Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 47, Hadith Number 7 (332).
It is written in the books of history that in the Battle of Uhud when ‘Utbah threw a stone at Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam and his mubaarak teeth became shaheed, and his blessed face became full of blood. A few among those present said. ‘Make du’aa for the curse of that wicked person’. Instead Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam made this du’aa: ‘O Allah, grant my people hidayah, for they do not know’. Once a badawi came and pulled the sheet of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam so hard that it made a mark an his mubaarak neck, the badawi then said: ‘Load grain on these camels of mine. You do not give from your or your father’s wealth (He meant as if the wealth in the baytul maal (treasury) belongs to us and not to you). Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam said. ‘Till you do not compensate for pulling the sheet, I shall not make grain available to you’. He said: ‘I swear by Allah, that I will not compensate you’. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam was smiling and had grain loaded onto his camels. We are among those who used his mubaarak name and claim to follow him. If anything is said or done against our dignity, or if one uses a harsh word then we feel it against our dignity. The meaning of the last sentence in this hadith is that when Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam was given a choice by Allah between two things, especially that which was in the interests of the ummah, he always chose the easy and simple thing for the ummah. In the same manner in worldly matters where a choice between two things were given, he chose the simple one as long as it did not have a shar’ee shortcoming in it. In many ahaadith under different subjects, that to put oneself into unnecessary difficulties was not liked by Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam.