How the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Really Looked


With all the drama going on with the pictures of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s) and the wikipedia incident, I figured why not just straight up  describe the true beauty and appearance through authentic hadiths. My boy Azeem Khan blogged about the wikipedia beef here, you can join that discussion if you wish. But I want to share the real description. To the right of this line is a picture, this is the Seal of our beloved Prophet, which was on his body and his official seal for his letters incase you didn’t know. Myself and others will agree that the description given to us from Sahih Hadiths are enough to love him, for how he looked and essentially how he was. Thank You Prophet Muhammad (s).org for hooking everyone up with this accurate info. 

His companions described the beauty of the Prophet (s) in these terms:

“The Prophet (s) had a most handsome constitution. Some gave the smile of his beauty to that of the full moon,His nose was thin, His face was smooth,His beard was thick,His neck was the most beautiful,If the rays of the sun fell on his neck, it appeared like a cup of silver mixed with gold. The place between his shoulders was wide.

Anas bin Malik (ra) says:

“The Messenger of Allah, was not excessively tall or short. He was not very pallid nor dark. He did not have curly hair or lank hair. Allah commissioned him at the age of forty. He stayed in Mecca ten years and at Medina for ten years and Allah the Mighty, the Majestic made him die when he was sixty. There were not twenty white hairs in his hair or beard, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

Anas bin Malik (ra) says:

“The Prophet (s) was neither tall nor short. He was handsome. His hair was neither delicate nor curly. He was neither very white, nor very brown.

Abu Huraira (ra) describes:

“The complexion of Rasulullah (s) was white with redness in it. The blessed eyes of Rasulullah (s) were extremely black. His eyelashes were long.

Umm Ma’bad (ra), who was known for her generosity, uprightness and courage, was visited by the Prophet (s) during the Prophet (s) migration from Mecca to Medina, but failed to recognize him. However, she described him to her husband, who recognized the Prophet (s) from her description:

“He was innocently bright and had a broad countenance. His manners were fine… He had black attractive eyes… His hair glossy and black, inclined to curl, he wore long. His voice was very commanding. His head was well formed and set on a slender neck. His expression was pensive and contemplative, serene and sublime. The stranger was fascinated from the distance, but no sooner he became intimate with him, than this fascination was changed into attachment and respect. His expression was very sweet and distinct. His speech was well set and free from the use of superfluous words, as if it were rosary of beads. His stature was neither too high nor too small. He was singularly bright and fresh.

He was always surrounded by his Companions. Whenever he uttered something, the listeners would hear him with rapt attention and whenever he issued a commandment, they vied with each other in carrying it out. He was a master and a commander. (Shaykh Safi ur-Rahmân al-Mubarakpoori, The Prophet’s Attributes and Manners From “The Sealed Nectar”, Islam’s Youth Voice)

Abu Huraira (ra) reports:

“I did not see anyone more handsome than Rasulullah (s). It was as if the brightness of the sun had shone from his blessed face. I did not see anyone walk faster than him, as is the earth folded for him. A few moments ago he would be here, and then there. We found it difficult to keep pace when we walked with him and he walked at his normal pace.”

“When he walked, he lifted his legs with vigour, leaned, slightly forward and placed his feet softly on the ground. He walked at a quick pace and took a rather long step. He did not take small steps. When he walked it seemed as if he was descending to a lower place. When he looked at something, he turned his whole body towards it. He always looked down. His blessed glance was focused more to the ground than towards the sky. His noble habit was to look at something with a slight glance. He made salaam (greeted) first to whomsoever he met.” (Shamaa-il Tirmidhi, Islamic Book Service Publications, New Delhi, 2000, p. 118)

Hassan (ra) says:

He had great qualities and attributes, others also held him in high esteem. His blessed face shone like the full moon. He was slightly taller than a man of middle height, but shorter than a tall person…His blessed hair was slightly twisted. If his hair became parted naturally in the middle he left it so, otherwise he did not habitually make an effort to part his hair in the middle. Rasulullah (s) had a very luminous complexion (color), and a wide forehead. His eye brows were of dense and fine hair

His neck was beautiful and thin, like the neck of a statue shaved clean, the color of which was clear, shining and beautiful like silver. All the parts of his body were of moderate size. His body was proportionately jointed.

