What is the place of art and esthetics in the personal life of the Prophet (pbuh)?

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The Prophet (pbuh) gave importance to an esthetic that did not harm his seriousness in his personal life. For example, he brushed his teeth with miswak every day. He combed his hair in a nice way, gave importance to the cleanliness of his clothes and tinged his eyes with kohl; he dyed his hair and beard and he always had a mirror with him. When he looked in the mirror, he would say, “O Allah! You made my creation beautiful. Please make my ethics beautiful too.” He gave the following advice for a man whose hair was disheveled:  “Tell that man to comb his her hair and take care of it.” His wearing a ring can also be regarded as related to esthetics.

The Quran always mentions the esthetics of the universe and that it is a wonderful art. Since the Prophet (pbuh) was the living and talking form of the Quran, he paid more attention to the artistic and esthetic aspects of the beings that the Quran mentioned.

On the day of the conquest of Makkah, he recited the chapter of al-Fath in a very nice way, winning the hearts of the Companions who listened to him.

He appointed Bilal al-Habashi as the muezzin because he had a nice and sonorous voice. He enjoyed listening to the Companions who read the Quran beautifully. One night, he listened to Musa al-Ashari and complimented him when he saw him in the morning. He allocated a chair for the poets in the mosque; he became happy when they recited their poems about the truths of Islam.

Who can be gentler, kinder, more elegant and more humane than the Prophet, who regarded cleanliness and removing a stone that disturbed people from the road as part of belief? May our Lord not deprive us of his intercession!

Undoubtedly, it is unthinkable for those who pursue the desires of their souls to like lofty pleasures and those who love spiritual desires to like mean pleasures.  

“A state of mind pleasing to the mature and perfected with their appreciation of meaning, does not gratify the childish, whimsical, and dissolute; it does not entertain them.”(Sözler, p.736).

The following poem written by Namık Kemal expresses very nice things:

“It is impossible for the literature that originates from the genius of the West, which is a slave of bodily desires to attain the level of the literature of the Quran, which reaches eternity and whose guidance sheds light and cures people.”

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