On the Prophet (Ṣ) Taking the Easier Option

Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).

How do we understand the statement that “whenever the Messenger of Allāh was given the choice between two things he chose the easier one, as long as this did not entail a sin, in which case he was the furthest of people from it”?

If there was nothing to distinguish between the two things in terms of the harm or benefit they entailed and if both things were merely permissible he would choose the thing which was easier and lighter.