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HIS FORBEARANCE & TOLERANCE
During the Battle of Uhud, the disbelievers made a ferocious attack on the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam and his tooth was broken and his cheek and forehead were injured. This distressed his Companions. They said, "Why do you not curse them, O Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam? He replied, "I have not been sent as a curser but as a guide and a mercy." He then submitted, "O Allah, forgive my people for they do not know."
He did not invoke curses upon them but rather he sought Allah's forgiveness on their behalf. His compassion is further exposed by the fact that he referred to them as "My people" and he offered an excuse in the Grand Court of Allah that they were ignorant.
Anas radhiyallaahu 'anhu relates, "Once we were with Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. He wore a sheet with a course edge. A bedouin pulled the sheet so viciously that it wrinkled the surface of his shoulder and said, "O Muhammad, load for me goods on these two camels from the goods of Allah and not from your or your father's possession." The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam remained silent. After a while he said, "You will be requited, O bedouin, for what you have done to me." The bedouin replied, "No, you do not retaliate evil with evil." At this our Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam smiled and directed that one camel be loaded with barley and the other with dates."
'Aa'isha radhiyallahu 'anhaa relates, "I have not witnessed Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam retaliating any injustice caused to him so long as it did not concern the sacred laws of Allah Ta'ala. He did not strike anything with his blessed hand except while waging Jihad in the path of Allah nor did he lift his hand on any slave or woman."
'Aa'isha[radhiyallaahu 'anhaa said, "Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam did not take revenge against anyone in matters regarding himself. However when the sacred laws of Allah were being violated, he would retaliate only for the pleasure of Allah and in consideration of His laws."
Rasulullaah sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam said:
"I have been subjected to harm (and suffering) in the cause of Allah, as no one else had been."
The brutal tortures and relentless persecutions reached such levels that the pathway of Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam was secretly laden with thorns, refuse and the intestines of animals was flung at him. He and his group of devout companions were denied a home, denied food, water and medicine for three years. The cry of infants and children echoed through the valleys of Arabia.