By S. A
Fri, 09, 23

Known as the Gentle Giant, Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918 – 1940) is the tallest verified person in recorded history....


Narrated Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib (R.A):


The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) forbade us to use seven things: He forbade using gold rings, silk, Istabraq [or] Dibaj (two kinds of silk), red Mayathir (silken carpets placed on saddles), Al-Qassiy (a kind of silken cloth), and silver utensils.

He ordered us to do seven other things: to pay a visit to the sick; to follow funeral processions; to say, “May Allah be merciful to you” to a sneezer if he says “Praise be to Allah”; to return greetings, to accept invitations; to help others to fulfil their oaths; and to help the oppressed ones.

Volume 7, Book 72, Number 753


The tallest person ever recorded was nearly 9 feet in height

Known as the Gentle Giant, Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918 – 1940) is the tallest verified person in recorded history. At 8 feet 11.1 inches in height, the American is the tallest man who has ever lived “of whom there is irrefutable evidence”.

Robert Wadlow (left) with his father
Robert Wadlow (left) with his father

An average newborn with a normal height and weight, Wadlow quickly started growing at a rapid rate due to hypertrophy of his pituitary gland – pituitary gigantism – a condition that caused him a number of medical issues. A septic blister on his right ankle caused by a poorly fitted leg brace resulted in his premature death at the age of 22. He was eventually honoured with a life-size statue in his home city in 1986.

The tallest living person in the world is Turkey’s Sultan Kösen (born in 1982), a now-40-year-old who stands 8 feet 2.82 inches tall. Also suffering from pituitary gigantism after his pituitary gland was damaged by a tumour, he received free life-saving treatment, starting in 2010, to stop his endless growth.

The tallest woman ever to be recorded in medical history is Zeng Jinlian (1964 – 1982) from China. She reached a height of 8 feet 1.75 inch before her death at age 17. The world’s tallest living woman is Turkish Rumeysa Gelgi (born in 1997) who has Weaver syndrome and is 7 feet 0.71 inches in height.

- S.A.