The period of the childhood of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمended and he صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمbecame young. Like his childhood, his youth was also unique. In his youth, he صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمwas an embodiment of modesty, chastity and dignity. Even before the declaration of Nubuwwah, his life was treasure of good manners and habits. He صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمhad qualities such as truthfulness, honesty, loyalty, fulfilment of promise, respect for elders, sympathy with younger ones, affection for relatives, mercy, generosity, service to the nation, sympathy with friends, comforting relatives, caring for the poor and the destitute, behaving nicely even towards enemies and well-wishing of creatures. He صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمhad such unique attributes that even very great human beings could not even think of them, let alone having them.
Less talking, hating useless talking, meeting friends and enemies with a smiling face and talking about any matter sincerely and truthfully were some of the particular attributes of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم.
He صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمwas completely free from bad attributes such as greed, fraud, deception, lying, drinking alcohol, fornication, dancing, singing, plundering, looting, stealing, indecent talking and having love affairs. It was as if all of these bad habits were in the nature of every child in the pre-Islamic era of ignorance but he صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمwas free from them. He صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمwas famous for his honesty, truthfulness and trustworthiness in entire Arabia. Everyone, whether old or young, was highly impressed with his good character and all held him in high regard.
He صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمwas now about forty years of age. Despite living in the era of ignorance, he صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمwas absolutely free from all polytheistic1 traditions and practices of the pre-Islamic era of ignorance. Makkah was the biggest center of polytheism and idol-worship. Even in the Holy Ka’bah, 360 idols used to be worshipped. The relatives of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمwere the custodians of the Holy Ka’bah but he صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمnever bowed to idols.
In short, even before receiving the Divine revelation and before making the declaration of Nubuwwah, he صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمspent a perfect life with good manners and excellent deeds and was completely free from all faults and defects. After he صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمmade the declaration of Nubuwwah, his enemies tried very hard to find even a minor fault in his character or something even slightly improper in any phase of his life in order to damage his prestige and to stain his honour but they could not do so. Annals of history reveal that thousands of enemies spared no effort to find anything indecent in order to point a finger at him but they could not find any such thing. Hence every human being must accept the fact that the character of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمis so unique and amazing that it is impossible for anyone other than a Nabi to have it. This is the reason why fortunate people believed in him and devoted their bodies, hearts and wealth to him. They made so great self-sacrifices that other devotees of Rasool were also inspired to make self-sacrifices. Those who accept the reality prefer to follow his truthfulness rather than their intellect. They follow Islam like true devotees and their life reflect the fact described in the following couplet:
Chalo waadi-e-‘ishq mayn pa berhana! Yeh jungle woh hay jis mayn kaanta nahin hay
Translation: Walk barefooted in the valley of love. It is the jungle with no thorn in it.