Qādī ʿIyad radīyAllahu ʿanh states in al-Shifāʿ (2:44): It is part of the respect of the beloved Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam that one must respect all things around him. This includes those things that are linked or attached (directly or indirectly) to the beloved Prophet, the places he visited, the places he resided in, all those things that our Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam touched, everything that was mentioned in praise by him, all of these must be regarded as sacred and respected.” Al’hamdu lillah!
It was this love an obligation that all the blessed Companions, both the Salaf and Khalaf and the entire Ummah of the beloved Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam respect everything single thing associated to our Master sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam.
Ibn al-Sirrīn radīyAllahu ʿanh states: I informed ʿUbayda radīyAllahu ʿanh that I had some of the blessed hairs of the noble Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam which were gifted to me by ʿAnas radīyAllahu ʿanh. Having heard this ʿUbayda radīyAllahu ʿanh said, “If I were to receive a single hair of the beloved Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam this is more beloved to me than everything in the world.”
Umm al-Muʿminīn Sayyidah Saffiyah radīyAllahu ʿanha states: The hair of Abu Mahzura radīyAllahu ʿanh was always tied. Untying his hair would result in it touching the ground. Someone questioned him, “Why do you not cut you hair?” He replied, “I cannot cut my hair, as the Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam has touched them.” (Al-Shifāʿ (2:44).
ʿĀsim Ahwāl radīyAllahu `anh states: I once saw a blessed bowl of the beloved Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam, it was kept by ʿAnas radīyAllahu ʿanh. It was very beautiful and was made of the Shamshad wood. It broke, so ʿAnas radīyAllahu ʿanh fixed it using a silver wire. ʿAnas radīyAllahu ʿanh stated, “I presented water to the Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam many times in this bowl.”
Ibn al-Sirrīn radīyAllahu ʿanh states that there was iron piece in the middle of the bowl. ʿAnas wanted to change this round iron into gold or silver. However, Talha radīyAllahu ʿanh disagreed, and said, “Never attempt to change that which was made by the beloved Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam.” After hearing this ʿAnas left it as it was.
This bowl was so valuable, and Nazr bin ʿAnas radīyAllahu ʿanh bought it for eight hundred thousand dirhams.
Once the beloved Prophet visited a place, Saqifa Bani Sawdah with his blessed companions. He asked Sahl bin Saʿad radīyAllahu ʿanh to give him some water to drink. Sahl radīyAllahu ʿanh presented a bowl of water, the beloved Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam and his blessed companions drank the water. Abu Hazim narrates, “Sahl radīyAllahu ʿanh brought that bowl to us, and we also drank from it. Later ʿUmar bin ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz radīyAllahu ʿanh was gifted the bowl by Sahl bin Saʿad radīyAllahu ʿanh.”
Abu Bakr bin Anbarī radīyAllahu ʿanh states: Amīr al-Muʿāviya radīyAllahu ʿanh wanted the blessed cloak that was given to Kaʿab ibn Zuhayr radīyAllahu ʿanh by the beloved Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam, after he recited the poem (Qasida Banat Suʿad), but Kaʿab radīyAllahu ʿanh refused saying, “How can I give away this blessed cloak, that was given to be my the noble Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam?” Later, after the passing of Kaʿab radīyAllahu ʿanh; Amīr al-Muʿāviya radīyAllahu ʿanh purchased the blessed cloak from the family of Kaʿab radīyAllahu ʿanh for twenty-thousand dinars.” (Ibn Hishām, Sharh Qasīda Banat Suʿad)
Qādī ʿIyad radīyAllahu ʿanh states: ʿAbd Allah ibn ʿUmar radīyAllahu ʿanh would approach the mimbar of the Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam and kiss that blessed place where the Messenger of Allah sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam sat and wipe his hands over his face (for blessings).” (al-Shifāʿ (2:44))
Qādī ʿIyad radīyAllahu ʿanh further states: Imam al-Malik radīyAllahu ʿanh would never ride on any form of transportation in the blessed city of Madinah al-Munawwarah. He would say, “I feel ashamed in front of the Lord Almighty that I take transport on animals on that blessed ground where my Beloved sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam is resting.” (al-Shifāʿ (2:44))
Imam al-Samhudi radīyAllahu ʿanh writes about the teacher of Imam al-Malik radīyAllahu ʿanh, Yahya bin Saeed radīyAllahu ʿanh: Whenever he intended to travel to Iraq he would first approach the mimbar of the beloved Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam, and after kissing it perform duʿa for a safe journey. (Wafa ul-Wafa (2:442))
Imam Ismaʿil al-Haqqi al-Baghdadi radīyAllahu ʿanh writes: The name of Iyad’s son was Muhammad. Once the king ordered, “Ask the son of Iyad to prepare water (of ablution) for me.” Iyad asked him, “What has my son done that you are not addressing him by his first name?” The king replied, “I am not in a state of ablution, thus I feel ashamed proclaiming his name (Muhammad), without being in the state of ablution.” (Tafsir Ruh al-Bayan (7:185))
Extracted from ‘Respect of the Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam’.