Beloved Prophet’s Physical Appearance (SAWW)


 

Allaah, the Almighty, created His slave and Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, in the best and most beautiful shape. He was the most perfect creature and the best of them all as far as his physical description and moral characteristics are concerned.

Al-Baraa’ Ibn ‘Aazib, may Allaah have mercy on him,narrated:

“The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was the most handsome of all people, and had the best appearance.” [Muslim]

 

In order to know more about our beloved Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and to love him more, we should know his physical description. We should always remember this description whenever we come across any of his narrations and whenever we try to imitate him.

 

  • The Prophet’s Face

Jaabir Ibn Samurah, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that a man asked him: “Was the face of the Prophet (long) as a sword?” He said: “No, but (as round) as the sun and the moon.” [Al-Bayhaqi]

This means that the face of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was round and bright like the sun and perfectly handsome like the moon.

Jaabir Ibn Samurah, may Allaah be pleased with him, also narrated: “I saw the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, on a brightly moonlit night wearing a red garment. Then I started looking at him and at the moon. And for me, he was more beautiful than the moon.” [At-Tirmithi and Ad-Daarimi]

Ka`b Ibn Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, said:

“Whenever the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was happy, his face would shine, as if it was a piece of the moon.” [Al-Bukhaari]

 

This means that whenever the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was happy, his face would become bright just like a luminous piece of the moon.

Moreover, Umm Ma`bad Al-Khuzaa`iyyah, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: “I saw a man who was innocently bright and had a broad countenance who was fine looking.” [Al-Bayhaqi]

This means that the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was elegantly handsome and his face was bright.

  • His Colour

Anas Ibn Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated: “Allaah’s Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had a rosy colour and he was neither completely white nor dark brown.” [Al-Bukhaari]

This means that the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had a white reddish complexion and he was neither completely white nor very brown.

Abu At-Tufayl, may Allaah be pleased with him, also said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had a white handsome face.” [Muslim]

 

  • His Head

Anas Ibn Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had a large head.” [Al-Bukhaari]

‘Ali Ibn Abu Taalib, may Allaah be pleased with him, also said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had a sizable head” [Al-Bayhaqi]

  • His Eyes

It was said to ‘Ali Ibn Abu Taalib, may Allaah be pleased with him: “Describe the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, for us. He said: ‘His was reddish white. He had large black eyes with long eyelashes’.” [Al-Bayhaqi]

Jaabir Ibn Samurah, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated: “Allaah’s Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had reddish eyes.” [Abu Daawood] This red color wa in the white part of the eye.

Jaabir Ibn Samurah, may Allaah be pleased with him, also narrated: “Allaah’s Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had reddish-black eyes.” [Muslim]

  • His Cheeks

Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, was asked about the physical description of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and he said: “He was the most handsome person … broad-shouldered, with smooth cheeks.” [Al-Bayhaqi]

Hind Ibn Abu Haalah, may Allaah be pleased with him, also said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had smooth cheeks.” [At-Tirmithi and Ahmad] This means that the cheeks of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had no projections.

  • His Hair

Anas Ibn Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The hair of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, used to hang down half way to his earlobes.” [Muslim] ‘Aa’ishah Bint Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with her, narrated: “The hair of the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was above the shoulders and below the earlobes.” [Abu Daawood and At-Tirmithi]

This means that the hair of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was of medium length. It did not reach his shoulders, and it was not too short either, namely it did not reach his earlobes. When the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, delayed cutting his hair, it would grow to his shoulders, and when he cut his hair, he would cut it up to his ears, or half way down to his earlobes.

Qataadah, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “I asked Anas Ibn Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him: ‘What was the hair of Allaah’s Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, like?’Thereupon, he said: ‘His hair was neither curly nor completely straight, and it hung over his shoulders and earlobes’.” [Abu Daawood]

  • His Stature

Anas Ibn Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated:

“”Allaah’s Messenger was neither very tall nor short.” [Al-Bukhaari] Thus, the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had a medium build.

 

  • His shoulders, chest and belly

Al-Baraa’ Ibn `Aazib, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated: “Allaah’s Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was of medium height, having broad shoulders.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Hind Ibn Abi Haalah, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had a broad and flat belly and chest and he had broad shoulders.”

[At-Tirmithi]

  • His limbs and how he walked

‘Ali Ibn Abi Taalib, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was neither excessively tall nor extremely short. He had thick hands and thick fingers and toes.” [At-Tirmithi]

Hind Ibn Abi Haalah, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had large palms. His legs were straight and long. His other limbs were also straight. The arches on his feet could hardly touch the ground. When he walked, he walked briskly (i.e. he walked with strength of purpose), lifting each foot clearly off the ground, not like those who walk with an air of ostentation, and he walked at ease when he was not in a hurry. When he walked, he leant forward as if descending a slope.”

[At-Tirmithi and Ahmad]

 

This means that he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, lifted his feet when he walked; he didn’t shuffle. The outside part of his feet were flat to the extent that water could not remain settled on it. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, used to walk calmly, humbly, and steadily. While walking, he used to lift his feet quickly, extend his pace and walk as if descending a slope.

  • His Smell and Perspiration

Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated: “Allaah’s Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had a very fair complexion and the drops of his perspiration shone like pearls, and when he walked he walked inclining forward, and I never touched brocade or silk and found it as soft as the palm of Allaah’s Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and I never smelt musk or ambergris whose fragrance was as good as that of Allaah’s Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.” [Muslim]

 

This means that the drops of perspiration from the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, looked just like pearls as far as their clarity and whiteness are concerned, and his smell was better than the fragrance of musk and ambergris.

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