From a distance you would notice his eyes – piercing, brilliant and engaging.
The choicest Praise and Mercy of Allāh be upon him.
He is Muhammed, the Praised one
He is Ahmed, the greatest in Praise of Allāh.
Al-Mustapha, the Divinely Chosen.
I love him, O Allāh, I love him, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
In a world of distortion, where truth is overcome by fiction, the full moon rises. Although obscured by shadows or an overcast sky, the moon remains. Similar is the fame and honour of Muhammed, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Of average height, he towers above the elite of history. He would stand fully erect without a lazy slump. He was powerful, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. His chest was broad with a dusting of hair that extended vertically in a thin line down to his flat stomach, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Any kind of hardships you can envision and pray to never face was shouldered by him, sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
He experienced in his 63 years of blessed life more tirbulation than one could ever imagine, yet he was as pleasant and as good looking as one could think of.
He, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, was an orphan, a widower, battle scarred, and unjustly outcast. He outlived many of his children and buried some of his grandchildren. His uncle Hamza, may Allah be pleased with him, was martyred and his body was desecrated.
He, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, was defamed, mocked, lied to and lied about. He was poisoned, stoned, and had to witness his companions tortured on account of their faith in his Message. “Sabraan! Remain steadfast in patience, O Family of Yasser! your destination is Paradise”.
His teaching was simple. Allāh, the All Mighty, is the only One deserving of worship and devotion. All that we encounter is by His Command. No harm can befall us without His Permission.
His hair, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, was black and wavy. He liked to keep it longer in length, usually not past his earlobes. It contained a few grey strands, about 2O in number.
With dark irises he could, by Divine Permission, view a world that was unseen.
He had long, dark eyelashes that from a distance could be mistaken for kuhl.
His eyes would sleep but his heart would be awake. His eyes never betrayed or invited treachery, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
The weakest, poorest and socially downtrodden would access him as readily as the chieftains. He sheltered the needy, fed the hungry, protected the vulnerable, guarded the secrets and instructed the uninformed.
He, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, was calm when others were agitated, loving when others were filled with hate, and polite when shown contempt.
He, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, had the highest standard of character and the spring of Divinely ordained etiquette.
His skin was soft and naturally fragrant. His blessed hands were softer than silk and gave off the scent of aromatic musk. He was of fair complex. He was not dark, nor was he pale. He was blessed with the seal of prophethood between his shoulder blades.
He was proportional in all respects, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. In his prayer, he found comfort and pleasure. His beautiful voice quivered in awe of the All Mighty.
When leading others, he would, for the most part, recite from al-Qisar (the short chapters). If he heard a child crying, he would cut the recitation short to relieve the parent of any distress.
His grandchildren would ride on top of his back during his prostration, and he would not move until they felt content.
When alone at night, he would stand in prayers. He would remain vigilant for half the night, sometimes more, sometimes less. When he recited a passage addressing Allāh’s Divine Mercy, he would stop and ask for it. If one of torment, he would seek protection from it, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
His face was manifest beauty. His eyes were well set apart and covered by full brows. They were not sunk into his face or overtly protruding. His mouth smelled sweet, and his teeth were always clean and white.
His saliva was a medicine and a blessing, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. It proved to be a cure for Abu bakr’s snakebite in the cave of thawr. It increased the food in jabir’s pot at the time of khandaq. It brought blessing in the little water, from which one thousand drank and did wudhu.
He had a full, dark beard that covered his chest. His smile was radiant, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He was soft spoken except when he sermonised on Friday. His voice was melodious and captivating.
He spoke only when necessary and refrained from idle chit-chat. He was true to his words. He loved to listen and would ask questions of those whom he instructed. He was modest and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. He smiled often, he never laughed loudly.
When he was displeased, it could be gauged from his modest appearance. He never raised his hand against another living creature except during Divinely ordained battle. He was courageous and would lead from the forefront. He stood in the ranks of his soldiers and faced the hardship they endured. He ate what they ate, slept where they slept and dressed as they dressed. He had a personality and presence which the world had never seen.
He, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, dressed similar to his compatriots. He never owned a throne or regal markings to distinguish himself from others.
He would walk without an escort and disliked sentries being placed to guard him. He preferred neutral shades of white, green and black to clothe himself with. When he ate, it was never to his fill, and he always ate while sharing his food with others. He loved milk, dates and honey. His favourite dish was thareed – pieces of bread mixed in curry; easy to eat, less time consuming and tasty.
He, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, cared for the earth and despised wastefulness and corruption. He loved animals and instructed his companions to show kindness to them. When a camel wept, he stroked it and spoke to it in hushed tones. When the tree whimpered, he paused his sermon and embraced its trunk, whispering to it soothing words of comfort.
He loved us so much, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He would think of those who would believe in him many generations after his generation and he would weep in longing to see them.
He loved us more than some care to consider. Every Messenger of God was allowed a request that would be answered by Allāh. All the Messengers utilised their invocation in the worldly life except for Muhammed, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He preserved his invocation to use it for intercession on the Day of Judgement.
None can truly claim faith until Muhammed, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is more dear to them than their parents, spouse and children.
To know him is to love him. To love him is to obey him.
If he, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, was to walk into your life now, what would he think? And How would you feel?
Think carefully! Discard the love of everyone besides him, obey him, and follow in his footsteps. May Allah give us all the ability to practice upon what we preach.
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