Oftentimes, when we love someone, and our hearts are truly attached to that person, we want to know everything about them. It is not enough to just know about how they conducted their affairs or their character, but we have a desire to know them so well to almost be able to see them in front of us. Think of people who carry pictures of their loved ones, or wear their picture in a pendant around their necks. Think of children who’s fathers passed away before they even saw them, asking their mothers all sorts of questions; “How did he look like?” “What did he wear?” “How did he laugh?” It gives a face to all the wonderful things we know.
“The Prophet of God ﷺ was of mighty significance to God, and profoundly honored among the people. His face radiated light like the moon on its fullest night. He was a bit taller than the medium stature and a bit shorter than the tall and skinny. His head was large. His hair was wavy. If his hair parted, he would leave it parted, if not he would leave it, and it would not be long enough to pass his earlobes. His complexion was fair. He had a wide forehead, arched, thick eyebrows with a space between them. There was a vein between them that would swell and pulse when he was angry. His nose was aquiline; it had a brightness about the upper part that led those who were less observant to think him haughty. He had a thick beard. His eyes were very black and the whites very white. His cheeks were not prominent, he had a full mouth. His teeth were white and there was a space between his front teeth… Most of his laughing was as smiling; when he did laugh, it was not loud, and he would show his teeth a bit like they were hailstones.”(Tirmidhi)
Ali ibn Abi Taleb (ra) also described the Prophet’s ﷺ face, stating “His face was not narrow, nor was it fully round, but there was a roundness to it. His skin was fair. His eyes were black. He had long eyelashes. He was big-boned and had wide shoulders.” (Tirmidhi)
Ali (ra) also relates that everyone who saw him was in awe of him. He says “I did not see anyone like him neither before him, nor after him.” (Tirmidhi) Sometimes it is possible to glimpse some of a person’s character from their face, and Abdullah Ibn Salaam, who was a former Jew, did. He said ”When I came to see him [the Prophet ﷺ] I kept gazing at his face and I just knew that this person could not be a liar; his face suggested honesty, which was why I believed in him”. Jaabir (ra) said: “I once saw the Messenger of Allah ﷺ on the night of a full moon. On that night he wore red clothing. I looked at the full moon and I looked at the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. Ultimately I came to the conclusion that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was more handsome, beautiful and more radiant than the full moon.” (Tirmdhi)
After reading these descriptions, does our heart not yearn to be able to really see him? If even just a glimpse, maybe in a dream? The Prophet ﷺ said “He who has seen me in a dream, has seen the truth.” (Bukhari) Few people are as fortunate to be given this station of seeing the Prophet ﷺ in a dream, but may Allah make us of them. If we miss out on this in this life, we can strive to be of his companions in Paradise. But this will require us to have our hearts clinging on to Allah and His beloved, and learning all we can about our Prophet’s ﷺ attributes, so much so that we know him better than anyone else.
May our hearts be filled with love for Allah and His Messenger ﷺ, a true love that makes us want to follow him to be closer to Allah, and may Allah grant us Paradise with His Messenger ﷺ and the righteous. Ameen.