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Book 01 – The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ

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Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reports:

“Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) was neither tall nor was he short (like a dwarf… He was of medium stature). In complexion, he was neither very white like lime, nor very dark, nor brown which results in darkness (he was illuminant, more luminous than even the full-moon on the 14th night). The hair of Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) was neither very straight nor very curly (but slightly wavy). When he attained the age of forty, Allah the Almighty granted him nubuwwah (prophethood). He lived for ten years in Makkah (commentary) and in Madina for ten years. At that time there were not more than twenty white hair on his Mubarak (blessed) head and beard.” (This will be described in detail in the chapter on the white hair of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam).

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 1



Anas bin Malik (Radiallhu Anhu) reports,

“Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) was of medium stature, he was neither very tall nor very short. He was very handsome, of medium built and his hair was neither very curly nor very straight (but was slightly wavy). He had a wheat-colored complexion. When he walked, he leaned forward slightly”.

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 2



Baraa bin Aazib (Radiallahu anhu) relates that:
“Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) was a man of a medium build, (slightly tall, as explained before); he had broad shoulders (from which we may gather that he had a wide chest); he had dense hair which reached his ear-lobes; he wore a red-striped lungi (a cloth worn around the legs) and shawl. I never saw anybody or anything more handsome than him”.

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 3



Baraa bin Aazib (Radiallahu Anhu) reports:
“I never have seen someone with long hair and red clothing more handsome than Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam). His hair reached his shoulders. The portion between his two shoulders was wide. He was neither very tall nor very short”.:

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 4



It is reported from Ali (Radiallahu Anhu):
“Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) was neither very tall nor very short. The soles of both feet were very fleshed. (This quality is praiseworthy in a man as it denotes strength and courage but is not praiseworthy for a woman). He had a large head. The joints of the bones were also large. There was a thin line of hair from the chest to the navel. When Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) walked, it appeared that he was descending from a high place”. Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) says: “I did not see anyone like him neither before him nor after him”.

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 5



It is related from Ebrahim bin Muhammad (Radiallahu anhu) who is from the sons (grand sons of Ali radiallahu anhu, that whenever Ali radiallahu anhu described the noble features of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam), he used to say:
“Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) was neither very tall nor short, but of a medium stature among people. His hair was neither very curly nor very straight but had a slight wave in it. He did not have a big body nor a round face, but his mubaarak face was slightly round (meaning he did not have a fully round face nor a fully elongated face, but in between the two). The complexion of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) was white with redness in it. The Mubarak eyes of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) were extremely black. His eyelashes were long. The joints of the body (e.g. elbows and knees etc.) were large, likewise the portion between the two shoulders was broad and fully fleshed. There was no hair (more than normal) on his body. (Some people have profuse hair on their bodies. Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) did not have hair on the parts of his body, besides places like the arms and legs, etc.) He had a thin line of hair running from the chest to the navel. The hands and feet of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) were fully fleshed. When he walked, he lifted his legs with vigor, as if he were descending to a low-lying place. When he addressed a person he turned his whole body towards that person. (He did not only turn his face towards the person he addressed, as this is considered impolite, and sometimes, it even denotes pride. Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) faced the person he spoke to, with his chest and body. Some scholars have translated this as, when Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) addressed someone, he completely turned his face towards that person, and did not give a side glance. This is not a suitable translation). The seal of the prophethood was situated between his shoulders. He was a last of all prophets. He was the most generous and the most truthful. He was the most kind-hearted and came from a noblest family. (It means his character, family back-ground and everything else was of the best). Any person who saw him suddenly would become awe-inspired. Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) had such a great personality and dignity, that the person who saw him for the first time, because of his awe-inspiring personality, would be overcome with a feeling of profound respect. Firstly, there is a ro`b (awe) for physical beauty, with this when other Kamaalat are added what more could then be said of the ro’b (awe). Besides, the special attributes and qualities granted to Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) ro’b (awe) is also one of the special qualities granted to him). Anyone who came in close contact with him, and knew his excellent character was smitten with the love of his excellent attributes. Anyone who described his noble features can only say: “I have not seen anyone like Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) neither before nor after him.”

