Unparalleled beauty

Three particularities of Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

1. Allah bestowed His names upon Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

From among His names, Almighty Allah bestowed many names upon His Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. (Ash-Shifa, vol. 1, pp. 236)

Raees-ul-Mutakallimeen Maulana Naqi ‘Ali Khan رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه stated: From among His blessed names, Almighty Allah blessed any Prophet with one name and any other Prophet with two or three names. For instance, He blessed Isma’eel and Ishaq عَلَيْهِمَا السَّلَام with the names ‘Aleem and Haleem; Ibraheem عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام with Haleem; Nuh عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام with Shakoor; Musa عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام with Kareem; Yusuf عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام with Hafeez; Yahya and ‘Isa عَلَيْهِمَا السَّلَام with Ber [بَر]. And from among His blessed names, Almighty Allah bestowed 67 names upon the Beloved Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. (Those names are as follows)

(1) حَکِیْم (2) رَحِیْم (3) سَلَام (4) مُؤْمِن (5) مُھَیْمِن (6) عَزِیْز (7) جَبَّار (8) فَتَّاح (9) عَلِیْم (10) رَافِع (11) سَمِیْع (12) بَصِیْر (13) عَدْل (14) خَبِیْر (15) حَلِیْم (16) عَظِیْم (17) غَفُوْر (18) شَکُوْر (19) عَلِی (20) حَفِیْظ (21) حَبِیْب (22) کَرِیْم (23) رَقِیْب (24) مُجِیْب (25) وَاسِع (26) حَکَم (27) شَھِیْد (28) حَق (29) وَکِیْل (30) قَوِی (31) مَتِیْن (32) وَلِی (33) حَمِیْد (34) مَاجِد (35) اَوَّل (36) آخِر (37) ظَاھِر (38) بَاطِن (39) بَر (40) عَفُو (41) رَءُوْف (42) مُقْسِط (43) جَامِع (44) غَنِی (45) مُعْطِی (46) نُوْر (47) ھَادِی (48) رَشِیْد (49) صَبُوْر (50) قَائِم (51) حَافِظ (52) ذُوالْقُوَّۃ (53) ذُوالْفَضْل (54) کَفِیْل (55) شَاکِر (56) قَرِیْب (57) مُبِیْن (58) بُرْھَان (59) مُنِیْب (60) کَافِی (61) عَالِم (62) نَصِیْر (63) صَادِق (64) اَحَد (65) مُنِیْر (66) وَافِی (67) اَکْرَم

How many of His names has Allah bestowed upon Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم?

O devotees of Rasool! Islamic scholars have given different verdicts on the total number of names bestowed upon the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم by Almighty Allah from among His blessed and beloved names, i.e. Asma-ul-Husna [اَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنٰی]. Raees-ul-Mutakallimeen Maulana Naqi ‘Ali Khan رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has listed sixty seven names, whereas Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has agreed on the verdict of the bestowment of seventy names. (Unmoozaj-ul-Labeeb, pp. 28)

Shaykh ‘Abdul Kareem Jeeli Shaafi’i Yemani رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه wrote a book ‘اَلْکَمَالَاتُ الْاِلٰھِیَّةِ فِی الصِّفَاتِ الْمُحَمَّدِیَّةِ’ in which  he proved that many names of Gracious Allah have been granted to the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. From among these names of Gracious Allah, Imam Yusuf Bin Isma’eel Nabhaani رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه narrated ninety nine names for the Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم with proofs. (Jawahir-ul-Bahaar, vol. 1, pp. 275)

Khauf hay ger kuch rauz-e-Jaza ka dil pay jama ker naam Khuda ka

Wird karo asma-e-Muhammad ‘صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم

2. Blessed saliva worked like curing water

By means of the blessed saliva of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, physical and spiritual diseases used to be cured. (Zurqaani ‘alal Mawahib, vol. 5, pp. 288)

Dear Islamic brothers! There are many parables of sufferings being eliminated and problems being solved by the blessing of the saliva of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Mentioned here is a parable in this regard:

Threading the needle at the age of 80

The eyes of Sayyiduna Fudaik رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ turned white as a result of placing his foot onto the eggs of a snake. He was unable to see anything. The Revered and Renowned Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم put his blessed saliva into the eyes of Sayyiduna Fudaik رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ, so he رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ regained his eyesight instantly and was able enough to see everything. The narrator stated: I saw that (by the blessing of the saliva of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم) Sayyiduna Fudaik رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ used to thread the needle at the age of eighty years. (Kanz-ul-‘Ummal, vol. 6, pp. 168, Hadees 35381; Naseem-ur-Riyad, vol. 4, pp. 86)

