of Prophet Muhammad and the Arabs at the emergence of Islam
Some people claim that Prophet Muhammad was black,
but it's contrary to the following writings:
described as a "white man" (Sahih Bukhari :
Anas bin Malik (RA) reported that when a person inquired the companions
about the Holy Prophet –peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him- they pointed towards him saying;
al-abyad) reclining on his arm."
described as "white" (Sahih Bukhari : hadith
Narrated Isma`il bin Abi Khalid:
I heard Abii Juhaifa saying, "I saw the Prophet, and Al-Hasan
bin `Ali resembled him." I said to Abu- Juhaifa, "Describe
him for me." He said, "He was
white and his beard was black with some white hair. He
promised to give us 13 young she-camels, but he expired before
we could get them."
described as "white" (Sahih Muslim : hadith
Abû At-Tufail reported:
"I saw the Messenger
of Allah and there is no one else (left) on the face of the earth
who saw him apart from me." He (the narrator) said to him:
'How did you see him?' He said: 'He was
white and elegant, of average height and build.'"
cheek of Prophet Muhammad (Sahih Muslim : hadith 
119 - 582)
It was narrated from 'Amir bin Sa'd that his father said: "I
used to see the Messenger of Allah saying the Salâm to his
right and his left, until I could see the whiteness
of his cheek."
complexion of Muhammad (Sahih Muslim : hadith 2343 [6081/107])
It was narrated that Abü Juhaifah said: "I saw the Messenger
of Allah with a white complexion
some white hairs. Al-Hasan bin 'Ali resembled him."
was not brown (Sahih Muslim : hadith 2347)
It was narrated that Anas bin
"The Messenger of Allah was neither very tall nor short,
and he was neither glaringly white nor
brown, and his hair was neither very
curly nor straight. Allah appointed him (as His Messenger) when
he reached the age of forty, and he stayed in Makkah for ten years,
and in Al-Madinah for ten years. Allah caused him to die when
he was sixty years old, and there were no more than twenty white
hairs in his hair and beard."
bilabyadi alamhaqi wa la biladami
thigh of Prophet Muhammad (Sahih Bukhari : 371)
Narrated 'Abdul 'Aziz: Anas said, "When Allah's Messenger
invaded Khaibar, we offered the Fajr prayer
there (early in the morning) when it was still dark. Allah's Prophet
rode and Abu Talha rode, too, and I was riding behind Abu Talha.
AlIah's Prophet passed through the lane of Khaibar quickly and
my knee was touching the thigh of Allah's Prophet. Then his thigh
was uncovered by the shift of his Izar (waist-sheet), and I saw
the whiteness of the thigh
of Allah's Prophet.
abdomen of Prophet Muhammad (Sahih Bukhari : hadith 7236)
Narrated Al-Bara' bin 'Azib: The Prophet was carrying earth with
us on the Day (of the battle)
of Al-Ahzab (the Confederates) and I saw that the dust was covering
the whiteness of his abdomen,
arms of Prophet Muhammad (Sunan Abu Dawud : hadith 3206)
It was reported from Kathir bin Zaid Al-Madani, from Al-Muttalib
who said: "When 'Uthman bin Ma'zun died, his Janazah was
brought out and he was buried. Then the Messenger of Allah told
a man to bring him a rock but he could not carry it, so the Messenger
of Allah stood up and rolled up his sleeves" - Kathir said:
"Al-Muttalib said: 'The one who informed me of that from
the Messenger of Allah said: It is as if I can see the whiteness
of the forearms of the Messenger
of Allah when he rolled up (his sleeves)
complexion of Muhammad (Sahih Bukhari : hadith 3547)
Narrated Rabi'a bin Abi 'Abdur-Rahman: I heard Anas bin Malik
describing the Prophet saying, "He was of medium height amongst
the people, neither tall nor short; he had a rosy
complexion, neither absolutely white
nor deep brown; his hair was neither completely curly nor quite
the english word "rosy" is a translation of the word
"azhar" (in red, it spells "azhara") and we
are given the following definition for "azhar al-lawn"
by Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani in his work entitled "Fath al-Bari"
“azhar al-lawn, that is: white
imbued with redness” (abyad
leg of Prophet Muhammad (Sahih Bukhari : hadith 3566)
Narrated Abu Juhaifa:
By chance I went to the Prophet at noon while he was at Al-Abtah
(resting) in a tent. Bilal came out (of the tent) and pronounced
the Adhan for the Salat (prayer), and entering again, he brought
out the water which was left after Allah's Messenger had performed
the ablution. The people rushed to take some of the water. BiIal
again went in and brought out a spear-headed stick, and then Allah's
Messenger came out. As if I were now looking at the whiteness
of his leg.
armpits of Prophet Muhammad (Sahih Bukhari : hadith
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet never raised his hands for any invocation except for
that of Istisqa'; and he used to raise them so much that the whiteness
of his armpits became visible.
Muhammad sold 2 black
slaves for 1 slave (Sahih Muslim : hadith 1602)
It was narrated that Jâbir said: "A slave came and
swore allegiance to the Prophet, pledging to emigrate,
and he did not realize that he was a slave. Then his master came
looking for him.
The Prophet said: 'Sell him to me,' and he bought him for two
Then after that he did not accept the oath of allegiance of anyone
until he had asked: 'Is he a slave?"