The lifestyle of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is the best, most well-documented of any person. We reproduce a few glimpses into his life with the hope that readers will be enthranced and emulate them to the best of their abilities.

POETRY AND THE PROPHET sallallahu alaihi wa sallam
The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was not a poet. However, on some occassions he would recite couplets of other poets, and sometimes he would coincidentally utter a rhyming verse.

He once recited: You are but a finger that has become bloodied, and you have sustained this for the sake of Allah. This was when his finger was wounded in a battle. This was a couplet composed by Abdullah Ibn Rawaaha radhiallahu anhu, one of the greatest poets among the Sahaaba.
In the Battle of Hunayn he recited: I am the Messenger of Allah, and there is no lie about that, I am the son of Abdul Muttalib.
Once he recited a couplet of Tarafah Ibn Abd, a great poet before Islam. This was from one of the 7 poems hung on the Ka’bah before Islam for their excellence.
He enjoyed the poetry of Hassaan Ibn Thaabit, Ibn Rawaaha and Ka’b Ibn Maalik radhiallahu anhum.
Hassaan radhiallahu anhu was appointed by the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam to respond to the derogatory poetry of Islam’s enemies, and he recited poems from the pulpit of Musjid Nabawi in the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam’s presence.

In the next issue, we will highlight some more noble features of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). [Ash-Shamaail al-Kubra Volume Five]

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