Traditions describing the Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ fashion sense, physical beauty and attributes – salutations and blessings be upon him

Image: The Holy Mantle belonging to the the Prophet ﷺ gifted by him to the poet Ka’b bin Zuhayr. The Holy Mantle is housed as a part of the Sacred Trusts and is kept in the former Privy Chamber in Topkapı Palace Room of the Blessed Mantle in Turkey. The mantle is almost two yards long and made of black wool lined with a cream-colored fabric.

by Ahmed Khan, Founder, The Rahnuma Daily
Editor-In-Chief (

(RAHNUMA) The Prophet of Arabia Muhammad the son of Abdullah forever changed our world. From mandating literacy in Arabia to being the first Prophet from the House of Abraham to permit daughters to succeed in the inheritance of their fathers, to being the cause and catalyst to what is known as the golden era of human civilization, the subsequent impact of his laws, ideas and very advent in history extend to the everyday lives of all humanity, including in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, robotics, and even aviation.

While most writers and even journalists now seem to be focused upon him as one of the world’s greatest legislators, most influential persons, and even best military strategists in history, to be able to see him as also an individual with feelings, and desires, albeit divine, learning about his fashion sense and his physical attributes could be of immense help to those who seek more imaginal proximity to his ever-present illuminated spirit.

After all, for Muslims, Muhammad is, in the present tense, the Messenger of God, and will remain so since his advent. According to most reports, the Prophet Muhammad had shoulder-length wavy black hair from his youth.
He is reported to have at least once worn a ring with the face of a lion engraved on it.

In Mina, he was seen wearing a crimson red mantle as reported by Abi Dawud. He also wore a dark red coat with red and black stripes and is reported to have also worn one with red and green stripes. He had a perfect smile and pearl white perfectly straight teeth. When he smiled, his upper teeth showed.

His masculinity and appeal to women made him the most sought-after man in Arabian history. He was married to the most beautiful women in Arabia who were also it’s wealthiest and most influential. According to Tirmidhi, he had perfectly blemish-free radiant white skin, jet black wavy hair down to his shoulders, he was broad-shouldered, with a flat stomach, and was neither short nor exceedingly tall.

He dressed in all fabrics except exclusive silk. At times, he wore a cummerbund or waist sash, at other times he wore a fur coat edged with fine brocade according to Ahmad and Abi Dawud. He wore dark leather sandals, had a variety of rings, and at times he wore a Persian cloak that had pockets lined with silk brocade and its sleeves were edged with silk brocade according to Muslims.

He also wore two green striped garments referred to as the Burdah. He was also seen wearing a beautiful black mantle. At other times, he was seen wearing a felted red mantle, and even a mantle made of fur. He wore black fur, and also possessed a black striped fur coat.

He also wore clothing imported to Mecca from greater Syria and Egypt, including fabric woven from linen.
The Prophet Muhammad was always surrounded by the best fragrances. He wore the finest and most expensive perfumes available in Arabia. When listing some of his documented physical attributes, it was reported he was the most charming and charismatic man in Arabia. He was documented as perfectly built, muscular, not bulky, with clear white skin, jet black long hair, dark wide eyes, perfect white teeth, and a pearl white smile.

It is also documented he had the most beautiful voice in Arabia, to the extent that when he spoke, people believed it to be God speaking to them, through his mediumship, due to the sheer beauty which resonated from his sound and had the most beautiful hands.

Trying to imagine his charisma and beauty helps Muslims better understand him better and subsequently respect him and love him more. That is a description of some of the physical traits and esthetics of the Prophet Muhammad, the Messenger of God salutations and blessings be upon him and his House.

Ahmed Khan is the Founder of The Rahnuma Daily (, the online global English daily edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper established in 1921. More than 81.1 million Indians identify Urdu as their language, and as per the annual INA (Indian Newspapers Association) report, ReDD ranks among the top 5 most widely circulated and read Urdu daily print newspapers throughout India. Ahmed resides in Hyderabad at his maternal ancestral home and can be contacted at,


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