Noble Description of the Prophet SAW

December 14, 2008 at 7:10 am 9 comments

It feels extremely long since I’ve spoken about the Prophet SAW; not like I’m in any position to speak about him really. But yeah.. Remember the narration about the dream that Sayyidina Bilal RA had after the passing of the Prophet SAW, where the Prophet SAW asked him “Don’t you miss me ya Bilal? Isn’t it time to come visit me?”. Well..I wouldn’t say I feel like that, but perhaps a little tiny tiny tiny proportion of that gulf of emotions that Sayyidina Bilal RA would have felt.

Therefore, to appease this heart and the hearts of many who miss the Prophet SAW, here’s a noble description of Habibina Muhammad SAW. :)

A’udhu billahi mina-shaytaani rajeem
Bismillahi Rahman-i Rahim
Wasolatu wassalam ala ashrafil mursalin Sayyidina Muhammadin wa ala alihi wasohbihi ajmain.


Hazrat Sheikh-ul Hadeeth Maulana Muhammad Zakaria (R.A.) writes in Khasa’Ile Nabawi — in explanation of SHAMA’ILE TIRMIDHI:-

Imaam Tirmidhi has quoted in this chapter those ahaadith that have been narrated on the noble features of Sayyidina Rasulullah SAW. It is impossible to accurately describe actual beauty and elegance of Sayyidina Rasulullah SAW.

To draw a pen-picture of his appearance is beyond one’s capability, but the Sahabah (Radiallahu anhum) have endeavoured, according to their capabilities, to preserve what little they could, of which some is written here. Qurtubi says: “The full beauty and elegance of Sayyidina Rasulullah SAW has not been made manifest, otherwise it would not have been possible for man to look at him”. The Sahabah (Radiallahu anhum), have done the ummah an immense favour by conveying to them the perfect intrinsic knowledge, as well as the perfect conspicuous elegance and beauty of Sayyidina Rasullullah SAW. When an unfulfilled lover is deprived of meeting the beloved then he stands in front of the beloved’s house remembering the features of his beloved, in an attempt to gain some solace. It is from habits and features that the heart is appeased.

  1. It is related from Ebrahim bin Muhammad RA who is from the sons (grand sons of Ali RA, that whenever Ali RA described the nobel features of Rasulullah SAW, he used to say: “Rasulullah SAW 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 SAW was white with redness in it. The mubaarak eyes of Rasulullah SAW 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 body. Sayyidina Rasulullah SAW 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 SAW were fully fleshed. When he walked, he lifted his legs with vigour, 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 SAW faced the person he spoke to, with his chest and body. Some scholars have translated this as, when Sayyidina Rasulullah SAW 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 Prophethood was situated between his shoulders. He was the last of all prophets. He was the most generous and the most truthful. He was the most kind-hearted and came from a most noble 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 SAW 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 SAW 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 SAW neither before nor after him.”
  2. Hasan bin Ali RA reported: “I inquired from my maternal uncle (Sayyiditina Fatimah RA’s step brother) Hind bin Abi Haalah RA about the noble features of the Rasulullah SAW. He had often described the noble features of Rasulullah SAW in detail. I felt that I should hear from him personally, some of the noble features of Rasulullah SAW, so that I could make his description a proof and testimony for myself and also memorise them, and, if possible, try to emulate and adopt them. (The age of Sayyidina Hasan RA at the time of Rasulullah SAW’s death was seven years. In view of his age he did not have the opportunity to realise fully the features of Rasulullah SAW. 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 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 SAW habitually parted his hair as stated in Ahadith. The Ulama say that this was in the early periods where Rasulullah SAW did not make an effort to do so. According to this humble servant, the answer to this is bit difficult, because it was the principal of Rasulullah SAW 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 SAW was abundant, it used to pass over his ear- lobes). Rasulullah SAW had a very luminous complexion (colour), and a wide forehead. He had dense and fine hair on his eye brows. Both eye brows were seperate 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 lustre 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 lustre 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 SAW 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 colour 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 lustre (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 vigour, 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 to the ground than towards the sky (A question may arise here that it is reported in Abu Daawud that Rasulullah SAW 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.

“Here the gaze of the killer hasn’t lifted modestly.
There the hand of the lover rest on the heart of the deceased”

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”


Eeheeheehee ;)

I feel like some schoolgirl with a crush on the coolest boy in school. Except the “boy” in question is the coolest man on earth (and the heavens too) and physically lived more than a thousand years ago. More than a thousand years! =/

Hope that was a good start to your Sunday. :) Keep the salawat coming people! Have a blessed week ahead.


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mahirah  |  December 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    my biggest crush ever too ehehehe! XD

  • 2. alfaqeer  |  December 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Mahirah: Yeah, thats the thing about having crushes with the coolest guy in school – you gotta share your crush with other girls crushing on him too! Haha! And in this case, with other guys as well! ;p

  • 3. ruqayyah  |  December 14, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    The Prophet s.a.w. was so shy, he was compared to a bikr, (a maiden) in her room. masyaAllah.. :)

  • 4. ruqayyah  |  December 14, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    the height of the Prophet sollaAllahualaihiwasallam was compared such as that a tall person did not see him as too short, and a short person did not see him as too tall.
    when the Prophet s.a.w. stood to talk to anyone, it was always within a comfortable height.
    Allahu yubarik lahu.

  • 5. faruq  |  December 15, 2008 at 8:25 am

    “O Beloved! Thy beauty is beyond the scope of tongue and pen to describe. Had you been among the ladies instead of Yusuf, they would have cut their hearts instead of fingers!”
    – Mohammad Yasin Owadally in his book Words of Wisdom and Sufim

    I can’t wait to get this book:

    “Our Master Muhammad (saw) The Messenger of Allah – His Sublime Character & Exalted Attributes”

    Till we meet, O beloved of God! InsyaAllah!

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  • 7. srikandi  |  December 15, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Qaala Sayyidunal Habib ‘alaihis solaatu was Salaam:

    “Al-mar’u ma’a man ahabb”
    ~ A man is with whom he loves..

    O ALLAH, please let us be with our Crush in Your jannah..ameen :)

  • 8. Sakina  |  December 26, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    When one looks upon rasulallah (saw) from afar they find him beautiful. When one looks upon rasulallah (saw) close up they find him more beautiful. How rare a thing is that?

    When he (saw) ever stood next to someone else, he (saw) would always be the taller of the two. How unique a thing is that?

    “Say O Muhammad “If you love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you” – Al-Qur’an

  • 9. Abdurrahman Abdulwahab  |  December 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I really appreciate the opportunity given to me by allowing to check for the description of our noble Prophet, my the peace and blessings of Allah S.W. be upon him his household, companion and the entire Muslim Ummah till the day Allah would not in need of the universe though He needs no one initially, presently and even in the future.

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