From the narrations of various companions of the Prophet  , we can derive a lot of information about how our beloved Prophet   looked. Here is a quick summary of his physical appearance.

At a Glance

Skin Color - Light Brown

He was of lighter brown color.

Hair - Neither Curly nor Firm

He had thick hair and bushy beard. His hair would generally reach his earlobe.

Stature - Medium Build, Broad Shoulders

He was neither very tall nor very short and had broad shoulders.

Face - Slightly ovalish

The Prophet   did not have a very fleshy face, nor was it completely round, it was slightly ovalish.

The beauty of the Prophet  

We find Ka’b ibn Malik comparing the Prophet   with a full moon while Ar-Rubayya compares him with the rising sun. Such was the appearance of the Prophet   that the only way the companions could describe him was with the most beautiful thing that the could relate to. Amar ibn Al-A’as, a companion who converted to Islam very late, says,

There was nothing that was more sweeter to me, more beloved to me than to stare at the face of the Prophet  . And I could never get enough of looking at him, I never got tired of looking at him and yet if you were to ask me how he looked, I couldn’t describe him. Because along with this desire to stare at him there was also this awe, this reverence that I had that could not allow me to just stare directly at him and I had to lower my face.

The beauty of the Prophet   was so overpowering that Amar ibn Al-A’as is saying, there is nothing that I got more peace from, more serenity from than to simply look at the face of the Prophet  . And yet he couldn’t just stare at him because of the reverence, because of the overpowering awe that he is looking at the Prophet  .

Perhaps for this same reason, most of the physical description of the Prophet   comes from the younger companions. The most explicit of those descriptions comes from Anas ibn Malik who was a young child at that time. Anas ibn Malik says,

The Prophet   was neither very tall such that he stood above the crowd, nor was he short such that he would be ignored. He was of a medium stature. And the Prophet   was neither extremely white and nor was he a reddish brown.

It should be mentioned here that, what we now call white, the Arabs at that time used to call that yellow. That is why they used to call the Romans the tribe of the yellow people – Banu Asfar. Generally speaking, when the Arabs used the word white, it was for light brown. It is not that white that we consider Caucasian white. So the Prophet   had a skin color of very light brown.

Anas ibn Malik continues,

The Prophet’s   hair was not in curls nor was it straight. I never felt any velvet or silk softer that the hands of the Prophet  . Nor did I smell a musk or a perfume more fragrant than the sweat of the Prophet  . [Source]

In other words, he had firm hair like most men and his natural odor was more fragrant than a perfume. It is also known that Umm Salama and others would collect his sweat in a jar when he is sleeping and use it as a perfume – such was the odor of the Prophet  .

Al-Bara ibn Azim describes the Prophet   as

he was of a medium stature, had broad shoulders and his hair was thick.

The thickness of his hair and bushy beard has been reported by at least five other companions as well. It is said that he would usually let his hair grow such that it would reach his earlobe and then he would shave it all of in times of Hajj or Umrah.

Ali ibn Talib (R), a close family member and cousin of the Prophet  , says –

The Prophet   did not have a very fleshy face, nor was it completely round, it was slightly ovalish. He had a whitish skin with a reddish tinge (as explained earlier this means lighter brown), his eyes were large with jet-black pupils and his lashes were long. his joints were large as was his upper back. He did not have hair all over his body, he had a fine line of hair extending from chest to the naval. When he would walk, he would walk briskly as if he is descending down a slope. When he would turn, he would turn to face with his whole body.

Whoever unexpectedly saw him, would stand in awe of him. And whoever accompanied him and got to know him would love him. And those who described him would always say “I have never seen anyone before him or after him, who was like him”.

Ali ibn Talib (R) continues –

between his two shoulders was the seal of the prophethood. [Source]

Many people converted to Islam just by looking at his face. Most famous of such converts was the chief rabbi of the Jews of Madina – Abdullah ibn Salam. When the Prophet   went to Madina, this rabbi came to see who this person was. He describes his experience in first person,

As soon as I saw him, I knew that this cannot be the face of a liar. [Source]

One conversation with the Prophet   and he accepts to Islam right then and there.

