Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) was of a height a
little above the average. He was of sturdy build with long muscular limbs and
tapering fingers. The hair of his head was long and thick with some waves in
them. His forehead was large and prominent, his eyelashes were long and thick,
his nose was sloping, his mouth was somewhat large and his teeth were well set.
His cheeks were spare and he had a pleasant smile. His eyes were large and black
with a touch of brown. His beard was thick and at the time of his death, he had
seventeen grey hairs in it. He had a thin line of fine hair over his neck and
chest. He was fair of complexion and altogether was so handsome that Abu Bakr
composed this couplet about him:
"As there is no darkness in the
moonlit night so is Mustafa, the well-wisher, bright."
His gait was firm and he walked so
fast that others found it difficult to keep pace with him. His face was genial
but at times, when he was deep in thought, there there were long periods of
silence, yet he always kept himself busy with something. He did not speak
unnecessarily and what he said was always to the point and without any padding.
At times he would make his meaning clear by slowly repeating what he had said.
His laugh was mostly a smile. He kept his feelings under firm control - when
annoyed, he would turn aside or keep silent, when pleased he would lower his
His dress generally consisted of a
shirt, tamad (trousers), a sheet thrown round the shoulders and a turban. On
rare occasions, he would put on costly robes presented to him by foreign
emissaries in the later part of his life. [Ahmed, Musnad, Hafiz Bin Qayyim]
His blanket had several patches. [Tirmidhi]
He had very few spare clothes, but he kept them spotlessly clean. [Bukhari] He
wanted others also to put on simple but clean clothes. Once he saw a person
putting on dirty clothes and remarked,
can't this man wash them." [Abu Dawood]
On another occasion he enquired of a
person in dirty clothes whether he had any income. Upon getting a reply in the
affirmative, he observed,
Allah has blessed you with His bounty, your appearance should reflect it."
He used to observe:
"Cleanliness is piety."