Portrait of Yusuf Ibn Tashfin

Swarthy complexion, medium build, thin, light beard, soft voice, black eyes, aquiline nose, hair
reaching down to the earlobes after Muhammad, eyebrows meeting on the bridge of the nose,
frizzy hair. He was courageous, impressive, active, constantly occupied of the affairs of the state
and the interests of his cities and subjects, taking good care of the upkeep of his fortresses and
always ready for the holy war and so God supported him and granted him victory. Generous,
compassionate, he shunned world pleasures; austere, just and holy, he was modest in his dress
however great the power God granted him: he never wore anything but wool. He fed on barley,
meat and camel milk and kept to this staple without fail to the time of his death.