The Embodiment of Beauty
The Companions l of the Prophet a had preserved a
description of the physical beauty of Prophet Muhammad a.
They said that he a was the most excellent of countenance
with the finest of character.1 They agreed that there was none
more beautiful than him a.2
Concerning his physical appearance, they said that he a
had a bright appearance as though he was made from light3
and that his teeth would glisten like they were pearls.4 He was
neither too tall nor short but was slightly taller than medium
height and his body was perfectly proportioned.5 His face was
neither long, nor round, but in between the two.6 His skin was
as soft as silk7 and he a had a beautiful fragrance like that of
1 Set forth by •al-Bukh¥rÏ in al-ßa^Ï^, 3:1303 §3356. •Muslim in al-
ßa^Ï^, 4:1819 §2337.
2 Set forth by •al-Bukh¥rÏ in al-ßa^Ï^, 3:1303 §3358. •Muslim in al-
ßa^Ï^, 4:1818 §2337.
3 Set forth by •al-D¥rimÏ in al-Sunan, 1:44 §57.
4 Set forth by •al-TirmidhÏ in al-Sham¥√il al-Mu^ammadiyya, pp. 36–38
§8. •al->abar¥nÏ in al-Mu¢jam al-KabÏr, 22:155–156.
5 Set forth by •al-TirmidhÏ in al-Sunan, 5:599 §3638.
6 Set forth by •al-Bayj‰rÏ in al-Muw¥hib al-Laduniyya ¢al¥ al-Sham¥√il
al-Muhammadiyya, p. 25.
7 Set forth by •al-Bukh¥rÏ in al-ßa^Ï^, 2:696 §1872.
8 Set forth by •al-Bukh¥rÏ in al-ßa^Ï^, 2:696 §1872.
The Prophet’s hair was black in colour,1 and it was neither
curly nor straight but moderately wavy.2 His hair was long,
and it reached the bottom of his ear or up to his shoulders.3 At
the time of his passing, which was 63 years in age, the Prophet
a had only a few strands of white hair, which according to
some narrations was not more than 14 strands of hair.4 His
forehead was broad,5 and his eyebrows were thin.6 When he
spoke, a light could be seen shining from his blessed mouth as
though he was made from light.7
1 Set forth by •Ma¢mar b. R¥shid in al-J¥mi¢, 11:259 §20490.
2 Set forth by •al-Bukh¥rÏ in al-ßa^Ï^, 5:2212 §5566. •Muslim in al-
ßa^Ï^, 4:1819 §2338.
3 Set forth by •al-Bukh¥rÏ in al-ßa^Ï^, 5:2211 §5561. •Muslim in al-
ßa^Ï^, 4:1818 §2337.
4 Set forth by •A^mad b. ±anbal in al-Musnad, 3:165 §12713. •¢Abd
al-Razz¥q in al-Mu|annaf, 11:155 §20185.
5 Set forth by •al-TirmidhÏ in al-Sham¥√il al-Mu^ammadiyya, p. 37 §8.
•Ibn ±ibb¥n in al-Thiq¥t, 2:145–146.
6 Set forth by •Ab‰ Ya¢l¥ in al-Musnad, 12:213 §6830.
7 Set forth by •al-D¥rimÏ in al-Sunan, 1:44 §58. •al-TirmidhÏ in al-
Sham¥√il al-Mu^ammadiyya, p. 41 §15.