“The highest of virtues is to maintain your relations with those who cut their ties with you, to give to those who do not give to you, and to forgive those who speak evil of you.”

(Ibn Hanbal, XXIV, 383)


Abu Mahdhura, one of the mu’adhdhins of the Prophet (saw), recounts how he acquired the title of “the mu’adhdhin of the Prophet”: “I went out with a group of people, and we were somewhere on the road to Hunayn when the Messenger of Allah (saw) was returning from Hunayn. We encountered the Messenger of Allah somewhere on the road. One of the Companions called the adhan for prayer in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (saw). We heard the voice of the mu’adhdhin and we were heedless about it (the adhan), so we started shouting, imitating, and mocking it. The Messenger of Allah (saw) heard us, so he sent some people to call us to his presence. He said, ‘Who is the one whose voice I heard so loudly?’ The people all pointed to me, and they were telling the truth. He dismissed the others but kept me there with him. Then he (saw) said, ‘Stand up and recite the adhan.’ I stood up, and up until that point, there was nothing more aversive to me than the Prophet's command and what he was asking of me. I stood up, and the Messenger of Allah (saw) himself taught me the adhan. Once I completed reciting the adhan, he beckoned me and handed me a small pouch containing some silver coins. Next, he placed his hand on my forehead, moving it over my face, then across my chest and heart, until his hand reached my navel. Following this, he prayed for me, saying, 'May Allah bless you and shower His blessings upon you.' and he commanded me to recite the adhan in Mecca. Consequently, all the hatred I had felt towards the Messenger of Allah disappeared, and was replaced with love for the Messenger of Allah.” (Nasa‘i, Adhan, 5-6; Ibn Majah, Adhan, 2)

The Prophet Muhammad’s attitude towards Abu Mahdhura, who mocked the adhan, is a living example of how Muslims, who are obliged to follow his way (Sunnah), should behave in the face of wrong attitudes. It was this exemplary behavior of the Messenger of Allah that illuminated the darkness of jahiliyyah with the light of Islam and made the period he lived in the “Asr al-Sa‘adah”.