In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Umar [radiyallaahu-anhu] said, “Allaah’s Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] distributed [wealth], so I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! Other people are more entitled to it than these.’ He said, ‘They gave me no option; either they would have asked me in a very harsh manner or they would have considered me miserly, and I am not miserly’”
In this hadeeth, there is proof to show that the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] was gentle towards his companions, for he did not scold Umar Ibnul Khattaab [radiyallaahu anhu] when he made this suggestion that the ones who did not receive wealth were more worthy of receiving it than those who received it, but the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] did not scold him; rather he informed him of the reason behind what he did. This is proof to show that indeed the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] had the highest level of gentleness, good manners, good dealing and beautiful patience. How can this not be when it is the case that he is the Messenger of Allaah [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] and the most virtuous human, [as well as the fact that he] is to be taken as an example in his good manners, gentleness, good dealings with the young, the old, male and female. This is first affair.
Secondly, the insignificance of the worldly things in the sight of the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam], for he was not asked anything of worldly wealth, except that he gave it. He never refused to give the one who asked because Allaah commanded him, saying: [وَأَمَّا السَّائِلَ فَلاَ تَنْهَرْ – And repulse not the beggar (Surah Ad-Duhaa. Aayah 10)]; especially the one who behaved harshly towards him when asking, for indeed he gave such a person from the worldly things because the worldly things were insignificant to him. He [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said, “If the world was worth the wing of a fly in the sight of Allah, an unbeliever [i.e. one who disbelieves in Allaah] would not have been given a sip of water from it”. [At-taleeqaatul Maleehah Alaa Silsilah Al-Ahaadeeth As-Saheehah vol 1. Page 152. Slightly paraphrased]