I was once asked by a fellow non-Muslim to describe Prophet Muhammad in a short article, he said, “Try to give me a summarized but comprehensive description of the man.” I agreed and tried to summarize what Prophet Muhammad’s companions said about the man they believed in, lived with, followed, and loved more than their own parents, children, or even themselves. For Muslims, Prophet Muhammad was not just a messenger from Allah, but he was the preacher of all preachers, the monk of all monks, the best husband, father, companion and friend. He was, still is, and will always be our paragon of virtue. Let’s get a portrayal of this conqueror of hearts who single-handedly changed the shape of the world.
There was no one more handsome than the Prophet P.B.U.H., he had the most shining cuticle as if the sun runs in his face; whenever he smiled, sparkles almost reflected on all surroundings. His face was a little rounded with smooth plain cheeks, white with a red tinge. His hair was extremely black, neither straight nor curly, and his forelocks reached his earlobes. He had big beautiful eyes, with dark colored long eyelashes. He had a wide bone structure with broad shoulders. He was neither fat nor skinny, of moderate height among the people, but to the tall ones closer.
He was the best in conduct, most generous, most auspicious boding well, most truthful, most easy going, best companion, and most courageous among all people. At first sight, one would fear his solemnity, but loves him when he gets to know him. It’s quiet often to read his describer saying: “I’ve never seen anyone of his like, neither before him nor after him.”
He never spoke in narrations like that of ours, but his speech was always plain and clear with separate sentences that could be memorized by the listeners. He never talked to anyone except smiling in his face. “I never saw anyone more cheerful than the Prophet P.B.U.H.,” was usually how his companions described him. He was the most pleasant and simple-hearted among all people. Whenever he was pleased with something, his face shined like the full moon. His hospitality and generosity were matchless. His gifts and endowments manifested a man who does not fear poverty.
He always joined in household work, and would at times mend his clothes, repair his footwear, and sweep the floor. He would milk, tether and feed the animals, and do the household shopping. He was always cheerful, pleasant-tempered and lenient. His broad-mindedness and tolerance embraced all of his students and entitled him to be regarded as a father for them all. He was willingly and modestly obeyed by everyone. For him, all people were equal. No one was better than another except on the criterion of piety. A favored one to him was the most pious.
His assembly was a meeting of clemency, patience, and honesty. Voices were never raised in rows or riots. He always esteemed the old, reflected mercy on the young, assisted the needy, and entertained his guests.
He always walked in solemnity. He was always modest and most shy. He was the first to cast his eyes down. He never stared at anybody’s face. He always lowered his looks. He looked ground-wards more than he looked skywards. His utmost looks at people were glances. He was the most beloved person to all of his companions; whenever they saw him approaching, they wouldn’t get up in his honor only because they knew how much he hated that.
The following is a tiny portion of Prophet Muhammad’s recorded teachings:
“The one who strives on taking care of widows and the needy is like him who is serving Allah.”
“Always Show gentleness, for if gentleness is found in anything, it beautifies it, and when it is taken out from anything, it spoils it.”
“Never turn away any needy beggar from your doorstep empty-handed even if you have nothing but half a dried date. Love the poor, bring them near to you, and Allah shall bring you near to Him on the Resurrection Day.”
“Seek me among your weak ones, for you are given sustenance only by reason of their presence.”
“Spend in charity and don’t fear diminution.”
“No wealth is ever decreased by alms, and Allah never enriches the one who forgives except with glory, and no one ever acts humbly except that Allah honors him.”
“Those who are merciful are treated mercifully by the All-Merciful. So be merciful to those on earth, and you shall receive mercy by the One in heavens.”
“Follow the bad deed with a good one, and it shall erase it; and treat people with good manners. The best among you are those with best manners.”
“Renounce the worldly pleasures, Allah will love you, and forsake seeking after the likes of what people have, and they will love you.”
“Maintain relations with those who have broken off relations with you, feed those who have deprived you, and pardon those who have oppressed you.”
“Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. Do not look for other people’s faults and do not spy. Do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert (cut your relation with) one another. Do not hate one another, and be like brothers.”
“Oh People, your Creator is one. There is neither superiority for a white man on a black one, nor for a black man on a white one except by piety.”
“Love for all people what you love for yourself. No one realizes the truth about faith except when he loves for all people what he loves for himself.”
“Children are Allah’s beloved.”
“To honor those who are old is to show glorification to Allah.”
“He is not one of us him who doesn’t respect our elders, show mercy to our children, enjoin what’s right, and forbid what’s harmful.”
Written By: Ehab Shawky.