Hilyah

All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Over 1400 years ago, in the lands of Arabia, people were drowning in ignorance, Corruption was spreading throughout the lands and immorality was the norm. During this time Allah swt through his infinite mercy and blessings sent to the people, Muhammad bin Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. This was a man who was born into the noblest and richest family of Arabia. Who could have had the riches of the world. Who could have ruled the lands. Yet he chose to live a life of simplicity and moderation. He was known as As-Sadiq Al-Ameen, Truthful and trustworthy. He helped those in need and earned his own living. At the age of 40, Allah swt blessed him with nabuwwah. Allah swt revealed to him the Qur’an and made him a means of guidance for the people of his time and the people after them. This was a man who was sent down as a mercy for us, as mentioned so beautifully in the Qur’an e Kareem. Allah swt, talking to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam says:-

و ما ارسلناك الا رحمت للعالمين

 “And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” (Surah Anbiya 21:107)

Then again, Allah swt mentions in Surah Ah’zaab (33:21)

لقد كان لكم في رسول اللہ اسوة حسنة

Definitely, for you in the Messenger of Allah is the best of examples…

And what a beautiful example Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam was for us. His character was the best of examples. His speech was the best of examples. His way of life was the best of examples.

We have heard many stories about his way of life but have we ever wondered what the Habeeb of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam looked like?

As if individual Ahadeeth are not enough to describe the magnificence of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, in the books of history, it has been mentioned that when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was travelling from Makkah Mukarramah to Madinah Munawwarah for Hijrah, on the way he stopped near a Bedouin woman’s tent. This woman’s name was Umme Ma’bad Al-khuza’iyah, who later accepted Islam together with her husband. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam asked her if she had any food or drink. She replied that she had nothing, for it had been a rainless season. There was a goat standing nearby about which she said that it was almost dry. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam asked permission if he could give it a try.

He supplicated to Allah swt and passed his Mubarak hand over its udder and its udder hung down as if it had never been dry. Then Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam began to milk the goat. He first passed the milk to Umme Ma’bad, and then he gave the milk to Abu Bakr (rd), then to Amir bin Fuhairah (rd), the servant of Abu Bakr (rd) and then to their guide Abdullah bin Uraiqit (rd) who was not yet a Muslim. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam then drank the milk himself. Thereafter he milked the goat once again, filled a container with the milk, gave it to Umme Ma’bad and then left.

Later that day Umme Ma’bad’s husband returns and he sees the milk and asks; where did this milk came from? Umme Ma’bad replied that a blessed man passed this way. He passed his hand over its udder and milk began to flow from it. Then she began to describe the prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam .

She says: I saw a young man who was totally pure and clean. His face was shining like the full moon on the fourteenth night. From head to toe, every part of him was elegant. His stomach was not bulging so that it loses its shape. Nor was it so flat that his magnificence seems somewhat less. He was very handsome. So handsome, that the eyes kept on turning towards him in wonder of his handsomeness. So handsome that each limb had a handsomeness of its own. He had large, attractive black eyes. Surma applied eyes with long eyelashes. His voice had dignity in it and it had a pull in it. It had magic in it and it had pleasantness it in.  It had a kind of song it in and it had melody it in. Such a voice, that it can pull at the heart. His neck was slender and long. His beard was thick and beautiful. He had curly hair that reached his ear lobes.

In other narrations it mentions his cheeks were perfect. Nor were they too high nor were they too shallow. He had a beautiful wide mouth with pink lips. His teeth were thin and bright and were so white that when he would smile it would seem a light is shining from his teeth. He had a gap between his front four teeth. His nose was prominent. When one first looked at him they would think he had a large nose but when looking carefully would realize the nose was not in fact large but the noor and beauty made it look large. He had dense, thin hairs on his eyebrows. Both his eyebrows were separate and did not meet each other in the middle. His complexion was neither too fair nor too dark. His stature was nor too high nor too low but when standing in a group he would appear to be the tallest and All in all on his head and beard when he passed away at the age of 63, he had fourteen to twenty white hairs.

This description seems almost poetic, something that every single one of us women would like our “knight in shining armour” to look like but we must remember that Allah swt created Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as the perfect human being.

Yes it is true Allah swt created all of us in the best of form as mentioned in the Qur’an:

لقد خلقنا الانسان في احسن تقويم

We have certainly created man in the best of stature; (Surah teen 95:4)

Nevertheless none of us will ever be as perfect as the Nabi of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Allah swt created Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as an example of his greatness. Through his mercy and blessings, we have been allowed to take a glimpse of his best creation. In truth no matter how much we try we will never be able to describe Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as he truly was. However, I would like to encourage each and every one of you to go and study the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam . Believe me! If his description left you in wonderment, his life will leave you in awe and admiration and the more you know, the more you will fall in love with man who sacrificed so much for us.

I’d like to leave you today with a description of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam by a professor of philosophy. He says:

The personality of Muhammad, it is most difficult to get into the whole truth of it. Only a glimpse of it can I catch. With dramatic succession of picturesque scenes! There is Muhammad, the Prophet. There is Muhammad, the warrior; Muhammad, the Businessman; Muhammad, the Statesman; Muhammad, the Reformer; Muhammad, the refuge of orphans; Muhammad, the protector of slaves; Muhammad, the Orator; Muhammad, the Emancipator of women; Muhammad, the judge; Muhammad, the saint. All in these magnificent roles, in all these departments of human activities, he is like a hero.

K.S. Ramakrishna Rao, Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam.

May Allah swt give us all the ability to strive in his path and make it easy for us to understand Deen through the sacrifices of his Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wasallam .

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit.

Ameen.

The Katibah.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. IsmailSatia
    Oct 21, 2015 @ 21:10:29

    Ma Sha Allah! Just beautiful…

    Liked by 1 person

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