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 6



Hasan bin Ali (Radiallahu anhu) reported:
“I inquired from my maternal uncle (Sayyiditina Fatimah Radiallahu anha’s stepbrother) Hind bin Abi Haalah (Radiallahu anhu) about the noble features of the Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam). He had often described the noble features of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) in detail. I felt that I should hear from him personally, some of the noble features of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam), so that I could make his description proof and testimony for myself and also memorize them, and, if possible, try to emulate and adopt them. (The age of Sayyidna Hasan (Radiallahu anhu) at the time of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam)’s death was seven years. In view of his age he did not have the opportunity to realize fully the features of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam). The uncle described the noble features by saying: “He had great qualities and attributes in him, others also held him in high esteem. His mubarak face shone like the full moon. He was slightly taller than a man of middle height but shorter than a tall person. His Mubarak’s head was moderately large. His Mubarak hair was slightly twisted. If his hair became parted naturally in the middle he left it so, otherwise, he did not habitually make an effort to part his hair in the middle. (This is a more respected translation).A question may arise that Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) habitually parted his hair as stated in Ahadith. The Ulama say that this was in the early periods where Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) did not make an effort to do so. According to this humble servant, the answer to this is a bit difficult, because it was the principal of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) to oppose the ways of the non-believers, and agree to the ways of Ahlul Kitab, he did not part his hair in the middle. For this reason, according to some Ulama, the best translation will be that he only parted his hair in the middle if it could be easily done, and when this could not be done easily, and a comb, etc. was needed to do it, then he did not part his hair in the middle. Occasionally he used to part his hair in the middle with a comb etc. When the hair of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallallam) was abundant, it used to pass over his ear-lobes). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) had a very luminous complexion (color), and a wide forehead. He had dense and fine hair on his eyebrows. Both eyebrows were separate and did not meet each other in the middle. There was a vein between them that used to expand when he became angry. His nose was prominent and had a nur and luster on it. When one first looked at him, it seemed as if he had a large nose, but looking at it carefully showed that the luster and beauty made it look large, otherwise in itself, the nose was not large.”His beard was full and dense. The pupil of his eye was black. His cheeks were full and full of flesh. The mouth of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) was moderately wide. (He did not have a small mouth). His teeth were thin and bright. The front teeth had a slight space between them. There was a thin line of hair from the chest to the navel. His neck was beautiful and thin, like the neck of a statue shaved clean, the color of which was clear, shining and beautiful like silver. All the parts of his body were of moderate size and fully fleshed. His body was proportionately jointed. His chest and stomach were in line, but his chest was broad and wide. The space between his shoulders was wide. The bones of his joints were strong and large (denoting strength). When he removed his clothing, his body looked bright and had a luster (or rather those parts of the body that were not covered by his clothing were also bright and shining, compared with those parts of the body that were covered by his clothing. According to this humble servant the latter translation is more appropriate). Between the chest and navel, there was a thin line of hair. Besides this line, neither the chest nor the stomach had other hair on it. Both sides, the shoulders and the upper portion of the chest had hair. His forearm was long and palms were wide. The palms and both feet were fully fleshed. The fingers and toes were moderately long. The soles of his feet were a bit deep. His feet were smooth, because of their cleanliness and smoothness the water did not remain there but flowed away quickly. When he walked, he lifted his legs with vigor, leaned slightly forward and placed his feet softly on the ground. He walked at a quick pace and took rather a long step. He did not take small steps. When he walked it seemed as if he was descending to a lower place. When he looked at something he turned his whole body towards it. He always looked down. His sight was focused more on the ground than towards the sky (A question may arise here that it is reported in Abu Daawud that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) usually looked towards the sky. Both are reconciled thus: His habit was to look down towards the ground, but he also waited for the wahi (revelation), therefore while waiting he often looked towards the sky. Otherwise, he usually looked down towards the ground.His modest habit was to look at something with a light eye, i.e. he looked at a thing, with modesty and bashfulness, hence he did not stare at anything. While walking he asked the Sahabah (Radiallahu anhum) to walk in front, and he himself walked behind. He made salaam to whomsoever he met”

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 7



Jaabir bin Samurah (Radiallahu anhu) says:
“Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) had a wide mouth. There were red lines in the whiteness of his eyes. He had little flesh on his heels.”

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 8



It is related from Jaabir (Radiallahu anhu) that he said:
“I once saw Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) on the night of a full moon. On that night he wore red clothing. At times I looked at the full moon and at times at Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam). Ultimately I came to the conclusion that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) was more handsome, beautiful and more radiant than the full moon.”

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 9



Abu-Ishaaq (Radiallahu anhu) says:
“A person once asked Baraa bin Aazib (Radiallahu anhu), “Was the face of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) shining like a sword?” He replied: “No but like a full-moon with its roundness.”:

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 10



Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu anhu) says:
“Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) was so clean, clear, beautiful and handsome, as though his body was covered and molded in silver. His hair was slightly curled.”:

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 11



Jaabir bin Abdullah (Radiallahu anhu) narrates from Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) that he said:
“The Ambiyaa (Prophets) were shown to me. I saw Musa (Alaihis salaam), he had a thin body, like one from among the tribe of Shanu’ah. I saw Esa (Alaihis salaam). From among all those whom I have seen, he somewhat resembled Urwah bin Masud. I saw Ebrahim (Alaihis salaam). From among all those that I have seen, I, more or less, look like him. In the same manner, I saw Jibra-eel (Alaihis salaam). From among all those I had seen, he more or less looked like Dihyah Kalbi.”

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 12



Sa’eed Jariri (Radiallahu anhu) says:
“I heard Abu Tufayl (Radiallahu anhu) say: “There is no one left on the face of this Earth, besides me who had seen Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam).” I asked him to describe to me the noble features of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam). He said: “Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) had a white complexion, which was slightly reddish, and had a medium-sized body.”:

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 13



Ibn Abbas (Radiallahu anhu) says:
“The front teeth of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) were a bit wide (spread out). They were spaced out and not close together. When Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) talked, an illumination emitting from his teeth could be seen.”

References

Shama’il al-Muhammadiya, Book of The Noble Features Of Prophet of Allah ﷺ, Hadith 14



 

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