THE YOUTH OF THE HOLY PROPHET (S)

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THE YOUTH OF THE HOLY PROPHET (S)

Post by ILMAdmin on Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:14 pm

CLASS 5 - LESSON 11
THE YOUTH OF THE HOLY PROPHET (S)
As the Holy Prophet (S) grew up, the people around him noticed that this
young man was not like others of his age. The people admired his
character and bravery and all the Quraish liked him.
In his youth, the Holy Prophet (S) accompanied his uncle Abu Talib on
trade journeys to Syria and Yemen. He soon gained a reputation in Makka
for his good business sense, his honesty and trustworthiness.
People were so impressed by the qualities of the Holy Prophet (S), that
they began to call him as-Sadiq (the Truthful) and al-Ameen (the
Trustworthy).
When the Holy Prophet (S) would pass them, people would say:
"There goes the young man who behaves equally well with the high
and the low. He is considerate to his equals, respects the elders and
always shows love and affection to the children. He never speaks a
lie or misuses anything entrusted to his care. He does not look at
women with an evil intent and is never rude to anybody. He does not
backbite or spend his time in finding faults in people."
Such was the character of our Holy Prophet (S), and in later years even
his enemies would still leave their belongings with him for safekeeping
when they went on a trip away from Makka.
Once a man came to Makka and was cheated by a trader in the market
place. He complained to the Quraish that he had been mistreated. At that
time, some leading citizens formed a committee that would look into such
incidents and try to help the people who were unfairly treated.
They decided that the main tribes of Quraish should make an agreement
that would protect the rights of the people. This important covenant was
called “Hilful Fudhool” or “Covenant of High Morals”. The Holy Prophet (S)
participated in this agreement and was an active member of the Hilful
Fudhool.
The Holy Prophet (S) also spent part of his youth as a shepherd.
Thus, by the time he was 25 years of age, the Holy Prophet (S) had built
himself a good reputation in Makka and had gained the trust and affection
of the people around him.
Tareekh Page 5.34 www.madressa.net
Exercise
The Holy Prophet (S) built a good reputation in Makka. Write down the
ways in which he managed to do this.
Now you know…
♦ As the Holy Prophet (S) grew up, he stood out as an exceptional
young man unlike others of his age. The Quraish admired him for his
bravery and character.
♦ He spent part of his youth as a shepherd and he also accompanied
his uncle Abu Talib on trade journey to Syria and Yemen.
♦ During the trade journeys he built a good reputation because of his
honesty and trustworthiness. People used to call him as-Sadiq (the
truthful) and al-Ameen (the trustworthy).
♦ Even his enemies trusted him; many would leave their belongings
with him for safekeeping when they went on a trip away from Makka.
♦ The Holy Prophet (S) was an active member of ‘Hilful Fudhool’ –
Covenant of High Morals. This was an agreement that protected the
rights of the people.
♦ By the age of 25, the Holy Prophet (S) had gained the trust and
affection of the people around him.
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