Paying special attention to outward appearance was one of the perpetual rituals of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He saw no conflict in paying attention to the inner-self while enhancing one's outward appearance
Paying special attention to outward appearance was one of the perpetual rituals of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He saw no conflict in paying attention to the inner-self while enhancing one's outward appearance. His attention towards disciplining the soul and serving God did not prevent him from maintaining an attractive physical appearance.
For example, he would use pleasant fragrances and comb his hair. His clothes were always clean and attractive. When he wanted to leave home, he would look in the mirror. And whenever he made the ritual ablution (wudhu’) he would brush his teeth. His clothes and shoes would always match. The turban he wore would elegantly compliment his stature and would increase his attractive and imposing presence. He himself has said, "Verily, God is beautiful and He loves beauty."
Numerous examples of the importance the Prophet placed on beauty have been mentioned in books narrating his traditions. Here are a few of them:
1. It has said, "The Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him) would look in the mirror, straighten and comb his hair. Sometimes he would look (at his reflection) in water to straighten his hair. He would beautify himself for his companions as well as for his family and he would say, 'Verily, God loves for his servant to prepare himself and beautify himself when he sets out (to meet) his brothers (in faith).'
2. Amongst the things that enhances a pleasant appearance is applying perfume, something the Prophet liked very much: "The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) would spend more on perfume than he would on food."
3. An untidy man with long hair and a long beard that were both uncombed, came to the Prophet. He (peace be upon him) asked, "Could this man not find oil with which to straighten his hair? Some of you come to me with the appearance of Satan."
4. Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir (A.S), one of the descendants of the prophet
(S.A.W.A) has narrated, "Anytime the Messenger of God passed somewhere, two or three days afterwards, people would understand that he had passed by due to his fragrant smell. He would put on any sort of perfume that was brought to him and he would say, 'The smell of perfume is nice and pleasing and carrying it is not difficult'."