Some salient features of the
Messenger of Allah’s character were contentment, optimism, and a generous
heart. He was a bearer of glad tidings. He forbade people from extremes of
austerity and asceticism, because these lead to repelling people from the
truth. Hopelessness and failure were not in his dictionary. A smile was always
on his face, and his heart was content. Furthermore, his commands were easy to follow,
for his mission was to alleviate hardship and to remove the shackles of
falsehood that hold people down.