CHAPTER: THE QUALITIES OF ALLAAH'S APOSTLE (SALLALLAAHU ALAYHI WA SALLAM) AND AGE WHEN HE WAS GIVEN THE MINISTRY OF APOSTLEHOOD AND THE DURATION OF HIS LIFE.
Anas b. Malik reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) was neither very conspicuously tall nor short-statured, and his color was neither glaringly white nor brown; his hair was neither very curly nor very straight; Allaah commissioned him (as a Prophet) when he had reached the age of forty years, and he stayed in Mecca for ten years and for ten years in Medina; Allaah took him away when he had just reached the age of sixty, and there had not been twenty white hair in his head and beard.
This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Anas b. Malik with this addition that instead of the word al-Amhaq there is the word Azhar.
Anas b. Malik reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) died when he was sixty-three years old, and so was the case with Abu Bakr, and so was the case with Umar who was also sixty-three (when he died).
'A'isha reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) died when he had attained the age of sixty-three. And a hadith like this had been transmitted on the authority of Sa'id b. Musayyib.
This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Ibn Shihab through the same chain of transmitters.