Tuesday, 26 December 2006

The Noble Features of Rasulullah SAW 102

Anas bin Malik RA reports:

"Rasullullah SAW was of a medium stature, he was neither very tall nor very short. He was very handsome, of medium built and his hair was neither very curly nor very straight (but was slightly wavy). He had a wheat-coloured complexion. When he walked, he leaned forward slightly."

In this hadith Anas RA states that the complexion of Rasullullah SAW was wheat coloured. In the previous hadith, also narrated by Anas RA, he states that Rasullullah SAW did not have a wheat-coloured complexion. This has been mentioned in the translation of the hadith.

Actually, what is derived from the two hadith is that Rasullullah SAW was not of such a dark complexion that decrease the lightness and beauty of a person, but had a radiant and light colour, which was slightly wheat-coloured.

In this hadith - the word Yata-kaf-fa-uu is used regarding the walking of Rasulullah SAW. The scholars interpret this word in several ways. Some say it means to walk at a fast pace. Some are of the opinion that it means to lean a bit forward while walking. Some say it means to lift the leg with force. All three explanations are correct because the walk of Rasullullah SAW fulfilled all three descriptions and the word also conveys these three meanings. Rasullullah SAW walked quickly and not like the Romeos of this age who walk like women. It was also the noble habit of Rasullullah SAW to walk with slight forward inclination of the head and shoulders. He did not walk with chest pushed out with pride. He lifted his legs as men do while walking and did not drag his legs on the ground.

Such was the beautiful perfect combination of grandeur and humility in the walk of Rasulullah SAW.

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