Do you love beauty? Oh yes, you do! And we all want to be beautiful, right? Now before you start thinking this is just another post listing the “10 ways to be beautiful”, let me tell you it is not. :p
Before moving on, however, I want us to delve a little deeper and see if beautiful is really what we think is beautiful?
Media has induced us such that whenever we hear the word “beautiful”, we start thinking of physical beauty. It is something very material for us. To explain beauty, some standards are set in the society and we believe that this is the real deal; some measurements of the body, a specific complexion, certain kind of features, a certain style of dressing etc. But if you look a little deeper, this does not really hold true. Beauty is not something that can be objectified. In reality, it is a subjective thing, something that we can’t perceive just through our eyes.
Even the dictionary defines it as something subjective, it says beauty is what pleases the senses and mind. So it is the power to attract. Whatever has the power to please us, attracts us and we find it beautiful.
Each one of us goes through the experience of coming across a person that is a perfect model of the set standards of beauty of the society yet they don’t please us. Or someone in your acquaintances, friends or family that you find very beautiful, you feel so happy to see them yet they do not fit the mould of those set standards of beauty. What makes them beautiful for us then? If it’s not physical, then it has to be something deeper than the skin. Yes, it is their genuine smile, their pure and honest words, the shine of sincerity in their eyes and their strong morals that emanate from within their heart and glow from their skin. In short, it is their character. So basically, it is the character that has the strongest power to make us attracted or repelled from another human being.
And do you know who had the best character to ever have in this world? The one whose character was praised by the Creator of all mankind Himself!
وقد خلق الله البشر متفاوتين في الحسن والجمال، فأعطى الله سيد الأولين والآخرين محمداً صلى الله عليه وسلم حظاً وافراً من الجمال، فهو أحسن الناس خَلقاً وخُلُقاً، وأحسنهم وجهاً، وجهه كأنه القمر
[Roughly translated:] Allah created man with variation in beauty. So Allah gave Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam a huge portion from beauty, he is the best amongst people creation-wise and character-wise, and the best in them in face, his face was as if it was the moon.
Yes, he was given ample physical beauty. :)
وكان صلى الله عليه وسلم أحسن الناس أخلاقاً، سماحةً ولطفاً، وحلماً وكرماً، ورحمة وشفقة، وصلةً وبراً، وعزة وشجاعة، وعفواً وصفحاً وحياءً وتواضعاً
[Roughly translated:] And he, sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam, was the best amongst people in character, in leniency and kindness, in tolerance and generosity, in mercy and compassion, in keeping ties and righteousness, in honour and bravery, in forgiveness and overlooking (mistakes of others), in modesty and humility.
SubhanAllah! What an image the author has sketched. The most beautiful person, indeed! Such balance and such blend of greatness. Which other person in history has ever had such a personality, such beauty?
فسبحان من جمع لرسوله صلى الله عليه وسلم جمال الخَلق والخُلُق، وأثنى عليه بقوله سبحانه
وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ
[Roughly translated:] So glory to the One who combined in His Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam beauty of creation and character, and praised him on it as is said in this verse of the Glorified:
And indeed, you are of a great moral character. [Al-Qalam 4]
Yes, it is Allah who gave these gifts to the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam). If you really want to be beautiful, you follow the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam), beauty’ll emanate from you too, inshaAllah! :)
The above point does not negate physical beauty, but it establishes that it is not everything. Yes, physical beauty does exist and has its due merit, after all it has been created by the One whose Name is
The Most Beautiful
P.S. Read here about the One who is The Most Beautiful:
Here‘s another interesting post that establishes the same point discussed in this post through very relevant examples: