equanimity.1 His biography shows clearly that he always acted with moderation and equanimity, and avoided excess and negligence.
Yes, God’s Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) conformed completely to the command:
Therefore stand firm [in the Straight Way] as you are commanded,(11:112)
and moderation is apparent in all his acts, words, and conduct. For example, since his reasoning faculty was free of wiliness and stupidity, which are excess and deficiency – resembling its corruption and darkness, it always functioned with wisdom, the middle way and means of moderation. Similarly, far from rage and cowardice, which are the corruption of the power of anger and its excess and deficiency, his power of anger was always employed with sacred courage, which is the middle way and means of moderation of that power. And so too, purified of licentiousness and frigidity, which are the excess and deficiency of the power of animal appetites and its corruption, his power of passion always took chasteness, the means of moderation of that power, as guide, at the degree of maximum virtuousness. And so on. In all his practices, daily conduct, and in carrying out the injunctions of his Shari‘a, he chose the way of moderation and avoided excess and deficiency, and wastefulness and prodigality, which are wrongdoing and darkness. He avoided wastefulness absolutely and took frugality as his guide in his speech even, and in eating and drinking. Thousands of books have been written describing the details of this truth. In accordance with “A hint is enough for the wise,” we make do with this drop from the ocean and cut the story short here.
O God, grant blessings to he who brought together in his person all fine moral qualities, and manifested the mystery of, “And you [stand] on an exalted standard of character,” and who said: “Whoever adheres to my practices when my community is corrupted shall receive the reward of a hundred martyrs.”
And they shall say: “Praise be to God, who has guided us to this [felicity]; never could we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of God; indeed it was the truth that the prophets of our Sustainer brought to us.”(7:43)
Glory be unto You! We have no knowledge save that which You have taught us; indeed You are All-Knowing, All-Wise.(2:32)
See, Musnad, vi, 68, 155; al-Tayalisi, al-Musnad, 49; Abu Ya’la, al-Musnad, iv, 478; al-Tabarani, al-Mu‘jam al-Kabir, x, 314.