Jis kay paani say shadab jan-o-jina

Us dahan ki tarawat pay lakhaun salam

3. Most handsome and beautiful personality

Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه narrated: Sayyiduna Yusuf عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام was the most beautiful among all Prophets and in entire creation but our Beloved and Blessed Prophet Muhammad Mustafa صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has been blessed with such beauty that no one else has been blessed with. Sayyiduna Yusuf عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام has been blessed with half part of beauty but Muhammad Mustafa صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has been blessed with all beauty. (Khasaais-ul-Kubra, vol. 2, pp. 309)

Jo daykhayn Hazrat-e-Yusuf jamal-e-Sayyid-e-‘Aalam

To fermayain qasam Haq ki malahat is ko kehtay hayn

Entire beauty not shown

Imam Qurtubi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه stated: The beauty of the Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has not been completely shown to us [i.e. some part of it has been shown]. If it had been completely shown to us, we would not have been able to behold it. (Sharh-uz-Zurqaani, vol. 7, pp. 94)

Ik jhalak daykhnay ki taab nahin ‘aalam ko

Woh ager jalwah karayn kaun tamashayi ho

More beautiful than moon

Sayyiduna Jabir Bin Samurah رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ stated: In a moonlit night, I saw the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in red-[striped] clothing. Sometimes, I looked at the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and sometimes at the moon. To me, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was more beautiful than the moon. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 370, Hadees 2820; Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 8, pp. 60)

Teerah-e-dil ko jalwah-e-mah-e-Arab derkar hay

Chodhween kay chand! Tayri chandni achchi nahin

Better than moon

O devotees of Rasool! In view of this narration, ‘Allamah ‘Ali Bin Sultan Qari رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has addressed some points, describing that the Moon of Madinah صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is superior to the moon of the sky. Those faith-refreshing points have been described here with some detail in my own words:

1     The moon of the sky brightens only the world but the Moon of Madinah صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم brightens not only the world but also the hearts of people.

2     The light of the moon of the sky is derived from that of the sun but the Noor of the Moon of Madinah صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is not obtained from anyone in creation.

3     The light of the moon of the sky does not shine at afternoon but the Noor of the Moon of Madinah صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم shines all the time whether day or night.

4     The moon of the sky continues to wax and wane and is also eclipsed and it also sets but the Moon of Madinah صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم neither sets nor sinks.

Having addressed these points, ‘Allamah ‘Ali Qari رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه further stated: These points show that the Moon of Madinah صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has been blessed with such qualities and attributes in a huge number which the moon of the sky is deprived of. (Jam’-ul-Wasail fi Sharh-ish-Shumaail, pp. 56)

Khursheed tha kis zor per kya berh kay chamka tha qamar

Bay pardah jab woh rukh huwa yeh bhi nahin woh bhi nahin

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Unparalleled beauty

When the blessed birth of the Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم took place in the world, Sayyidatuna Haleemah Sa’diyah رَضِیَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهَا came respectfully. Wrapped up in a brilliant white piece of woollen cloth, the Greatest and Noblest Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was resting on green-coloured silk bedding. Sayyidatuna Haleemah Sa’diyah رَضِیَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهَا gently placed her hand onto the blessed chest of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, so he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم smiled and opened his blessed eyes. A Noor emanated from his blessed eyes and reached the high sky. (Hujjatullahi ‘alal ‘Aalameen, pp. 190)

O devotees of Rasool! Our Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم never laughed aloud but rather he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم smiled. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 4, pp. 42, summarised)

The mother of believers Sayyidatuna ‘Aishah Siddiqah رَضِیَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهَا stated: I never saw the Greatest and Noblest Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم laugh in such a way that I could see his blessed throat. He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would only smile. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 3, pp. 325, Hadees 4828)

Imam Muhammad Bin Yusuf Saalehi Shaami رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه stated: One of the blessed names of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم described in the blessed Torah is ‘اَحْمَدُ الضَّحُوْک’ which means (the one with a smiling face, i.e. one who often smiles). (Subul-ul-Huda war-Rashaad, vol. 7, pp. 124)

On many occasions, blessed companions رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُم saw the Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم smile. Therefore, following in his example, blessed companions also smiled. Regarding Sayyiduna Abu Darda رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ, his respectable wife Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Darda رَضِیَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهَا stated that he would smile when saying anything. She asked him about it, so he replied that he had seen that the Greatest and Noblest Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would keep smiling during conversation. (Makarim-ul-Akhlaq lit-Tabarani, pp. 319, Raqm 21)

