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THE PROPHET'S POSSESSIONS AND CLOTHING

HIS BED
Our beloved Prophet slept upon a firm leather mattress stuffed with the fiber of palm trees. The mattress was so firm that the palm fiber marks left welt marks upon his blessed body when he arose.
 
One night Lady Ayesha, may Allah be pleased with her, decided to fold the mattress in four so as to make it a little more comfortable. The next morning the Prophet asked what she had spread out for him that night, so Lady Ayesha' may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her may Allah be pleased with her, told him what she had done. The Prophet asked her kindly to return it to how it had been because its softness deprived him from his voluntary prayers -- this was because the softer mattress had caused him to sleep more soundly than when he slept on a hard mattress.
 
HIS TOOTHBRUSH
The Prophet cleaned his teeth with the splayed end of a miswaak twig.
 
HIS NATURAL FRAGRANCE AND USE OF PERFUME
The Messenger of Allah was blessed with a natural fragrance quite unlike any other in the world. It has been described as being more pleasant than either amber or musk. Such was its sweetness that when he perspired, his wives collected his perspiration and used it to perfume themselves.
 
He recommended the use of perfume to his companions saying, "The perfume of a man is a fragrance that spreads and has less color. The perfume of women has more color and is less fragrant." The scholars explain this to mean that men should wear a heavy fragrance whereas women should use a light fragrance but should avoid wearing it when going out.
 
HIS CLOTHING
The Prophet preferred to wear a long cotton gown. Sometimes the sleeves would be long, reaching as far as his wrist, but they never covered his fingers. At other times the sleeves would be shorter, as for the length of the gown he would either wear one that reached to just above his ankles or one that reached halfway down his calf. He did not possess two thowbs at the same time.
 
We are also told that the waist wrap he liked most was one made from printed Yemeni cloth that is reported to be green. His waist wraps would never exceed the length of his ankles. It is also forbidden for a man to wear clothes longer than this.
 
At another time he wore a red garment, however it was a color for him alone to wear because he forbade other men to wear red garments. As for garments dyed a saffron color, he forbade their wearing, however, if a saffron color garment becomes so very faded that no trace of the color remains, it can be worn, as the Prophet once wore such a sheet.
 
Lady Ayesha, may Allah be pleased with her, reported that one day the Prophet left the house in morning wearing a sheet made of black hair.
 
The Prophet said "Choose white clothing, as it is the best clothing. White clothing should be worn whilst living, and the dead should be buried in white."
 
During an illness as he was assisted by Anas to leave his apartment he wore a patterned Yemeni shawl.
 
When he received a new garment he would supplicate saying, "O Allah, all praise and thanks to You for clothing me with this. I ask You for the good of it and the good of what it was made for, and I ask Your protection from the evil of it and the evil of what it was made for."
 
Lady Ayesha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: " ... he possessed only one of each, a thowb, body wrap, shoes or any other clothing, he never had two of anything (at one time)." 
 
HIS LEATHER SOCKS
Our beloved Prophet wore different types of leather socks.
 
One day when he and some of his companions were in a wooded area he took off his leather socks and placed them to one side. After a while he put his right sock on and was about to put on the left one when a crow swooped down, flew away with it and then dropped it. Unobserved by everyone, a snake had found its way into the sock and when the crow dropped the sock the snake fell out. The Messenger of Allah praised Allah and from that time onward warned that socks should be checked before putting them on.
 
There were occasions when, after the Prophet had made wudu he put on a pair of leather socks. When the next time for prayer arrived and it was necessary for him to renew his ablution, he did not remove his socks but wiped his damped hands over the top of them.
 
HIS SHOES
The Prophet wore sandals with leather soles and two straps. At that time, it was common for sandals to be made without removing the hair of the animal. We are told by Anas, one of his companions, that he had seen his shoes but there was no hair on them.
 
He warned not to wear just one shoe by itself and told his companions to either wear a pair of shoes or none at all.
 
HIS TURBAN
The Prophet had two sizes of turbans. One was smaller than the other. The length of material in the smaller of the two was six cubits, whereas the material in the larger one was twelve. (A cubit is the approximate length of the forearm).
 
At the opening of Mecca, the Prophet was seen wearing a black turban as he entered the City. More often than not, he would wear his turban with the end piece hanging down at the back, however, he would sometimes wear it with the end piece hang over his right shoulder. He also wore a yellow turban.
 
HIS RING
The Prophet had a silver ring with a gem stone from Abyssinia which he used as a seal.
 
There was a time when he did not have a ring. However, when Islam started to spread and he began to send letters of invitation to Islam to the Emperor of Rome, the King of Persia, and so on, he was informed that none of these heads of state would accept a letter unless it bore a seal. The ring was made in either the 6th or 7th year after his migration to Medina.
 
His ring was inscribed on three lines, the first inscription read "Muhammad", the second "Messenger" and the third "Allah". The scholars are of the opinion that he was given several rings, however, he did not wear a ring every day and would remove his ring when praying. When he wore the ring that had the Name of Allah inscribed upon it he would remove it from his finger before going to the toilet. When he wore an ordinary ring he would sometimes wear it on either his right or left hand.
 
Before it was forbidden for a man to wear gold, the Prophet had a ring made of gold, as did some of his companions. When the injunction came, he said, "I will never wear it again."
 
When the Prophet passed away, the ring bearing the seal was passed on to Abu Bakr, then subsequently to Omar and then Othman. During the caliphate of Othman, Muaykeeb was entrusted with its safekeeping. One day as Othman and Muaykeeb were sitting by the well of Arees, near the Mosque at Kuba, Muaykeeb handed the ring to Othman however the ring fell from their hands into the well. Othman immediately ordered the well to be searched but to no avail. Water was hauled up for two days but there was no sign of the ring, it had been lost for ever.
 
HIS SWORD
It was the custom of the Prophet to name things. He named his sword "Dulfikkar" and its hilt was made from silver. The sword was like those of the tribe of Hanifa who were famous for the sword making skills.
 
HIS ARMOR
The Prophet possessed seven suits of armor all of which were given a name: Dhaatul Fadl, Dhaatul Hawaashi, Dhaatul Wishaah, Fiddah, Saghhdiyyah, Tabraa and Kharnag. At the time of the Prophet's death, Dhaatul Fadl was in pawn to a Jew.
 
At the encounter of Uhud, which was a very fierce, he wore two suits of armor, one on top of the other, they were those he named Dhaatul Fudl and Fiddah. He also wore a helmet.
 
 
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