Gems from Embodied Light, Class 2 with Sidi Amjad Tarsin (Part 1)

In the second session of the class Embodied Light with Sidi Amjad Tarsin from the Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto, the physical description of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him was discussed. (The subject of the first session was the Prophet as light and the names of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him). Below, notes from the first half of the class. What I love about this class so far is that even listening from afar, learning about the Prophet creates a happiness in the heart. There was a moment in the class where the teacher described a story where the Prophet wore a red garment, and hearing that story really does make you long to see the beauty and light of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. What a gift to have teachers who make you want to be a better person and be someone who is loved by the Beloved! To learn more about supporting this mubarak class and other excellent programming, please see here.

  • What is love? How does love manifest itself, express itself in human interaction? Some ways:
  1. Doing things that make the person you love happy.
  2. Want to know everything about that person. You want to immerse yourself in that person.
  3. Want to emulate that person.
  • People around the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, were lovers.
  • The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him, was physically the most beautiful person, even more beautiful than the Prophet Yusuf, peace be upon him. No one before him or after him was given that appearance, peace and blessings be upon him. He was neither exceedingly tall or short. He was in between, but inclined to tallness. His hair was neither fine nor coarse. His skin was neither white to the point of paleness nor was he dark, peace and blessings be upon him.
  •  One of the miracles of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was that everything about him was moderate.
  • When he brushed his hair it would part and also curl.
  • Allah has told us in the Qur’an, “We have made you a middle nation”. If you look at Islam, one of the amazing things about it is that everything is in moderation. Extremes in the religion are to be avoided. If you look at Islam, you have rules and you have spirituality.
  • The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, had thick hands and feet. Prophet was manly, peace and blessings be upon him and was the most beautiful expression of manliness you can find.  One of the plights we have today is that men are not manly. The Prophet,peace and blessings be upon him, exuded strength.
  • He had a large head, but not exceedingly large. He had big limbs and bones. He was sturdy, peace and blessings be upon him. He had light hair on his chest in a line to his navel, peace and blessings be upon him.
  • When he walked, his whole body was involved in the process of walking. When you saw the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, knew that he was not a lazy person, peace and blessings be upon him. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, never dragged his feet. The Prophet’s actions and habits have wisdom. There is always something to do. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, had determination in his life. He had things to do. And if you look at his life, in the span of 23 yeras, the Arabian Peninsula and the Quraysh went from being unknown to being world powers on a global scale. And of course the point of Islam isn’t to become a world power, but it goes to show how the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, transformed people. He did this (with the attitude)  that I don’t have time to waste. Nowadays we have people playing videogames into their thirties, have people watching movies all day long, but we should say, I don’t have time for that. I’ve got to change the world. I’ve got to connect people with Allah. I’ve got stuff to do. That’s how the Prophet was, peace and blessings be upon him. They say that when the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was walking and had something to do, just get out of the way. Nobody could stay in his way, sallallahu alayhi wasalaam.

    • He had large eyes, peace and blessings be upon him. Large eyes are a sign of beauty. He had large eyes and long, thick lashes. His eyes, peace and blessings be upon him were piercingly black.
    •  When the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would walk, it was as if he was walking uphill. (Uphill takes more of your body) Body would incline forwards and his arms were stationary and he would walk with force. This was a sign of his determination, peace and blessings be upon him.
    • When the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him was talking to someone, he would turn his entire body towards them. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him said that it is part of muruwwa (positive manliness) to listen to someone when they talk to you and to give them your full attention.
    • The seal of Prophethood was between his shoulderblades
    • He was the most generous of people in heart, and the most truthful of people in speech and the softest of them in nature and most generous of them to live with. And whomever saw the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him all of a sudden, they would be awestruck. And whomever lived with him and mixed with him fell in love with him, it was inevitable.
    • “Never saw anyone before him or after him who was like him (from companion who related description)
    • There are such detailed descriptions about the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. We know about his cheeks, the way his eyebrows met, his eyelashes, peace and blessings be upon him, his teeth, his mouth, his ears.
    • This level of detail indicates that the companions were madly in love with him, peace and blessings be upon him. Which just goes to show that love is a central part of our deen. If you don’t have love, you don’t feel it. The religion becomes, ahh, I have to pray..I have to make wudu, ahh..the water is cold.. But if you see lovers,  people who are in love, they don’t have these limitations.
    • His eyebrows, peace and blessings be upon him were almost connected. There was a small space in between. He had large, dark eyebrows. There was some redness in the white of his eyes.
    •  When he smiled, he would radiate. When he smiled, peace and blessings be upon him, it was like a flash of light. He would light up the room, peace and blessings be upon him.
    • The sahabas could not bear to be apart from the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, At night they were restless to wait until the morning to see him again. They could not go to sleep until they saw him again, peace and blessings be upon him.
    • His body was not fat or fleshy. His stomach and chest were at one level. He was wide chested. Had big bones.
    • His teeth were as white as hailstones. There was a small gap between his teeth and when he spoke, was as if light coming out of his mouth.
    • We live in a postmodernist world that is reductionist. We limit the possibilities. The problem with reductionism is that it is trying to put a limit on what Allah can do. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him is the most beloved of Allah’s creation and what that means is that the greatest of Allah’s favours are bestowed upon him. Blessing and honour for all of us is that we are part of it, we are part of his ummah, peace and blessings be upon him.
    • The companions saw every detail of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him to be important. If they took so much time to tell us about his toes or the hair of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, you don’t think they are going to care to tell us about wudu, our prayers, our dhikr?
    • The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him was light. He didn’t have a shadow. When he would walk, whether he was in sunlight or not, there was no shadow.
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One thought on “Gems from Embodied Light, Class 2 with Sidi Amjad Tarsin (Part 1)

  1. May Allah SWT give you jaza for sharing this precious beautiful description. It moved me to the core of my being! May Allah always increase our love for the beloved prophet and give us his companionship in junna Ya Rub!

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