Anas ibn Malik says,

I served the Prophet   for ten years, I lived with him for ten years and not once did he rebuke me. Not once did the word ‘Uh’ come from his mouth.

‘Uh’ as we know is the least word to express irritation, it’s not even a word of anger.

Anas continues,

he never said to me why did you do this or why didn’t you do that.

You know a person by his treatment of his inner circle. It is easy to be a nice guy at work or in the mosque but your true self is shown by your treatment of your family. And here Anas is saying that for ten years, he never even heard the ‘Uh’ expression, Subhanallah.

In another beautiful narration, Anas ibn Malik says,

once the Prophet   asked me to do a chore but one my way to I saw a group of children playing. I completely forgot about the chore and I started playing with them.

Anas was about 7 years old at that time. After a while, the Prophet   came out looking for Anas because whatever the chore was, it wasn’t completed. He found Anas playing with the street children.

Then Anas says,

somebody held onto my ears (pushing two hands against his head) and picked me up and I turned around to find the Prophet   smiling at me.

The Prophet   was playing with him, forget about getting angry or irritated with him. Subhanallah, such was the manner of our Prophet  . Where do we stand in comparison to this? How easy is it for us to get irritated? He Prophet   is our role model and we should try to emulate his character.

The content of this page was compiled from video lectures on the Seerah of the Prophet Muhamamd (PBUH) by Yasir Qadhi. The video can be found here.