Pen-Portrait of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

(as outlined in well-authenticated Books of the Traditions) [Taken from the ‘Encyclopedia of Islam’]

The Islamic Review (UK), January/February 1981 Issue (Vol. 1, Nos. 4–5, p. 14)

Height: Neither too tall nor too short; he was of medium stature.

Complexion: Fair. Parts of his body exposed to the air and sun, such as the face, neck, ears and hands, were reddish or tanned, while parts covered by his clothes were white in colour.

Hair: Curly and not hanging straight down, yet not too bushy; it is stated to have reached the lobes of his ears. The Prophet used to comb his hair, parting it in the middle of the head. In his beard and on his head there were only seventeen grey hairs, and never more than that. His beard was thick and not trimmed. His moustache he wore clipped.

Face: Neither long nor circular, but slightly rounded. His forehead was wide, and the eyebrows were thin and full. Between the eyebrows there was a silvery lustre.

The eyes of the Prophet were large and open, deep and dark with a tint of redness. His eyelashes were long and so thick that they looked as if they were about to meet.

His nose sloped downward in just proportion.

Teeth: A little interspaced, and white. His lips were beautiful and fascinating. His cheeks were firm rather than soft.

His neck was neither long nor short.

His breast, free from all malice, was broad and no part of it seemed more prominent than the rest.

Shoulders: Broad and overgrown with hair.

Both his hands and his arms were fleshy, his wrists long and his palms broad.

His feet were wide set. His thighs and calves were fleshy.

His body was moderately stout, and even in his old age it remained muscular and sinewy.

His gait was firm; his step steadfast. In walking he leaned forward and kept his paces close together.