“His forehead was wide and the place between his eyebrows was bright like pure silver and eye-balls were black tinged with reddish hue. The hairs of his eye lashes were profuse, When he smiled or laughed, they (his teeth) shone like lightning. His lip was most beautiful,His beard was thick,His neck was most beautiful, neither long, nor short. If the rays of the sun fell on his neck, it appeared like a cup of silver mixed with gold. His chest was broad. It was even like a mirror and white like the moon light,His shoulders were wide. His palms were softer than wool.

Oh and my favorite Hadith’s

According to the hadith narrated by one of the companions of the Prophet (s), the Prophet (s) told his Companions, when they were traveling to meet some brothers in faith:

“You are going to visit your brothers, so repair your saddles and make sure that you are dressed well, so that you will stand out among people like an adornment, for Allah does not love ugliness”( Sunan Abu Dawud, Volume 4, Number 83)

Subhanullah, Now that’s the description of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s), Don’t get it twisted for all you haters out there.

And remember you can fall in love with someone by their beauty, it happens at first sight, and in return the heart develops love. Allah loves beauty, thats why all the Prophets (peace and blessings be upon him) were beautiful. With regard to Prophet Yusuf and the Question whether he was more beautiful than Prophet Muhammad (s)… Shaykh Abdul-Karim Yahya from Sunnipath mentions

” According to Imam al-Bajouri (Allah have mercy on him) our scholars have explicitly stated that it is from the perfection of faith to believe that no human’s body had the combination of beautiful features that were combined in the body of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace). He proceeded to say, “Even with this, his complete beauty did not manifest, otherwise eyes would not have been able bear the sight of him.” Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him.

Alright Wasalaam, That’s just his beauty, now think about his character also, that should certainly shake your heart.

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14 Responses to How the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Really Looked

  1. February 26, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah

    I pray that you are in the best of health & imaan.

    This is a short message to notify you that this entry has been selected for publishing on IJTEMA, a venture to highlight the best of the Muslim blogosphere. Please visit the site to find out more about our initiative.

    May Allah bless you for your noble efforts.


  2. justanothersis February 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    mashallah, yet another post to hit the mark.

    Jazakallah khayr. Beautiful post about the most beautiful of creation, Our Beloved.

  3. a May 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    Assalaamu alaikum,

    Can you please post another link to the Shaykh Hamza Yusaf lecture because the one you provided has been removed. JazakAllah khair!

  4. muslimah May 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    SubhanAllah that really gave me chills. Awesome entry!

  5. Desiree January 25, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    How I wish the beloved propher was still alive today – then I would find him and I would stab the bastard to death.

    • Humaira February 17, 2011 at 8:33 am #

      What a stupid and ignorant thing to say. You should do some research before you open your mouth.

    • Imran M September 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      how dare you write that about the prophet do you have no respect

  6. gazzali April 2, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    How nice if we can see Prophet Muhammad sallahu alaihi wasalam in person :) Good post.

  7. Ken Lyneham July 8, 2011 at 3:01 am #

    Muhammad was a complex person After his first revelation, his prime purpose in life was to unify tha Arabic nations or clans. Sadly they are little more united now, than they were before Islam.

    Aisha is considered the favourite wife, how this is acheived is beyond me. His first wife, Khadija and he were together for about 23 yrs, his line is decended only through her and he had no other wife or concubine, and this was considered very unusual. After he married 9 yr old Aisha he had as many as 10 or 12 more wives and a lot of concubines so calling her a favourite wife, has to be a cultural thing. The only difference between Aisha and all the others is that she was the only virgin. For anyone with an ounce of logic that would tell you that to marry a non-virgin is a good and prefered thing, if you go by the choices of Muhammad.

  8. Imran M September 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Wow, certainly there are no words……… sometimes in life certain things awaken the heart and reading this has surely bought tears to my eyes

    May Peace and Blessings be upon him S.A.W

  9. waqar September 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    mere aqa k her her ada p lakho salam
    Mustafa jahane rahmat p lakho salam


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