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AS A TEACHER
The Holy Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam was an educator not only for Muslims but the whole of mankind. He placed emphasis upon teaching the practical deeds and works. Thus, his every act spoke volumes. Meaning, the whole life of Muhammad sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam is a lesson for man. As our teacher, he did not say or preach anything which he did not practice himself.
He taught with great wisdom and good admonition, imparting good news to those people who accepted his call, and warned others of the consequences for those who did not listen. He used to be very clear in his talk so that his associates could easily memorize his words. His speech was well articulated, concise and free from absurdities or humiliation.
While teaching in a gathering, the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam refrained from mentioning anyone's name, avoiding disrespect to anyone, but used general terms, usually in the plural sense. The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam used his whole hand to point towards something; often people with pride point with their fingers.
The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam made sure, whilst preaching to the people, that it did not become a burden on the listeners. To this end he did not speak to the people on consecutive days but after intervals.
Hadhrat Anas (R. A.) reported that the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam said, "Create ease for people and not difficulty. Give them good tidings of Allah's mercy; don't make them disappointed or hateful." The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam took great care not to disgrace or humble his opponent.
Once the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam was sitting with his Companions (R. A.) when he drew a diagram, as a means of learning, on the ground with a stick. He then asked his Companions, "Do you know what it means?" They replied, "Only Allah and his Rasul knows best". The diagram was made up of a square, through the middle ran a line which protruded outside the square, and inside the square, attached to the lower edge were drawn vertical (small) lines.
The diagram was drawn to gain the attention of the Ummah towards Imaan, Yaqeen and preparation for the Hereafter. Explaining the meaning of the diagram the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam said, " The square is death, surrounding and encompassing `life'. (The space inside the square is life). No one can step outside the life or do anything after death. The long line protruding from the square represents our plans and thoughts, schemes and dreams and the things we accumulate (which exceed the time of death). And the lines on the side represent the good and adverse conditions which come upon you in this life, success and failure, happiness and regret."
This act of the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam highlights an original and intellectual method of teaching