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Why is Mohammad (pbuh) Art a no-no?

Countless gods and goddesses, saints and prophets have been depicted in beautiful works of art.

Why is it that the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) cannot be depicted in art? I understand the "Chocolate Mohammad" was/could be disrespectful, but what about a beautiful painting or sculpture?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:22 PM on Jun. 8, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (7)
  • Muslims take the commandment not to make images or statues of any living thing very literally. Also, Muhammad did not want himself to be idolized, because he was just a messenger, so he didn't want people to worship him or his image. They also find it disrespectful to depict the Prophets, including Jesus and Abraham.


    Answer by .Eveningstar. at 5:46 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • i saw something on the news that said that Mohammad followers believe that any depictions of him, even those that are in favor of the prophet, are blasphemous. I could not tell you why. just that I saw this on the news.

    Answer by Noweah at 5:28 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • Muslims don't believe in creating images at all. The most beautiful tomb in the world is the Taj Mahal, yet there are no images on it anywhere. It is decorated with verses and tributes in the Arabic language, which is a beautiful decoration unto itself.

    Answer by witchqueen at 5:55 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • I disagree that the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:16 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • Its very true, in the 10 comandments it says not to make Idol worhip or to make images in God's Image that even goes to Prophets we follow that very with all other comandments... If you look at a pic of Jesus; you would hopefully know that Jesus did not really look like a white man with blue eyes and long wavy hair that was light in color...he was born in the Middle East, he would be darker skinned, darker hair, darker eyes and his hair would not be so long and flowy, Arabic hair is most of the time course...Just throwing that out there.....

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:40 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • ts not that its a no no, its just that in those days, when art was done it was to set up an idol.

    It still fits today, but not as making it a god so to speak, but being someone of earthly things and attachments.

    As a muslim you want to be free of earthly greed and wants and be as close to God as possible.

    I can tell you from expierience it is possible to return to innocence, but it goes away real quickly for those living and interacting in the modern world.


    Answer by IraqiVetWife at 10:02 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • Prophet Mohammad ordered the poeple not to take pictures of him or rather draw for fear that one day the people will turn to worship him as many people now do with all "gods, prophets, they believe in.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:40 AM on Jun. 12, 2010