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The Prophetic Portrait (Shama’il)
7 Week Course
Taught by: Shaykh Waseem Ahmed

When: Monday 9th October 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Bolton – M.A. Mission

Course Outline

How does one describe the indescribable?

How does one form an image of that which cannot be portrayed?

That is what the Shama’il of the Prophet ﷺ does; it gives parameters to the imagination, allowing one to begin to think about the Prophet ﷺ with a spiritual insight (without visualising or portraying him in a painting).

During this seven-week course, we will cover and expand on an abridgement of the Book of Shama’il compiled by Imam al-Tirmidhi; a fascinating selection of authentic narrations (hadith) which portray and embody the Prophet’s ﷺ perfect moral, behavioural, and spiritual qualities.

With marvellous connotations of ornament, beauty, finery, and embellishment, Shama’il al-Tirmidhi opens with accounts of his ﷺphysical appearance and mannerisms, leads onto his ﷺ perfected spiritual demeanour and qualities, and culminates with the beatific vision of him ﷺ.

O friends! If the home of the beloved Prophet ﷺ is too far; if meeting him ﷺ is too difficult; and if you have missed seeing him ﷺwith your own eyes: Then do not miss reading his ﷺ description!

His ﷺ Noble Description
Learn about the Prophet’s ﷺ physiognomy and likeness; his ﷺ natural disposition, depiction, and age.

His ﷺ Attire
Find out more about the Prophet’s ﷺ clothes, turban, sandals, ring, armour, and scent.

His ﷺ Mannerisms
Discover how the Prophet ﷺ sat and walked, how he ﷺ conversed with people, and how he ﷺ spent his ﷺ time with his ﷺ family and companions.

His ﷺ Eating Habits
Learn about how often the Prophet ﷺ ate, and his ﷺ favourite food and drink.

His ﷺ Home
Unravel more about how the Prophet ﷺ slept, how his ﷺ cutlery was, and how his ﷺ lifestyle was like at home.

His ﷺ Worship
Be enthralled by the Prophet’s ﷺ method of worship, how he ﷺ fasted, how he ﷺ supplicated, and how he ﷺ prayed.

His ﷺ Merits
Get inspired by the Prophet’s ﷺ legacy, his ﷺ humility, and his ﷺ modesty.

Why is this course for you?
Closeness to the Prophet ﷺ
The reality of being preoccupied in learning his ﷺ traits, merits, and noble biography are major reasons for being blessed with visions of him ﷺ, whilst being causative factors for proximity to him ﷺ.
Increased Love for the Prophet ﷺ
Knowledge of the tremendous attributes of the Prophet ﷺ fills the heart with love and respect for him ﷺ.
Reviving the Sunnah
The Prophet ﷺ was sent as an exemplar to all, by learning about his ﷺ day to day actions and mannerisms, a person is able to adopt and implement them in their own life.
Praise of the Prophet ﷺ
Endeavouring to know about the noble traits and superb features of the Prophet ﷺ is a form of giving service to him ﷺ, a form of praising him ﷺ, and showcasing respect for his ﷺ exalted esteem.