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Is it ok do to wrong with correct intention? What was the physical description of Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam)

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1. I live in india, where a lot of harams take place. some people who claim to have read ‘kitab’ says that actions are rewarded according to intention, so if we make our intentions good and then if we do haram, it is okay. I know that it is wrong. please give me some proofs to say that this idea is wrong.

2. Can you please tell me how Fatima (ra) looked like? recently, in dream, I saw a beautiful woman who had some appearance of prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) – Red and white color, black hair, medium height, neatly arranged teeth, etc. But in the dream I did not think it was Fatima (ra). Can you shed a light upon whom I saw?

3. Can you explain to me all about how prophet (sallallahu alaihiwasallam) looked like based on the hadees and scholars books?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In all aspects of life, Islam emphasizes on the purity of intention. Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said,

إنما الأعمال بالنيات [1]

Actions will be judged by intentions

In Islam, the routine matters of life are transformed into acts of worship by making the correct intentions. Accordingly, if one eats food with the intention of strengthening his body in order that he may be able to carry out his obligations to Allah and to other human beings, his eating will be considered as worship.

On the other hand, Harām remains Harām no matter how good the intention and how honorable the purpose may be. Islam insists that not only the aim be honorable but also that the means chosen to attain it be pure. “The end justifies the means” is a concept unknown to Shari’ah.

If someone accumulates wealth through interest, theft, gambling or any other haram means in order to build a Masjid or to do any other good work, he will not be absolved of the sin because of the goodness of his objective. This is what Rasulullah (Sallallau Alaihi Wa Sallam) taught us when he said:

أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ، إِنَّ اللهَ طَيِّبٌ لَا يَقْبَلُ إِلَّا طَيِّبًا[2] 

Oh people, Allah is good and does not accept anything but good

We are unable to comment on the dream you refer to.

The description of Rasulullah (Sallallhu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) has been well documented in many books. Imām at-Tirmidhī has authored an entire book regarding the description of Rasulullah (Sallallhu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) titled “as-Shamāil al-Muhammadiyyah”. The following is an excerpt from this book,

Rasulullah (Sallallhu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) was neither very tall nor short, but of a medium stature among people. His hair was neither very curly nor very straight, but had a slight wave in it. He did not have a big body nor a round face, but his blessed face was slightly round. The complexion of Rasulullah (Sallallhu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) was white with redness in it. The blessed eyes of Rasulullah (Sallallhu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) were extremely black. His eyelashes were long. The joints of the body were large; likewise, the portion between the two shoulders was broad and fully fleshed. There was no hair (more than normal) on his body. He had a thin line of hair running from the chest to the navel. The hands and feet of Rasulullah (Sallallhu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) were fully fleshed. When he walked, he lifted his legs with vigour, as if he were descending to a low-lying place. When he addressed a person, he turned his whole body towards that person. The seal of prophet hood was situated between his shoulders. He was the last of all prophets. He was the most generous and the most truthful. He was the most kind-hearted and came from a most noble family. Any person who saw him suddenly would become awe-inspired. Rasulullah (Sallallhu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) had such a great personality and dignity, that the person who saw him for the first time, because of his awe-inspiring personality, would be overcome with a feeling of profound respect. Anyone who came in close contact with him, and knew his excellent character was smitten with the love of his excellent attributes. Anyone who described his noble features can only say, “I have not seen anyone like Rasulullah (Sallallhu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) neither before nor after him.”[3]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muntasir Zaman

Student Darul Iftaa
New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1]  صحيح البخاري 3/1

[2] صحيح مسلم 703/2

[3] الشمائل المحمدية للترمذي ص-36 ت. ماهر الفحل , دار الغرب الاسلامي

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