Six sayings and parables of blessed companions

1 Sayyiduna Jareer رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ narrated: Whenever the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم saw me, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would smile. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 2, pp. 320, Hadees 3035)

2 Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin Haris Bin Jaz [جَزْء] رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ stated: I have not seen anyone who smiles more than the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. (Tirmizi, vol. 5, pp. 366, Hadees 3661)

3 Sayyiduna Abu Zar رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ narrated that the Revered and Renowned Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم stated: I know the man who will be the first to enter Paradise and I also know the man who will be the last to be brought out of Hell. On the Day of Judgement, a man will be grabbed and brought. Angels will be asked to present his minor sins to him first and hide his major sins. Then, he will be asked, ‘Have you committed these sins?’ He will admit and will not refuse. And, he will fear from major sins (i.e. he will be thinking as to what will happen to him if his major sins are presented). After his confession of those minor sins, angels will be told ‘اُعْطُوْہُ مَکَانَ کُلِّ السَّیِّئَةِ عَمِلَھَا حَسَنَةً’ i.e. bless him with a virtue in return for every sin he has committed.’ He will respectfully say: O my Lord! I have also committed such sins which I do not see here (i.e. noticing this great grace of Almighty Allah, he will call out, ‘O my Lord! I do not see my major sins here. They should also be brought and I should be blessed with great virtues in return for them as well. O Lord! I have committed countless sins; please forgive me without accountability’). (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 452)

Sayyiduna Abu Zar رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ stated: I saw that the Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم smiled broadly and heartily until his blessed teeth became prominent. (Subul-ul-Huda war-Rashaad, vol. 7, pp. 122)

4 Sayyiduna Abu Zar رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ stated: Once the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was present. Two goats were hitting each other with horns. One of them hit the other which fell down. Seeing this, the Greatest Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم smiled. He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was asked why he had smiled, so he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘I am surprised at this goat. By the One under Whose power my life is! On the Day of Judgement, this will certainly be avenged.’ (Musnad Imam Ahmad, vol. 8, pp. 120, Hadees 21567)

5 Sayyiduna Imam Zuhri رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه narrated that the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said to Sayyiduna Hassaan Bin Saabit رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ, ‘Have you said something in praise of Abu Bakr?’ He respectfully replied, ‘Yes’. He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘Say, I am listening.’ So, Sayyiduna Hassaan رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ recited these couplets:

وَثَانِیَ اثْنَیْنِ فِی الْغَارِ الْمُنِیْفِ وَقَدْ طَافَ الْعَدُوُّ بِەٖ اِذْ صَعِدَ الْجَبَلَا

وَکَانَ حُبَّ رَسُوْلِ اللّٰەِ قَدْ عَلِمُوْا                 مِنَ الْبَرِیَّةِ لَمْ یَعْدِلْ بِەٖ رَجُلَا

Translation: And the second of the two (i.e. Sayyiduna Abu Bakr) climbed the mountain and stayed in the great cave when the enemies had surrounded him. And he (i.e. Sayyiduna Abu Bakr) was the beloved to Holy Nabi صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. People know that no one is his equal.

The narrator said that the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم smiled to such an extent that his molars appeared. And, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘Hassaan! You have told the truth. He is the sort of person as you have told.’ (Tabqat Ibn Sa’d, vol. 3, pp. 129)

6 Sayyiduna Suhayb رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ stated: I went to the court of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم (at the place of Quba on the occasion of migration.) In front of him were loaves of breads and dates. He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said to me, ‘Come near, eat.’ I began to eat, so he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘You are eating dates despite having infection in an eye.’ I respectfully replied, ‘I am eating from the other side.’ Hearing this, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم smiled. (Ibn Majah, vol. 4, pp. 91, Hadees 3443)

Dear Islamic brothers! The above narrations show that the Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم often smiled, comforting and solacing the grief-stricken, the helpless and the miserable ones. Those crying and shedding tears derived pleasure from his smile, forgetting their grief and sorrow. Therefore, we should also get into the habit of smiling from time to time on appropriate occasions with the intention of acting upon the Sunnah. Not only will we get comfort but will also gain reward if we smile with the intention of acting upon Sunnah.

May Gracious Allah grant us the ability to act upon this blessed practice of His Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم!

اٰمِيۡن   بِجَاهِ   النَّبِيِّ  الۡاَمِيۡن   صَلَّى  اللّٰهُ  عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

Jis ki taskeen say rotay huway hans parayn

Us tabassum ki ‘aadat pay lakhaun salam

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