InshAllah, You guys can read the 'Shama-il Tirmidhi' : The Virtues and Noble Character of The Prophet Muhammad - the full book with commentary here.
Also I heard in a Seerah Talk by Ml Suliman Moola, that the sahaab said that when we were in his noble presence and he addressed us, then we each felt as if he was giving ME his full attention,,,, Subahanallah thus they all felt equally important.
(327) Hadith Number 2.
'Amr ibnul 'Aas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: "(Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam gave attention, spoke and showed love to the worst person of a nation. So that, the person may feel he is being given special attention). He used to give attention, and spoke to me also in a manner, that I began to feel that I was the best among the community. (Therefore one day) I asked: 'O Messenger of Allah, am I better or is Abubakr better?' He replied: 'Abubakr'. I then asked: 'Am I better, or 'Umar?' He replied. "Umar'. I asked: 'Am I better or 'Uthmaan?' He replied: 'Uthmaan'.When I asked him these questions, Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam told me the truth. (He did not tell me I was better to keep me happy. Afterwards I felt ashamed of myself on this deed). I felt I should not have asked such a question".
This Sahaabi in the beginning due to the special attention given to him by Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam felt he was the best among the community. We find from the first lengthy hadith already mentioned, that it was his noble habit to give preference to the best. But, at times, to make one's heart happy and in politeness he gave preference to that which was not the best. He even showed special love to the non-believers and the munafiqeen (hyprocrites). In the hadith, the order in which the question were asked, is because in the time of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam the Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum regarded Abubakr Radiyallahu 'Anhu as the best amongst the people. It is also narrated in the ahaadith that in the time of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam we regarded Abubakr as the best, and after him 'Umar. Sayyidina Ibn 'Umar Radiyallahu 'Anhu relates that in the time of Rasulullah Sallallahu'Alayhi Wasallam we did not regard anyone equal to Abubakr, after him was 'Umar, and after him 'Uthrnaan. After that the other Sahaabah were not given preference. This means that the superiority of these three Sahaabah in this order was manifest. In the time of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam we the Sahaabah accepted this. Muhammad, the son of 'Ali (Radiyallahu'Anhu), once asked his father 'Ali Radiyallahu 'Anhu who was the best person after Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam?.He replied: 'Abubakr Radiyallahu 'Anhu' I asked after him who? He replied: "Umar'. There are many other ahaadith wherein during the time of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam this order is mentioned. Therefore 'Amr Radiyallahu 'Anhu asked the question in this order. He competed with the one who was regarded as the best then the second, then the third best. If I am not better than the first then surely I might be better then the second or third.
this book is a great source, may we all benifit from it ... ameen
Its very important in 'love' to know how your 'beloved' looks like and the more you know about someone, the more you tend to love them. For us to love our beloved, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, we should try and learn more about him, from the way he walked to the way he looked. A natural human instinct in 'falling' in love, the more you know about someone, the more you love them, the more you yearn for them.
The remark about "his face, full moon", its an expression used by one of the companions to show, how amazed he was, as oneday he came and saw the moon shiniing so bright, and then our beloved, sallallahu alayhi wasallam came out, and him, being the best of creation, the most beautiful, the most elegant, the most good looking, he was so amazed, the companion to find how bright, 'light' that prophet, sallallahu alayhi wasallam had on his face. And as one sister said, i suggest this to everyone, go tonight and look at the moon. How beautiful the sight is, and how bright it is, and how calm it is, and then imagine, for a moment, how bright, full of light, YOUR prophet, your leader, your friend was..
Its an expression of love, a expression for us, the far later lovers to know the beauty of the best of creation. Hope that helps answer your question, dear brother.
Regarding the Shamail.
Yes, that link is the book, online, i suggest everyone to purchase the book, have it in your house for barakah, and also for the benefit of reading it offline.
For UK people buy from azhar
For US people, buy from Al Rashad
You can read it online at Inter-Islam.org
Please download these talks by Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar at SacredLearning.org
Its great to listen to it. Plus the shaykhs other reminders are fablous.
Plus, Shaykh Adhami also has some some talks on the Shamail, have a download of it from Sakeenah.org Its the third one down. I also suggest, download some of the other talks of the beloved shaykh, you wil be amazed at the knowledge and wisdom you shall learn.
As Shaykh Yacoubi said, there should be 4 books in everyone's home, and they were the best sellers in the muslim world before, they were Dailail al Khayrat, Qasidah Burdah, Ash-Shifa of Qadi Iyad, and Shamail Al Tirmidhi, and not your 'full sets of sahih bukhari, etc. He said, the books we have in our houses teach us more on how to 'rebel', whilst we lack so much in 'love'.
An important principle he stated was that "love is the key to obidence", lets increase our love for the most beautiful human, the most beautiful example we have.
JazakAllah for your responses and questions. May Allah lift our hearts with His love and the love of his beloved, ameen.
Jazakalah khyr for sharing what Sh Yaqubi said. The Sheikh also taught the Shamail in Birmingham, England. It was an experience to remember.
Girtey hain sheh sawar hi meydaan e jang me, wo tifl kya girey jo ghutno ke bhal chaley
But the main thing is "love", lets learn more about him, so in turn, that wil make us love him more. How can we claim to love someone, that we don't know. And if we really and truly love someone, than we wil not find it hard to follow them, and listen to all they say, without no reservation.
Request of your duas..
Silence Is Golden....!