Archive of Images of Muhammad

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Archives of Images of Muhammad

These images of Muhammad the Prophet have been accepted in the past.


Medieval Muslim artists often created paintings and illuminated manuscripts depicting Mohammed in full. In 1999, Islamic art expert Wijdan Ali wrote a scholarly overview of the Muslim tradition of depicting Mohammed.  In that essay, Ali demonstrates that the prohibition against depicting Mohammed did not arise until as late as the 16th or 17th century, despite the media’s recent false claims that it has always been forbidden for Muslims to draw Mohammed. Until comparatively recently in Islamic history, it was perfectly common to show Mohammed, either in full (as revealed on this page), or with his face hidden. Even after the 17th century, up to modern times, Islamic depictions of Mohammed (especially in Shi’ite areas) continued to be produced. 
So the reasons for the banning of images of the Prophet Muhammad in recent times, is a recent diktat   for some misconceived exclusivity of some Islamic religious leaders. 
Below is a selection of images to illustrate that Islam was rich with religious images of the Prophet Muhammad and it is a shame that this has now been banned.

Mohammed (far right) and the Archangel Gabriel standing in front of a giant angel. From the Miraj-name, Tabriz (c. 1360-70). In the Topkapi Palace Library, Istanbul.
Mohammed presented to the monk Abd al Muttalib and the inhabitants of Mecca. 18th century Ottoman copy of a supposedly 8th century original. Now located in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul.
Mohammed, flying over Paradise, looks at the houris harvesting flowers and enjoying themselves. Persian, 15th century.
Another version of the previous drawing (almost exactly the same, but with minor differences) , this one taken from a 13th-century Persian manuscript (most likely a different edition of al-Biruni’s The Remaining Signs of Past Centuries) housed at the Edinburgh University Library, Scotland.
This 20th-century painting from a Shriners’ Hall in Maine shows Mohammed receiving a vision.
Painting of Mohammed preaching. By Russian artist Grigory Gagarin, painted sometime in the 1840s or 1850s.
Mohammed at Mecca, by Andreas Muller, late 19th century; this is a photogravure reproduction printed in 1889; the original is in the Maximilianeum Gallery, Munich. Mohammed is the one on the camel, and is depicted casting the idols out of the Kaaba.
The North Frieze on the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC features a bas-relief sculpture of Mohammed, among several other historical law-givers. He is in the center of this image holding a curved scimitar; on the left is Charlemagne, and on the right is Byzantine Emperor Justinian
cigarette card showing an artist’s impression of Mohammed, manufactured by the Ogden Cigarette company, printed sometime around the turn of the 20th century.


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