Oxford Muslim College | Shamail II (Characteristics of the Prophet)
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Shamail II (Characteristics of the Prophet)

Credit value
10 Credits

Course code

Course Duration
Self-paced with 6 Months Registration

Course Progression

  • Shamail III (Characteristics of the Prophet)
  • Seerah I & II

Online assessment (MCQ)

Course tutor


The Shamail of Imam al-Tirmidhi is one of the most extensive and celebrated works on the description and attributes of the Messenger of Allah (s). The 415 narrations were carefully selected by the great muhadith to craft a vivid depiction of the Prophet (s). Through this, a portrait of his blessed physical appearance, habits, worship, daily routine, spirituality and much more is painted by those most beloved to him: his noble companions and family members.

Ibn Kathir said, “Scholars authored many titles on the depiction of the Prophet (s), some of which were dedicated books and some of which were chapters in books. From the best books authored about the depiction of the Prophet (s) is the book of Abû ‘Isa, Muhammad ibn ‘Isa al-Sulami al-Tirmidhi, known as al-Shamail.” [Al -Bidaayah wal Nihayah 8/385]

This is a study of the characteristics of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)