Story No. 141 – Hazrat Mohammed’s (saw) chastity
Hazrat Mohammed’s (saw) chastity Psychologists believe that the environment lays the foundations of people’s character and their way of thinking and that the principle of harmony causes the people to follow the society’s dominant patterns of thought and behavior.
Although some of these psychologists have gone to extremes in this matter and have regarded this theory as a general and all-embracing principle, according to which all social phenomena without exception may be analyzed, the principle of the effect of the society on people’s morale is undeniable.
Therefore, an environment of virtue and health produces pious and normal offspring, and a corrupt, deviated society will naturally lead people into the pit of corruption and deviation. Thus, those who remain untouched by the society’s deviating factors, must be exceptional people.
Hazrat Mohammed (saw) lived in a severely polluted environment, the atmosphere of which was darkened with all kinds of moral deterioration and sins. In the Hijaz, not only the youth, but also the aged had become most shamefully involved in sexual deviations and unchaste. In every alley and neighborhood, black flags had been hung over some houses as a sign of corruption, inviting un-virtuous people inside.
Hazrat Mohammed (saw) grew up in such a foul society, but though he (saw) remained unmarried until the age of 25, the sordid environment could not affect him the least bit, nor did anybody observe any immoral action springing from him. Both his friends and his enemies regarded him as the best model of chastity and virtue.