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(Prophetic Biography)

Past Courses

Level: Beginner

al-Shama’il al-Muhamadiyyah (Imam al-Tirmidhi)

The Sublime Characteristics of the Prophet (Imam al-Tirmidhi)


This is the arguably the most indispensable collection of Hadith related to the Prophet’s [salulahu alayhi wasalam] blessed Shama’il [Sublime Characteristics]. It was compiled by the eminent Muhaddith, Imam al-Tirmidhi less than 3 centuries after the passing away of the Prophet Mohammed [salulahu alayhi wasalam]


It contains a collection of 417 narrations from the contemporaries of the Prophet [salulahu alayhi wasalam] and their successors. Divided into 56 chapters it deals with all spheres of the Prophet’s life from his honourable outer appearance and characteristics like his bodily features and clothing; to his hallowed inner traits such as his humility and humour.


Scholar’s have said that whoever missed the opportunity to see the Prophet [salulahu alayhi wasalam] need only understand this book to have a vivid perception of what it would have been like to live amongst the Prophet and his Companions.


The Salaf would clutch tightly to the Sunnah because of its being a Sunnah.

The Khalaf thrust aside the Sunnah because in their words ‘it’s only a Sunnah


لَا يُؤْمِنُ أَحَدُكُمْ حَتَّى أَكُونَ أَحَبَّ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ وَالِدِهِ وَوَلَدِهِ وَالنَّاسِ أَجْمَعِين

"None of you believes until I am more beloved to him than his own father, his child, and all of humankind."


What’s in it for me?


By the end of the course, a student will be able to do the following:


•  Increase your love for the Prophet and Allah’s love for you. Quran (3:31)

•  Learn and appreciate the Hikmah (wisdom) behind the Sunnah

•  Learn the Fiqh (juristic ruling) related to clothing, food, talk, etc.

•  Create a genuine desire to practice the Sunnah your daily life.

•  Learn about the lives of Sahabah and Hadith narrators

•  Give you a sense of pride the next time you implement a Sunnah

•  Gain a detailed idea of prophet movements etc

•  Witness the meticulousness of the Sahabah in their recording

•  Differentiate Sunnah of custom from Sunnah of worship

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