Al-Shama‚Äôil al-Muhammadiyya (‚ÄòThe Sublime Qualities of the Prophet Muhammad Ô∑∫‚Äô) is the most famous collection of narrations detailing the moral, physical and spiritual perfections of the Prophet Muhammad Ô∑∫. Commonly referred to as ‚ÄòThe Shama‚Äôil‚Äô and compiled by the prolific Imam al-Tirmidhi, this perennial masterpiece connects hearts to the Prophet‚Äôs blessed being Ô∑∫.¬†
The Shama‚Äôil generously invites us to experience the most detailed and exquisite qualities of the message-bearer‚Äîthe Prophet Muhammad Ô∑∫. This knowledge fundamentally alters, informs, and orients our understanding of the Message he brought. Knowing the Shama‚Äôil is a critical pre-requisite to properly understanding Islam in general and the Prophet‚Äôs life (Sira) in particular; his beautiful appearance, lifestyle and character provide the ultimate context for developing a deep, holistic appreciation of the Message and the Messenger at the same time. Without understanding the Shama‚Äôil, we‚Äôre likely to read Islam and the Prophet‚Äôs life through the lenses of our own socially-conditioned impressions and assumptions. Instead, the Shama‚Äôil leaves a profound and indelible impression that spiritually empowers us to apply Islam to our lives.
Knowing the Shama‚Äôil is a tried and true means of filling our hearts with reverence for the Prophet Ô∑∫, which, in turn, fills our hearts with reverence for his Sacred Law. A form of praise in its own right, it provides a deep look into Prophet‚Äôs sublime beauty and serves as a means of connection, veneration and spiritual transformation. The Shama‚Äôil offers us tastes of delight and joy, and most importantly, engenders sincere love of Allah and His Messenger Ô∑∫ in our hearts. To spend time with the Shama‚Äôil is to praise Allah and remember Him, for it is He who endows His beloved Ô∑∫ with beautiful form and unparalleled character.