The content of this page was compiled from video lectures on the Seerah of the Prophet Muhamamd (PBUH) by Yasir Qadhi. The video can be found here.

  • Nishat

    Alhamdulillah, this is a very beautiful site, and reflects dedication to our Prophet (s:). May Allah grant us the strength to continue endeavours like this.

  • ali ceen tayyab

    im in tears

    • Maryam Mohamed

      Are u alive bcuz your comment is two years ago. Salaam alaykum

      • Gabriski

        salaamu alaykum,
        you’re funny yaa Maryam :D
        I hope he is alive doing good deeds insha Allah

  • Gerald Wilkerson

    How racist! This is actually idol worship which is sinful. You cannot worship a man. Even a messenger of God would not be entitled to be worshipped or elevated. That’s why this is a joke. The only man worthy of such love and admiration is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.


    Did you guys want to hump him too?

    • jckxjxjxu

      What are you saying

  • Caesarius

    Northern Europeans are actually pink not white; that is why they turn red rather than tan when exposed to too much sun. Mediterranean people are actually olive-skinned NOT brown; that is why when their skins are not exposed to the sun they have a white appearance. East Indians and others are brown.

  • iraqihusayn

    Prophet Muhammad PBH did not have brown or light brown skin it was fair and not fair to be called chalky

  • Muhammad

    Meri jan ap MOHAMMAD S>A>W>S per qurban. Meray MAA BAAP, Sab ap per qurban… I love my Prophet more than my life..

  • Muhammad

    I am very happy that my official name is Mohammad Mahboob Akhtar.. but always called Mahboob. But now prefer to be called Mohammad. I want to copy my Prophet …. May be this copy will pass me in eternity exam

  • edward morfeld

    this is THE most homoerotic description I have ever heard males give of another male. Who knew Mecca and Medina were so extremely gay? Actually, now that I think about it that would explain a lot!

    • musab qaiser

      You bro are a very dirt minded person

    • SUFI-4- LIFE!

      You speaking about America and dieases Europe!

  • hardh8

    What does the koran say muhammad looks like?

  • Eric Dunn

    Agreed as to others who commented: The prophet (saw) was not brown. He was fair/light olive skinned. He was white (abyad) and ahmar (ruddish complexion) – meaning fair-skinned in arabic. Having ‘red skin’ means you can see the red pigmentation (little red dots) show through light colored skin; it does not mean “brown” no how no way. If you say “ahmar” = “brown” in Arabic, you are either ignorant of the word or a liar.

    • SUFI-4- LIFE!

      No prophet was white ALI IBN TALIB RA black just like imam Mahdi is black Arabs have whitewash ISLAM just like Christan’s have whitewash christanity., Arabs white today because there fathers mix with nonarab gogle KEDAR RA the second son of Ishmael as a pure black Arab tribe

  • Chris Develing

    Interesting but the Romans being called yellow has another origin according to It has to do with the Romans specifically and not the skincolor of Caucasians in general:

    “The Banu Al-Asfar (literally, “children of the the yellow one”) are the generation of the Byzantines from among the descendants of ‘Eesu ibn Is-haaq ibn Ibraaheem (Esau, son of Isaac, son of Abraham), may Allaah exalt their mention. An-Nawawi may Allaah have mercy upon him said: “The Banu Asfar are the Romans. Ibn Al-Anbaari held that they were known as the Banu Al-Asfar (children of the the yellow one) because an Abyssinian army once conquered their land and some Abyssinian men married Roman women who gave birth to yellow-skinned children with the darkness of Abyssinians and the whiteness of the Romans. Abu Is-haaq ibn Ibraaheem Al-Harbi said that the Banu Al-Asfar were attributed to Asfar, son of Rome, son of ‘Eesu, son of Is-haaq, son of Ibraaheem, may Allaah exalt their mention. The Qaadhi remarked that this opinion is closer to the truth than that of Ibn Al-Anbaari.” [Sharh Muslim]”

    So if this is true, this still leaves open the possibility of the Europeans being white even according to the first muslims. In fact this statement above reaffirms that since it calls the Romans white (originally) and the offspring of the mixed Abyssinian-Roman couples it calls yellow.