muhammad (pbuh) was of a height a little above the average. he was of sturdy build with long muscular limbs and tapering fingers. the hair of his head was long and thick with some waves in them. his forehead was large and prominent, his eyelashes were long and thick, his nose was sloping, his mouth was somewhat large and his teeth were well set. his cheeks were spare and he had a pleasant smile. his eyes were large and black with a touch of brown. his beard was thick and at the time of his death, he had seventeen gray hairs in it. he had a thin line of fine hair over his neck and chest. he was fair of complexion and altogether was so handsome that abu bakr composed this couplet on him:
"as there is no darkness in the moonlit night so is mustafa, the well-wisher, bright."
his gait was firm and he walked so fast that others found it difficult to keep pace with him. his face was genial but at times, when he was deep in thought, there were long periods of silence, yet he always kept himself busy with something. he did not speak unnecessarily and what he said was always to the point and without any padding. at times he would make his meaning clear by slowly repeating what he had said. his laugh was mostly a smile. he kept his feelings under firm control - when annoyed, he would turn aside or keep silent, when pleased he would lower his eyes (shamail tirmizi).