Episode 8: Physical Characteristics of The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) | Lessons from The Seerah – Yasir Qadhi And realize that it is the sunnah of Allah. It is the custom of Allah, that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) sends Prophets and Messengers with the most perfect characteristics, inner and outer. And the reason He does so, is so that that mankind has no reason to reject this Messenger. And also, perfect images as well. So the Prophets, as a general rule are all handsome in nature. And they are all with beautiful characteristics. ‘Amr ibn ‘As later on would say that there was nothing that was more sweeter to me more beloved to me, than two stare at the face of the Prophet (ﷺ). Now I want you to pause here. This is not how a man talks usually, right? “There was nothing more beloved to me than to stare at the face of another person.” It’s now how a man talks. But the beauty of the Prophet (ﷺ) was so overpowering. His jamal, his nuur is so great. That ‘Amr ibn ‘As is saying, “The was nothing that I got more peace from, more serenity from, more أحلى, nothing sweeter, than to simply look at the face of the Prophet (ﷺ).” And yet, and he said, “And I could never get enough of looking at him, I never got tired.” There was no (ملل), I never got tired of looking at him. And yet, for you to ask me how he look, I couldn’t describe him. Were you to ask me how he look, I couldn’t describe him. Why? He said, “Because along this desire to stare at him, the was also this awe, this reverence that I had that couldn’t allow me to just stare directly at him, that I have to lower my face.” In other words, there are two emotions, there was two powers if you like, I don’t like being metaphysical, but there’s two types of powers emanating from the Prophet (ﷺ). The first of them, he’s attracting ‘Amrs’ vision to him. And the second is that awe, that overpoweringness, that ‘Amr cannot stare directly: this is Rasuulullah (ﷺ). And so Anas ibn Malik has given us one of the most explicit description of the Prophet (ﷺ). And this is found in the Shamail of At Tirmidhi. Anas ibn Malik says that the Prophet (ﷺ), was neither very tall such that he stood above the crowd, nor was he short, such that he would be ignored. He was in the middle. He was of a medium stature. And the Prophet (ﷺ) was neither extremely white, and nor was he a ruddy brown. Generally speaking, when the Arabs used the word white, it is a lightish brown. What they call white is a lightish brown. It’s not the white that we consider Caucasian white. That white they called (أصْفَر), which that was it’s not really white, it’s yellowish to them that’s how they consider, okay? So the Prophet (ﷺ) was a very lightish color of brown. So the Prophet (ﷺ) had a lightish brownish color. So Anas ibn Malik is saying, neither was he purely on that side, nor was he ruddy brown, nor was he the rusty brown color, he was in the middle. The Prophet’s (ﷺ) hair was not in curls, nor was it straight, it was it was firm hair like most men’s hair is. And Anas ibn Malik said that I never felt any velvet or silk softer than the hand of the Prophet (ﷺ). His hands was very soft, softer than velvet and silk. And he said nor that I smell a musk or a perfume, more fragrant than the sweat of the Prophet (ﷺ). In other word, his natural odor that would emanate from him the natural odor that would emanate from him Anas ibn Malik said, “I never smelled any fragrance more sweeter than this smell.” We continue with Ali’s statement, that whoever unexpectedly saw him, would stand in awe of him. In other word, if you weren’t expecting to see him, you saw him, you would just stop for a millisecond. So much reverence from his body emanating. You would stand in awe of him. And whoever accompanied him and got to know him would love him. Once you got to know him you would get to love him. And those who describe him would always say, now Ali is saying, this is what everybody else says, and this is exactly what everybody else says, What did he say? “I have never seen anyone before him or after him who was like him.” This is exactly what Ali is saying that other people say and this is, we’re already saying, Barra’ said this, and Rubai’ said this, so on and so forth, all of the sahabah are saying the same thing. I’ve never seen anyone, before him or after him, like him. And this really shows us that Allah had given the Prophet (ﷺ) not just these physical, but these spiritual characteristics that is just emanating from him. And one of the best examples of this, is the fact that many people accepted Islam, just by seeing his face. The most famous convert like this, is the chief rabbi of the Jews of Madinah, and his name was Abdullah ibn Salam. Abdullah ibn Salam was the chief rabbi of the Jews, and he was the most respected of the Yahud. And he heard this man coming, claiming to be a Prophet, So he said let me… And this was the first day that the Prophet (ﷺ) came to Madinah. The first day. And so he said, “Let mo go see.” Now, he wants to go see what his message is. Right? Notice now he’s describing in the first person. The hadith is in Bukhari. He said, “As soon as I saw him, (عرفة ان وجهه ليس بوجه كاذب) As soon as I saw him I knew that this face that he has cannot be the face of a liar.