Contrary to the popular believe among non-Muslims, Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) did not have always have frown on his face. He (pbuh) had an extraordinary sense of humour. He smiled a lot and in some cases, he actually laughed! He obviously did not laugh out loudly, but you would see him smiling very broadly when something was funny. Here are a few instances:
The poor man
A man broke his fast (intentionally) during Ramadan. The Prophet (pbuh) commanded him to free a slave. The man said he could not. The prophet then asked him to fast for two months. Again the man said he would be unable. Lastly he asked the man to feed sixty poor men. He said, “I cannot provide.”
The Apostle said, “Sit down.” Thereafter, a huge basket of dates was brought to the Messenger of Allah. He said, “Take this and give it as charity.” He said, “O Messenger of Allah, there is no one poorer than I.” The Messenger of Allah thereupon laughed so that his canine teeth became visible and said, “Eat it yourself.”
One of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) called Zahir, was a local merchant who used to trade in metal objects. One day the Prophet (pbuh) was passing by the bazaar, he saw Zahir and playfully grabbed him from behind and said, “Will anyone buy this slave?” Zahir laughed and said, “O Messenger of Allah, whoever buys this slave will be in loss.” The Prophet smiled and said, “In Allah’s eyes, your value is high.
The camel’s child
On another occasion a man approached the Prophet (pbuh) and asked him for a camel ride. The Prophet said, “I would give you a camel’s child”. The man said, “O Messenger of Allah, What will I do with a camel’s child?” The Prophet smiled and said, “Is there any camel who is not the progeny of a camel?
Horse with wings
When Aisha was little, the Prophet (pbuh) saw some of her dolls. He asked: What is this? She replied: My dolls. Among them he saw a horse with wings made of rags, and asked: What is this I see among them? She replied: A horse. He asked: What is this that it has on it? She replied: Two wings. He asked: A horse with two wings? She replied: Have you not heard that Solomon had horses with wings? Thereupon the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) laughed so heartily that I could see his molar teeth, reported Aisha (RA).
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was a man of noble character. His compassion, love, good manners and sense of humour brought warmth to those around him. He was perfect in every way and therefore, the best example for us to follow.