(Photo: Artistic impression of prophet Muhammad, one of the historical photos)
In the Christian religion, you may find various artistic impressions of their prophets. Some even go to the extent of creating statues for them.
For most Muslims, this is highly forbidden. Muhammad, or any of the other prophets of Islam, should not be pictured in any way. It is worth noting that there is no explicit ban in the Koran on images of Allah or the Prophet Muhammad whether painted, drawn or carved.
However, Quran 42:11 suggests that Allah is the originator of the heavens and the earth. Therefore, there is nothing like a likeness of Him. Here are a few reasons why this practice is prohibited:
1. Pictures and statues are thought to encourage the worship of idols.
Islamic religion holds that only Allah is worthy of worship. Any depiction of him in form of art or statue would definitely lead some people to worship the works of art instead of centering their worship on Allah. Rather than figurative art, the distinct forms in Islamic art have always been swirling patterns, geometric or calligraphic.
2. Muhammad and the prophets are considered infallible and are regarded with honor
It is accepted by all Islamic authorities that the Prophet Muhammad and all the other prophets cannot be drawn and cannot be produced in pictures. This is because according to Islamic faith, they are infallible individuals, role models and therefore should not be presented in any manner that might cause disrespect for them. To attempt such a thing is seen as an insult to Allah.
Do you have any other reason why they depict their prophets in pictures and other forms of art? Feel free to share in the comments section. What is your opinion on the same?
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