Chapter on the Noble Features of Rasulallah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Salam Part Two


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باب ما جاء في خلقه صلى الله عليه و سلم 

عن جابر بن سمرة يقول: رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم في ليلة إضحيان وعليه حلة حمراء فجعلت أنظر إليه و إلى القمر فلهو عندي أحسن من القمر.

(حديث صحيح)

Chapter on the noble features of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayi wa salam)

It is related from Jaabir Radiyallahu ‘Anhu that he said: “I once saw
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) on the night of a full moon. On
that night he wore red clothing (hullatun). At times I looked at the full moon, and
at times at Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam). Ultimately I came to
the conclusion that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) was more
handsome, beautiful and radiant than the full moon”.

(Hadith Saheeh)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam)’s beauty was very often compared to the full moon. More than just a few companions would express their captivation by describing him in these terms. Ka’b radhiallahu ‘anh said, “When he (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) was pleased, his face would shine so bright that you would think it is a piece of the moon.” Abdullah ibn Salam, a Jew in Madinah, said, “When the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam)  arrived in Madinah, the people lost no time in arriving in his presence. I was amongst the people who had arrived to see him. When I looked with thoughtfulness at his radiant face, I realized with certainty that this is no face of a liar.”

2- What is meant by red clothing here is a suit of two Yemeni garments which are woven with red and black stripes, or red and green stripes. It is described as red because of the red stripes in it. It is the consensus of the scholars that it is permissible for men to wear red clothes if the red is mixed with another color. There are many saheeh ahadith that prove this.

3- The companions radhiallahu ‘anhum considered the moon to denote a serene type of beauty, and that is no surprise considering the desert environment they lived in. Their whole lives revolved around their tents, their cattle, the sky, and the earth!

This manifested even in their poetry; the Arab poet Zuhair bin Abi Salma in his famous poem said, “Were you other than a human being, you would be the brightness on the night of a full moon.” Umar radhiallahu ‘anh said about this verse of poetry, “Thus was the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam).”

4– The believers will have this sort of radiant beauty on the day of Judgement; as described in a hadith about the effects of wudhu: Abi Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anh said, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, my followers  will be summoned Al-Ghurr Al-Muhajileen from the traces of wudhu.” (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)

Imam Nawwawi rahimahullah explains “Al-Ghurr Al-Muhajileen”: “The word “Ghurr” is the plural of “Agharr” which means shining or white. It is used for animals (like a horse), for example, a white mark on its face. Here, it refers to that radiance which will issue from the brows of the believers on the Day of Resurrection and which will make them prominent. Muhajjalun is from Tahjil which also means whiteness but it is used for that whiteness which is found on all the four or at least on three legs of a horse. Here, it refers to that light which will shine through the hands and feet of the believers because of their habit of performing Wudhu. This means that the believers among the Muslims will be distinguished from other communities by virtue of the radiance issuing from their faces, hands and feet on the Day of Resurrection in the same way that a horse with a white forehead is easily distinguished from other horses.”

5- As followers of Rasulallah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam), we pray to be united with him in the Akhirah. To put words into action, we follow his Sunnah adamently, and stay away from innovated matters because of the warning that has been given in this hadith and many more: Muslim narrated in his Saheeh  from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah came to a graveyard and said: “Peace be upon you, O habitation of believing people. We will join you soon, if Allah wills. Would that we had seen our brothers.”

They said, “Are we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allah?”

He said: “You are my companions. Our brothers are those who have not yet come.”

They said: “How will you recognize those among your ummah who have not yet come, O Messenger of Allah?”

He said: “If a man has a horse with a white blaze and white feet among horses that are all black, don’t you think that he will recognize his horse?”

They said: “Of course, O Messenger of Allah.”

He said: “They will come with white foreheads and white hands and feet because of wudhu. I will have reached the Cistern ahead of them and men will be driven away from my Cistern as stray camels are driven away. (I will say), ‘Let them come,’ and it will be said to me,’They changed after you were gone (innovated matters into the religion)’, so I will say, ‘Away with them!’” 

اللهم اسقنا من حوض النبي صلى الله عبيه و سلم شربة هنيئة مرئية لا نظمأ بعدها أبداً

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 -The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

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