Toleration of personal abuse was the Sunnah (blessed way) of all the Prophets (alayhis salaam). Their anger was only reserved for the sake of Allah and His Deen. In contrast, today, amongst even the (so-called) pious, anger is usually reserved only for personal inconveniences, whilst even the greatest of transgressions of the Shariah fail to trigger the slightest of reactions.
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal has recorded the following narration in his Musnad, with an authentic chain:
A man from amongst the Ansar uttered some words of grave impropriety regarding the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). My soul would not allow me to rest until I reported this to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
(In other books of Hadith, it is mentioned that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) became visibly aggrieved and his blessed face became red. Ibn Mas’ood continues:)
I dearly wished I could be ransomed from it (the abominable statement and reporting it) with all the people and wealth.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) responded:
‘If I am hurt, then indeed Musa (alayhi salaam) was harmed with worse than this and he remained patient.’
Then Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) mentioned a Prophet whose people belied him, and they wounded him (by beating him up and bashing his face) when he came to them with the command of Allah. He said, while wiping the blood off his face:
“O Allah! Forgive my people, for they do not know.”
مسند لابن حنبل
ﺣﺪﺛﻨﺎ ﻋﻔﺎﻥ، ﺣﺪﺛﻨﺎ ﺣﻤﺎﺩ ﺑﻦ ﺳﻠﻤﺔ، ﻗﺎﻝ: ﺃﺧﺒﺮﻧﺎ ﻋﺎﺻﻢ اﺑﻦ ﺑﻬﺪﻟﺔ، ﻋﻦ ﺃﺑﻲ ﻭاﺋﻞ، ﻋﻦ اﺑﻦ ﻣﺴﻌﻮﺩ، ﻗﺎﻝ: ﺗﻜﻠﻢ ﺭﺟﻞ ﻣﻦ اﻷﻧﺼﺎﺭ ﻛﻠﻤﺔ ﻓﻴﻬﺎ ﻣﻮﺟﺪﺓ ﻋﻠﻰ اﻟﻨﺒﻲ ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ، ﻓﻠﻢ ﺗﻘﺮﻧﻲ ﻧﻔﺴﻲ ﺃﻥ ﺃﺧﺒﺮﺕ ﺑﻬﺎ اﻟﻨﺒﻲ ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ، ﻓﻠﻮﺩﺩﺕ ﺃﻧﻲ اﻓﺘﺪﻳﺖ ﻣﻨﻬﺎ ﺑﻜﻞ ﺃﻫﻞ ﻭﻣﺎﻝ، ﻓﻘﺎﻝ: ” ﻗﺪ ﺁﺫﻭا ﻣﻮﺳﻰ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ اﻟﺼﻼﺓ ﻭاﻟﺴﻼﻡ، ﺃﻛﺜﺮ ﻣﻦ ﺫﻟﻚ ﻓﺼﺒﺮ ”
ﺛﻢ ﺃﺧﺒﺮ ﺃﻥ ﻧﺒﻴﺎ ﻛﺬﺑﻪ ﻗﻮﻣﻪ، ﻭﺷﺠﻮﻩ ﺣﻴﻦ ﺟﺎءﻫﻢ ﺑﺄﻣﺮ اﻟﻠﻪ، ﻓﻘﺎﻝ: ﻭﻫﻮ ﻳﻤﺴﺢ اﻟﺪﻡ ﻋﻦ ﻭﺟﻬﻪ: ” اﻟﻠﻬﻢ اﻏﻔﺮ ﻟﻘﻮﻣﻲ ﻓﺈﻧﻬﻢ ﻻ ﻳﻌﻠﻤﻮﻥ “
ﻗﺎﻝ: ﻗﺴﻢ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ اﻟﻠﻪ ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ﻓﻲ ﻫﻮاﺯﻥ ﺑﺎﻟﺠﻌﺮاﻧﺔ ﻓﺴﻤﻌﺖ ﻣﻦ ﺭﺟﻞ ﻣﻦ اﻷﻧﺼﺎﺭ ﻛﻠﻤﺔ ﻓﻴﻬﺎ ﻣﻮﺟﺪﺓ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ اﻟﻠﻪ ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ﻗﺎﻝ ﻋﺒﺪ اﻟﻠﻪ: ﻓﻤﺎ ﻣﻠﻜﺖ ﻧﻔﺴﻲ ﺣﺘﻰ ﺃﺗﻴﺖ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ اﻟﻠﻪ ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ﻓﺄﺧﺒﺮﺗﻪ ﻓﺘﻐﻴﺮ ﻭﺟﻬﻪ، ﻗﺎﻝ ﻋﺒﺪ اﻟﻠﻪ: ﻓﻠﻮﺩﺩﺕ ﺃﻧﻲ ﻛﻨﺖ اﻓﺘﺪﻳﺖ ﺫﻟﻚ ﺑﻜﻞ ﺃﻫﻠﻲ ﻭﻣﺎﻟﻲ ﻭﻟﻢ ﺃﺧﺒﺮﻩ، ﻓﻘﺎﻝ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ اﻟﻠﻪ ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ: «ﺇﻥ ﺃﻭﺫﻯ ﻓﻘﺪ ﺃﻭﺫﻱ ﻣﻮﺳﻰ ﺑﺄﻛﺜﺮ ﻣﻦ ﻫﺬا ﻓﺼﺒﺮ» ﻭﻗﺎﻝ: ” ﺇﻥ ﻧﺒﻴﺎ ﻣﻦ اﻷﻧﺒﻴﺎء ﻛﺎﻥ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻮﻣﻪ ﻳﻀﺮﺑﻮﻧﻪ ﺣﺘﻰ ﺷﺠﻮﻩ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻭﺟﻬﻪ ﻓﻘﺎﻝ: اﻟﻠﻬﻢ اﻏﻔﺮ ﻟﻘﻮﻣﻲ ﻓﺈﻧﻬﻢ ﻻ ﻳﻌﻠﻤﻮﻥ “