Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Allahumasolli ‘ala Sayidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala Aalihi Wasohbihie wa Sallim…
Praise be to Allah, we are now in the month Rabi’ul Awal. The month in which The Seal of the Prophets, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny forever) was born. Thus my posts this blessed month will be entirely on his person pbuh. May Allah bless us with the vision of his face, increasing our love for him, aiding us in following his way, gaining his intercession by this pathetic effort to spread knowledge about the person of the Messenger pbuh who was sent as a mercy to the worlds!
Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “None of you will believe until I am more beloved to him than his children, his father and all people.”
Anas also reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “There are three things which cause anyone who takes refuge in them to experience the sweetness of belief – that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than anything else; that he loves a man only for Allah; and that he dislikes the thought of reverting to disbelief as much as he dislikes being cast into the Fire.”
His physical attributes
He had the most radiant colouring, deep black eyes which were wide set and had a sort of red tint to them, long eyelashes, a bright complexion, an aquiline nose and a gap between his front teeth. His face was round with a wide brow and he had a thick beard which reached his chest. His chest and abdomen were of equal size. He had a broad shoulder and chest. He had large bones, large arms, thick palms (which were soft as silk and emanated fragrance) and soles, long fingers, fair skin and fine hair from the chest to the navel. He was neither too tall nor too short. No tall person who walked beside the Prophet seemed taller than him. He had teeth as white as hail stones and a compact body.
Abu Hurayra said, “I have not seen anything more beautiful than the Messenger of Allah. It was as if the sun was shining in his face. When he laughed it reflected from the wall.” Umm Ma’bad said, “From afar, he was the most beautiful of people, and close up he was the most handsome.” ‘Ali said, “Anyone who saw him suddenly was filled with awe of him. Those who kept his company loved him.”
He was revered and loved by his companions more than kings are revered and loved by their subjects such that when he spoke all his companions bowed still in silence that a bird can perch on their heads. His companions kissed his hands and feet and would sacrifice their lives for him. After his passing from this life, one of his closest companions Sayidina Abu Bakr As-Siddiq radiyallahuanhu would sob and cry at the very mention of his name due to the intense love and longing for him until some said that among the cause for Abu Bakr’s demise was his intense longing for the Messenger of Allah.
If Allah Wills, we shall go on into other aspects of his person pbuh in the coming posts. Here is a lecture from a scholar who has a light, a nur of the Messenger (pbuh) with him. May we derive benefit from it. Amin