THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPHET, صلى الله عليه وسلم

Hind the daughter of Abu Haalah at-Tamimi, with whom Allah is pleased, described the Prophet of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, with the following description:

The Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, was a sensational man, who was honored by all who saw him.

His face glowed like the full moon.

He was of moderate height, not too tall and not too short.

He had a large head and his hair was wavy.

He would part his hair if it got long, otherwise, his hair did not exceed the lobes of his ears under normal circumstances.

He was a healthy pink. His forehead was wide.

His eyebrows were naturally groomed, and were not joined.

There was a vein between his eyebrows that swelled in case of anger.

His nose was straight and had a special glow. The bridge of his nose was slightly high.

He, صلى الله عليه وسلم, had a thick beard with soft cheeks.

His mouth was slightly large.

He had moustaches.

His teeth had gaps in between.

His neck was [pretty] like that of a doll, and it was silvery white.

He, صلى الله عليه وسلم, was moderately built and very strong.

His belly and chest were on the same level.

His chest and shoulders were wide. His body joints were big.

His skin was white.

He had hair from the end of his breastbone to his navel.

There was no hair on his breasts, but his arms and shoulders were hairy.

His forearms were large and his palms were wide.

Both his hands and feet were short, and his fingers were of moderate length.

His feet were flat and smooth; due to the smoothness of his feet water would not settle on them.

He walked in strides and in a graceful manner; he would lift his feet, and not drag them.

Whenever he, صلى الله عليه وسلم, turned he would turn with his entire body [as opposed to turning his neck and head only].

He lowered his gaze at all times. He looked down to earth more often than he looked up to the heaven.

He often glimpsed at things [as opposed to staring at things].

He offered the greetings to others before they offered it to him.’

Someone asked: ‘Describe his manner of speech.’ Hind said: ‘The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, appeared sad most of the time, and would be in deep thought. He would never rest completely, and he did not speak unless he needed to.

Whenever he spoke he would start and complete his statements with the name of Allah.

He spoke clearly and uttered meaningful, precise and accurate statements only.

His statements were very decisive; no one could distort his words.
He was extremely kind and caring.
He never insulted others.
He was grateful for every blessing Allah bestowed on him, no matter how minute it seemed; he never belittled anything.
He did not criticize any food he tasted, nor did he praise it.
He was never upset for worldly affairs. If a person was wronged he would become very angry.
His anger would not subside until the person’s right was given to him.
He would not become angry if he was wronged, nor would he avenge himself. When he pointed, he pointed with his entire hand; when he was surprised he would flip his hand.
When the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, talked he would tap his right palm using his left thumb.
When he was angry he would turn his face away, and when he was pleased and happy he would lower his gaze.
Most of his laughter was done by smiling. Whenever he smiled, his teeth appeared like pearls of hale.’

Al-Hasan, may Allah be pleased with him, said: ‘I did not inform al-Husain about this (description of the Prophet) for a period of time, but he had already asked his father (Ali, may Allah be pleased with him) about these details. Al-Husain, may Allah be pleased with him, said: ‘I asked my father about how the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, entered upon his family, and left them and about his manners in general.’

Al-Husain, may Allah be pleased with him, said: ‘I asked my father how the Prophet, may Allah exalt his mention, spent his time in his house, and how he divided his time.’ He replied: ‘He divided his time into three portions; one portion for the sake of Allah, the other for his family, and the third he divided between himself and people.
He did not conceal any advice or guidance from any of them. He would spend the portion he allotted for his Ummah by attending to the needs of people according to their religious status and needs.
He would busy these people by teaching them that which would benefit them and their Ummah, and by informing them of what they needed. He would say to them: ‘Let those who are present convey (what they have learned) to those who are absent, and inform me of the needs of those who cannot attend our sitting, for: ‘Whoever informs the ruler of a person’s plight, Allah would affirm him on the bridge on the Day of Resurrection.’

Al-Husain, may Allah be pleased with him, further said, ‘I asked my father about the manners of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, while he was outside his home?’ He said, ‘He safeguarded his tongue [from idle talk] and gave sincere counseling and talked with beneficial speech by which he would be able to gather and unite people. He honored the generous, kind and noble person amongst each people, and he would charge them with the affairs of their people. He warned people against evils and guarded himself against them as well, though he never frowned in the face of any person. He asked about people’s situation and ordered with the good and forbade evil. He, صلى الله عليه وسلم, was moderate in all his affairs. He never wasted an opportunity to remind his companions and give them sincere counseling. He, صلى الله عليه وسلم, was prepared for every case, and would uphold the truth and was not heedless. The people who sat nearest to him were the best among people. The best Companion was him who offered the best advice. The Companion highest in rank was the one who supported and helped him in the best manner.

Al-Husain, may Allah be pleased with him, said: ‘I asked my father how the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, behaved in his sittings, and he said, ‘The Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, never got up or sat down without mentioning the name of Allah. He forbade designating a certain spot to a person so that he would consider it as his own. He sat wherever he found a spot.
He also ordered others to do the same, when they entered a sitting. He divided his time equally and justly among his Companions who sat with him.
The one who sat with the Prophet, may Allah exalt his mention, would think that he was the most important and beloved individual to him.
If a person came asking him for a certain need, he would not rush him, rather he would allow the person to complete his request and leave at his own accord.
The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, would not return one who asked empty-handed; he would even say nice words to him if he was not able to fulfill his request. He had an open heart and an open mind. He was considered like a kind and caring father to everyone; all people were to him equal. His sittings were sittings of knowledge, perseverance, patience, modesty, and trust. No one would raise his voice in the presence of the Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم. No one talked evil about another in his presence either.
Those in the sitting treated each other in a humble manner, and they respected the elderly and were merciful to the young and they respected the stranger.’

Al-Husain, may Allah be pleased with him, said: ‘I asked my father about the Prophet’s attitude with people in his meetings and sittings, and he said to me: ‘The Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, was constantly cheerful. He was extremely kind and caring. He was never rough.
He never raised his voice in public or used foul language. He never talked ill of anyone or gossiped. He never adulated anyone. He never disappointed anyone. He avoided three things; argumentation, talking too much and interfering in what is of no importance to him. He also avoided three other things; he never talked ill of anyone, he never mocked anyone and he never spoke of anyone’s fault in front of others, nor did he criticize anyone. He spoke only about things that he hoped to be rewarded for. Whenever he spoke his Companions looked at the ground [out of respect and attention] it was as if birds landed on their heads. When the Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, stopped talking, his Companions talked. They never differed in front of him. Whenever one of his Companions talked, the rest would attentively listen until he completed his statement. Only leading Companions talked in the presence of the Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم.
The Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, demonstrated extreme patience when he listened to a stranger with a difficult accent or dialect. He would not ask the speaker any question until he completed his statement. In fact, the Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, directed his Companions to assist the person who sought his help. He never interrupted a speaker until the speaker completed his statement and stopped at his own accord or if the person got up to leave.’ (Baihaqi)

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