Answered by: Maulana Mujahid Hussain
The descriptions of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wassalam, such as in Shamail of Imam Tirmidhi, it mentions how his chest and stomach were in line. When explaining this narration most mention this means that he didn’t have a big stomach. But does this also imply his chest muscles (pectoral) wouldn’t stand out?
In the name of Allah the most Beneficent, the most Merciful
Allah Knows best however according to the best of knowledge it does not imply that for the following
The narration also mentions the prophet ( صلّ الله عليه و سلّم ) has a broad chest.
The narration mention the prophet ( صلّ الله عليه و سلّم ) also had broad forearms and palms. This is indicative of someone with a broad chest.
It was the customs at the time of the prophet ( صلّ الله عليه و سلّم ) to wear loose clothes. The Ridaah would not be put on tight. In fact, most likely the Ridaah would be worn in such way which would make it hard to recognize a protruding chest.
Only Allah Knows best.
Written by Maulana Mujahid Hussain
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Hadith Birmingham