, even though he was insulted by this man.
The man said he had seen all the characteristics of prophecy except for one, hilm, and he needed to test that, so he purposely evoked a negative response but he did not get it from the Prophet, peace be upon him.
So we know that he had hilm, or forbearance.
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