The Countenance of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Muhammad, the Prophet of God (pbuh) was said to have possessed an exceptionally beautiful countenance, and this is certainly inherent in the nobility of his impeccable honesty and intelligence, as well as the adab, the courtesy and manners of his actions and speech in everyday life. His features have been described by several of the companions, such as Ali ibn Abi Talib, his cousin and son-in-law, with whom he was brought up and who knew him intimately. Ali describes the Prophet (pbuh) in these words:

He was neither tall and lanky nor short and stocky, but of medium height. His hair was neither curled nor straight, but moderately wavy. He was not overweight and his face was not plump. He had a round face. His complexion was white, tinged with reddishness. He had big black eyes with long lashes. His bones were heavy and his shoulders broad. He had soft skin, with fine hair covering the line from mid-chest to navel. The palms of his hands and the soles of his feet were firmly padded. He walked with a firm gait, as if striding downhill. On his back between his shoulders lay the Seal of Prophethood, for he was the last of the prophets.

He was the most generous of men in feeling, the most truthful in speech, the gentlest in disposition, and the noblest in lineage. At first encounter, people were awestruck by him, but on closer acquaintance they would come to love him. One who sought to describe him could only say, “Neither before him nor after him did I ever see the like of him.”

From Islamic Spirituality, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Ya Haqq!

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14 Responses to The Countenance of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

  1. mskoonj says:

    Beautiful.

    And you are the first person to change my URL in your blogroll. Pretty cool!

  2. “At first encounter, people were awestruck by him, but on closer acquaintance they would come to love him.”

    Oh how true this is. Peace and Blessings be upon him. May we all be with the one we love.

  3. gulnaz says:

    thank you for writing this

  4. musicalchef says:

    I love reading these! Thanks for posting it.

  5. Nate says:

    Isaiah 53

    The Suffering Servant

    1 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

    2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.

    3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

    4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

    5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

    6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

    7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

    8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

    9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

    10 But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

    11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.

    12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

    New American Standard Version

  6. masdhenk says:

    Please and Blessings be upon him,
    oh my prophet..

    nice blog..

    wassalamu’alaikum

  7. just a random question , do sufis take knowledge from , omar, othman and abu bakr ? what place do they have in the sufi world ?

  8. priya says:

    how beautiful ……Sarkar-e-Madinah was….it brought so much gladness ..i cant express dear brother.

  9. He was the modest also…Who cant love him? I love my prophet Mohammad(pbuh) and love his indulgence to the all people he reached.
    Please visit this link in my blog.

    http://believerwoman.wordpress.com/2007/08/03/he-was-the-modest/

  10. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brother and Sisters:

    Thank you all for the kind comments :) Here is a bit more on the blessed Prophet (pbuh):

    Umm Ma’bad (ra), who was known for her generosity, uprightness and courage, was visited by the Prophet (saas) during the Prophet (saas)’s migration from Mecca to Medina, but failed to recognize him. However, she described him to her husband, who recognized the Prophet (saas) from her description:

    “He was innocently bright and had a broad countenance. His manners were fine… He had black attractive eyes… His voice was very commanding. His head was well formed and set on a slender neck. His expression was pensive and contemplative, serene and sublime. The stranger was fascinated from the distance, but no sooner he became intimate with him, than this fascination was changed into attachment and respect. His expression was very sweet and distinct. His speech was well set and free from the use of superfluous words, as if it were rosary of beads. His stature was neither too high nor too small. He was singularly bright and fresh. He was always surrounded by his Companions. Whenever he uttered something, the listeners would hear him with rapt attention and whenever he issued a commandment, they vied with each other in carrying it out. He was a master and a commander.”

    Ya Haqq!

  11. MadSufi says:

    Yes, confusedaboutlife. Sufi Tariqas trace their knowledge back to the Prophet (PBUH) through his companions. For example, the “Naqshbandi Golden Chain” of the Haqqani is traced back to Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq, may God be well-pleased with him.

  12. cyclewala says:

    subhan Allah. May God bless you for posting this for us all!

  13. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum dear Irving Darvish,
    Such posts about our Beloved SallAllahu alaihi wasallam are rapturous, the more we know of him the closer, Insha’Allah Allah Ta’ala wills a closeness to be….JazakumuLlahu khairan!
    I have just posted two entries on seeking the vision of Rasulullah. May we all be gifted with such a dream and to be beside him at his Kawthar, Ameen.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  14. Yafiah says:

    Thank you for posting this, Brother Irving. It is so good to read this beautiful and inspiring description of our beloved Prophet, salahu alaihi wa salaam

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