Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam)’s description,
condensed from the Ahaadeeth of Shamaa`il Tirmizi
Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) was very handsome.
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) said: ‘Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) was so clean, clear, beautiful and handsome, as though his body was covered and moulded in silver. His Mubarak hair was slightly curled.’
He was neither tall nor was he short. He was of medium stature, but slightly taller.
It was a Mu`jizah that he appeared the tallest when he stood up in a group.
In the manner that no one had reached a higher status than Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) in all respects, even in his physical appearance. There is no one that could excel him.
His complexion was white with redness in it (in which beauty and brightness were overwhelming).
He had a radiant and light colour, which was slightly wheat-coloured.
His Mubarak face shone like the full moon. (His face was illuminated, more luminous than even the full moon on the 14th night. This description is given as a comparison, otherwise even a thousand moons cannot give the brightness of Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam)).
His hair was neither very straight nor very curly (but slightly wavy).
At the time of his passing away, there was not more than 20 white hair on his mubaarak head and beard.
He did not have a big body nor a round face, but his Mubarak face was slightly round (he did not have a fully round face nor a fully elongated face, but in between the two).
His head was moderately large.
He had a wide forehead.
His Mubarak eyes were extremely black. There were red lines in the whiteness of his eyes.
His eyelashes were long.
He had dense and fine hair on his eye brows. Both eye brows were separate and did not meet each other in the middle. There was a vein between them which used to expand when he became angry.
His nose was prominent and had a Noor and lustre on it.
His Mubarak beard was full and dense.
His cheeks were smooth and full of flesh.
The mubarak mouth was moderately wide. (It is desirable for Arab men to have wide mouths. According to some, a wide mouth means eloquence (fluency of language)).
His mubarak teeth were thin and bright. The front teeth had a slight space between them. When Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) spoke, a Noor emitting from his Mubarak teeth could be seen.
His Mubarak neck was beautiful and thin, like the neck of a statue which had been shaved clean, the colour of which was clear, shining and beautiful like silver.
All the parts of his Mubarak body were of a moderate size, and fully fleshed. His body was proportionately jointed.
The bones of his joints were strong and large (denoting strength).
The joints of the body (e.g. elbows, knees, etc.) were large; likewise the portion between the two shoulders was broad and fully fleshed.
His Mubarak chest and stomach were in line, but his chest was broad and wide. The space between his shoulders was wide (i.e. he had broad shoulders).
He had a thin line of hair running from the chest to the navel. Neither the chest nor the stomach had other hair on it.
There was no hair (more than normal) on his body. He did not have hair on the other parts of his body, besides places like the arms and legs.
His forearm was long and palms were wide.
The palms and both feet were fully fleshed.
The soles of both feet were fully fleshed (which is a praiseworthy quality in man, denoting strength and courage).
The soles of his feet were a bit deep. His feet were smooth, because of their cleanliness and smoothness, water did not remain there, but flowed away quickly.
The fingers and toes were moderately long.
His body was bright and had a lustre.