Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 45, Hadith Number 1 (311).

‘Aayeshah Radiyallahu ‘Anha reports that the bed on which Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam slept was made of leather, in which was filled coir of the palm tree.

The bed Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam used, was at times the one made of leather as stated in the above hadith, or at times was one that was made of canvas, as will be mentioned in the following hadith. At times it was only a mat made of palm leaves. This subject has been narrated in many ahaadith that when the Sahaabah Radiyallahu ‘Anhum asked the permission to make a soft bed, Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam used to reply: ‘What do I have in common with worldly comforts. My example is that of a traveller who after walking, stops under the shadow of a tree for a while to rest, and after sitting a while continues on his way’. Sayyiditina ‘Aayeshah Radiyallahu ‘Anha says: ‘Once a woman from the Ansaar came and saw that an ‘abaa (cloak) was spread on the bed of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam. She returned home and made a bed in which she filled wool, and sent it to me for Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam. When Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam returned and saw the bed, he inquired, ‘What is this?’ I replied: ‘A certain woman from the Ansaar came and after seeing the bed of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam she made and sent this bed’. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam said; ‘Return it’. It looked good to me, and I did not feel like sending it back. Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam insisted that I send it back, and said: ‘I swear an oath if I wish Allah Ta’aala will line up mountains of gold and silver for me’. On this saying of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam I returned the bed. Sayyidina ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud Radiyallahu ‘Anhu says: ‘I once came to Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam. He was resting on a mat made of palm leaves, the marks of which could be seen on the mubaarak body of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam. After seeing this state I began to cry. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam asked: ‘What is the matter, why are you crying?’ I replied: ‘O Messenger of Allah, these Qaysars and Kisras sleep on beds of silk and velvet, and you on this palm mat’. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam said.’ ‘It is not a thing to cry about. For them is the world and for us the hereafter’. A similar incident once took place with Sayyidina ‘Umar Radiyallahu ‘Anhu when he came to Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam and this same type of question and answer took place. The detailed incident is mentioned in the Sahih Bukhaari.

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