Chapter Five
The Characteristics of Jesus.

The Physical Appearance of I`sa(Jesus) alayhis salaam

Many Hadiths have given a clear description as to Jesus’ appearance. Imam Bukhari(d.256/834)and Imam Muslim have narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sallalahu alayhi wasallam) said,

"While I was sleeping, I saw myself (in a dream), performing Tawaf (circumambulation of the House of God in Makkah). I saw a reddish-white man with lank hair, with water dripping from his head, I asked, "Who is this?" They replied, "The Son of Maryam (Mary)." Then I turned my face to see another man with a huge body, red complexion, curly hair and blind in one eye. His eye looked like a protruding grape. They said to me, "He is Dajjal." The prophet added, "The man he resembled the most is Ibn Qatan, a man from the tribe of Khuza’a." Some Hadiths give the following description of Jesus : "There was a person of a yellowish-brown complexion, the most handsome that could be seen of such a colour of men." This description has been recorded by Imam Bukhari on four different occasions. Imam Muslim(d.261/839) has also recorded three Hadiths giving the same description of Jesus.

Another Hadith, recorded by Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim and Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal(d.240/818) also gives this description of Jesus.

This Hadith is as follows :

"Ibn Nomayr has narrated to us from Hanzalah from Salim, that the said, "I heard Ibn Umar saying that the prophet said, "I saw near the Ka’bah (House of God), a person who was whitish-red and lank- haired, resting his hands upon two men, as water dripped from his head. I asked, "Who is this?" The people replied, "He is I`sa u, Ibn Maryam ," or they may have replied, "He is Masih, Ibn Maryam ." I also saw behind him, a man of red complexion, curly hair and blind in the right eye. The person with the most resemblance to him that I have seen, is Ibn-Qutn. So I asked, "Who is this?" The people replied, "He is Masih Ad-Dajjal."

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