The Smiles and Tears of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Quran Contributor
Happiness and sadness

Happiness and sorrow are both parts of human life. As a human being, the Prophet (SAW) was endowed with these human qualities.

Laughter and tears are Allah’s creation

Allah says, ‘And We sent not before you except men to whom we revealed [Our message]. So ask the people of the message if you do not know.’ (Surat An-Nahl [verse 43-44])

The heavens and the earth weep

‘And the heavens and the earth wept not for them, nor were they reprieved.’ (Surat Ad-Dukhan [verse 29])

Sa’id bin Jubayr said: The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘When the believer dies, that gate is closed; it misses him and weeps for him, and the place of prayer on earth where he used to pray and remember Allah also weeps for him.’

The smile of the Prophet (SAW)

The Prophet (SAW) never laughed, only smiled. Jaabir ibn Samurah says: ‘The calf of the leg of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) was slightly thin. His laugh was only that of a smile. Whenever I visited the Messenger of Allah (SAW), I thought he used Kuhl on his eyes. Whereas he had not at that time used Kuhl.’ (Shama-il Tirmidhi 216)

Abdullah ibn Haarith reports: ‘I did not see anyone who smiled more than Messenger of Allah.’ (Shama-il Tirmidhi 217)

Jarir ibn Abdullah says: ‘After I accepted Islam, Messenger of Allah (SAW) never prohibited me from attending his assemblies. Whenever he saw me he laughed. In the second narration, it is stated that he smiled.’ (Shama-il Tirmidhi 220)

The cry of the Prophet (SAW)

The Prophet (SAW) cried at different times. He cried in a low voice. He cried while he was praying in the court of Allah.

Abdullah bin Shikh-kheer says: ‘I attended the noble assembly of the Messenger of Allah (SAW). He was performing salaah. Because of his crying, such sound emitted from his chest, like that of a boiling pot.’ (Shama-il Tirmidhi 305)

‘Abdullah bin’ Umar reports: ‘In the time of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) there once occurred a solar eclipse. Messenger of Allah (SAW) went into the masjid, commenced salaah, and stood in qiyaam for so long that it was felt that he did not intend to perform the ruku ‘ Then in the same manner after standing up from the ruku ‘he stood up for such a long time as if he did not want to perform sajdah, here too he kept his mubaarak head on the ground for such a long time as if he was not going to lift his mubaarak head … due to the intense fear, he began taking heavy breaths and crying and began pleading to the Almighty Allah. (Shama-il Tirmidhi 307)

Crying over verses:

Abdullah bin Mas’ud says: ‘Messenger of Allah (SAW) once asked me to recite the Quran to him… I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, should I recite it to you when it has been revealed to you? ‘… The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:’ I love to hear it from another person’ There upon I began reciting Surah Nisaa… When I reached this ayah: ‘But how (will it be with them) when we bring every person a witness, and we bring thee (O Muhammed) a witness against these? ” – Surah Nisaa, 41 I saw tears flowing from both eyes of the Messenger of Allah.’ (Shama-il Tirmidhi 306)

Crying for loved ones:

Aisha reports: ‘Messenger of Allah (SAW) kissed the forehead of ‘Uthmaan bin Maz’oon after his death. At that time tears were flowing from his eyes.’ (Shama-il Tirmidhi 309)

Anas reports: ‘Messenger of Allah (SAW) was sitting at the grave of his daughter (Sayyiditina Ummi Kulthum (may Allah be pleased with her)) and tears were flowing from his eyes. (Shama-il Tirmidhi 310)

It is forbidden to cry loudly

Ibn ‘Abbaas reports that one of the daughters of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) was on her deathbed. Messenger of Allah (SAW) picked her up and put her before him. She passed away in his presence. Ummi Ayman (who was a slave girl of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) began wailing aloud. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘Are you crying before the Messenger of Allah?’ (Because tears were also flowing from the eyes of the Messenger of Allah (SAW). She said: ‘Do I not see you cry?’ Messenger of Allah (SAW) replied: ‘This crying is not prohibited. It is a mercy of Allah’. (Shama-il Tirmidhi 308)

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