The Blessed Prophet ﷺ is a marvel without compare, a beauty of appearance matched by a wonderfully led life. Beyond reach it would be to eloquently describe the Prophet’s ﷺ flawless appearance and existence. As stated by Imam Qurtubi:
“The beauty of the appearance of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ did not fully transpire. Were the entirety of his beauties to be shown candidly, with all their reality, the Companions would not have had to power to gaze at him.” (1)
Indeed, even among those constantly by the side of the Blessed Prophet ﷺ, there were not many Companions who could stare at his beautiful appearance to their hearts content, held back by their sense of adab. It has even been narrated that all the Companions would habitually lower their gaze while conversing, apart from Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Omar, supposedly the only two to have ever made eye contact with the Prophet ﷺ; with glowing smiles they would stare at the Noble Messenger , who would amiably reciprocate. (Tirmdhi, Manaqib, 16/3668)
This is amply described, in his elderly years, by Amr ibn As ( رضي الله عنه), who made his mark in history as the Conqueror of Egypt:
“Though I spent a lot of time next to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, the shyness I was overcome with in his presence and the immense feeling of reverence deep inside always prevented me from lifting my head and staring at his sacred and beautiful face to my heart’s pleasure. If they were to ask me, right now, to describe the appearance of the Messenger of Allah, believe me, I could not.” (Muslim, Iman, 192)(2)
Intimating dependability and trust to those around, the Prophet’s ﷺ face was the cleanest and most handsome of all. Upon hearing of his arrival in Medina, the curious Abdullah ibn Salam, then a Jewish scholar, visited the Prophet ﷺ, and after a fleeting look at his countenance, remarked:
“Such a face can never lie”, and immediately became a Muslim there and then. (Tirmidhi, Qiyamah, 42/2485; Ahmad, V, 451)
Endowed with an immense degree of beauty, awe inspiring majesty and a dazzling elegance, he really needed neither an extra proof, nor a miracle to prove the truth of him being the Prophet of Allah.
Whenever the Blessed Prophet ﷺ was displeasured, and likewise whenever he was pleased, one could immediately see it in his expression.
His ﷺ pure body had embodied an intense vigor, a strong sense of haya and a rigorous determination. As for the depth of the sensitivity of his heart, it is impossible to articulate.
A lovely light radiated from his ﷺ face; there was a graceful flow in his speech, elegance in his every move, an extraordi- nary power of expression, and a supreme eloquence in every word that spilled from his tongue.