The best known and accepted of these hadith are attributed to The Holy Prophet Muhammad's (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam) son-in-law and cousin Sayyidina Ali RadiAllahu 'Anhu. Another well-known description is attributed to a woman named Umm Ma'bad RadiAllahu 'Anhu. Other descriptions are attributed to Hazrat Aisha RadiAllahu 'Anha, Sayyidina `Abd Allah ibn `Abbas RadiAllahu 'Anhu, Sayyidina Abu Hurairah RadiAllahu 'Anhu and Sayyidina Hasan ibn Ali RadiAllahu 'Anhu. While shama'il lists the physical and spiritual characteristics of The Noble Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam in simple prose, in hilye these are written about in a literary style. Among other descriptive Shama'il text are the Dala'il al-Nubuwwah of Al-Bayhaqi, Tarih-i Isfahan of Abu Naeem Isfahani, Al-Wafa bi Fadha’il al-Mustafa of Abu'l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi and Al-Shifa of Qadi Ayyad are the main shemaa-il and hilya books.
An Urdu translation and commentary, Khasa'il-i Nabawi was written by Muhammad Zakariya al-Kandahlawi.
An English translation and commentary, "A Commentary on the Depiction of Prophet Muhammad" (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam) was published in 2015.