Loftiest Values of Prophet Muhammad’s Attributes

Having dealt with the noble civilized values of Prophet Muhammad’ s (PBUH) polygamy and jihad(1) in the cause of Allah(2), we are going to touch upon some of his noble attributes in order to highlight the unique-ness of both his morals and physique. Although we cannot embrace all the aspects in this regard, we will mention some of the testaments of those who dealt with him (PBUH) and who were more than ready to die to pro-tect him (PBUH).

First Aspect

Smart and Well-Groomed

The believers and unbelievers who saw Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) were unanimous agreed that he had the best attributes and that he (PBUH) was unique and approached the level of human perfection.

Ali ibn Abi Talib’s (may Allah be pleased with him) description of Allah’s Prophet – peace and blessings be upon him –“The Prophet was neither too tall nor too short, his hands and feet were slender, his head and bones were big, he had long hair line from his chest to his navel, he moved as if descending a slope. I have never seen before or after him anyone similar to him.

Umm Ma’bad’s description of Allah’s Prophet – Peace and blessings be upon him Umm Mabad Al-Khuzaiyyah was the best one ever to describe Allah’s Prophet . She described him to her husband: “He is bright, he has a good face, well-behaved, he is not defective with a large abdomen or a small head, he is a handsome man, the pupils of his eyes are very black, the hair of his eyelids is very long, there is Sahal in his voice (i.e. mild hoarseness), his neck is brilliant, there is Kathatha in his beard (i.e. much hair), he is black-eyed, his eyebrows are bent and very close to each other, his hair is very black, he is dignified when he is silent and he is splendid when he talks.

He is most beautiful and graceful one from a distance and the best one

when he is near, he is fluent, his speech looks like pearls, he has a medium height, he becomes the brightest and the most supreme one when he is between two persons, he always has companions who listen to him when he talks and obeys his orders when he asks them to do something, his companions accompany and serve him, he is not frowning, he does not talk in vain.”

Comparison between both Descriptions

Although both descriptions tried to provide the most exact image of the Prophet (PBUH) they have some differences due to the difference of pur-pose and contexts:Umm Ma’bad’s description has nothing to do with any religious belief in the Prophet (PBUH). Therefore it cannot be dubbed as exaggerated. The resemblance of her description to that of Ali (RA) renders the latter’s de-scription unexaggerated.Despite the idiosyncratic preferences of men and women in determining the criteria of smartness and tidiness, neither Umm Ma’bad nor Ali men-tioned a demerit in the Prophet (PBUH ).Umm Ma’bad’s description was during the Prophet’s (PBUH) escape from Makkah. He was afraid and apprehensive, hungry and thirsty; he was fifty-three years old at that time. However, her description does not differ from Ali’s who knew him while he (PBUH) was still young. This testifies to the consistence of the Prophet’s (PBUH) condition during all his life.The Prophet (PBUH) was always well-groomed and smart without exaggeration or asceticism. He always opted for the golden mean.

Taking care of his hair care of his hair:

Lady A’isha (may Allah be pleased with her) used to comb his (PBUH) hair while she was in her menses. She also tells us that the Prophet (PBUH) used to like to start from the right side on wearing shoes, combing his hair and cleaning or washing himself and on doing anything else. He was smart both within and without.

Description of his clothes of his clothes:

Lady Umm-Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) tells us that the best clothe for the Prophet (PBUH) was the shirt. Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) tells us that the Prophet (PBUH) used to wear hab-rah. Abu Juhaifah saw the Prophet (PBUH) in a red garment and his legs were bright. The Prophet (PBUH) recommended his Companions to wear white clothes and shroud the dead in them.

Type of his shoes and slippers:

The Prophet (PBUH) used different types of khuffs. Ibn ‘Abbas tells us that an-Najashi sent two pairs of simple black leather socks to the Prophet (PBUH). The Prophet (PBUH) wore them then did ablution.Type of his ring: Ibn ‘Omar (may Allah be pleased with him) tells us that the Prophet (PBUH) got a silver ring and stamped on it the expression “Muhammad, Prophet of Allah”.

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