Thou shalt not make graven images in Islam

Why does Islam forbid images of God or the Prophet?

*****download*******(cartoon that is claimed was the basis for the murder of Nahed Hattar

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In some ways, early Muslims were reacting to Christianity, which they believed had been led astray by conceiving of Christ not as a man but as a God. They did not want the same thing to happen to Mohammed.

“The prophet himself was aware that if people saw his face portrayed by people, they would soon start worshiping him,” Akbar Ahmed, who chairs the Islamic Studies department at American University, told CNN. “So he himself spoke against such images, saying ‘I’m just a man.’ “
In a bitter irony, the recent violent attacks against portrayals of the prophet are kind of reverse idol-worship, revering — and killing for — the absence of an image, said Hussein Rashid, a professor of Islamic studies at Hofstra University in New York.
While the Quran does not explicitly prohibit depictions of Mohammad, most contemporary Muslims worldwide abide by the ban, based largely on religious rulings by Islamic scholars.

1 comment to Thou shalt not make graven images in Islam

  • nenio

    And then there are the fundamentalists, like this Egyptian commentator who applauded the killing…

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/28/egyptian-journalist-cheers-secular-writers-assassination-on-television/?wpisrc=nl_wv&wpmm=1

    Perhaps it’s past time to put out a fatwa on those who encourage the killing of others for blasphemy…that is for making jokes, cartoons, writings or jesting at religious dogma, traditions, sayings, and all that ancient foolishness. We can do space travel, we can do heart transplants, we are not all living in some agrarian limited tribe on the edge of a desert, and bound by knowledge and -beliefs- from stuff which MAY have happened two thousand years ago ! – but for which there is not a single shred of documented evidence.

    People can -believe- whatever the hell they want to in their own dwellings whether it’s Aliens, Santa Claus, Angels, or Devils; but to force others under pain of DEATH for not also -believing- and participating in the dogma in public life which goes with it, is an abomination, which should be punished by civil law and authority.

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