Quranaissance on Depictions on the Prophet

by Dr Fawad Ahmad, please ‘like’ his blog here.

Cultural taboos prevent Muslims from creating religious imagery. The Quran does not forbid any art form such as sculpting, painting, etc. Diverse Muslim civilizations had even depicted Prophet Muhammad (S) and other holy figures in every art form imaginable for over a millennium. Over the past two centuries, the puritanical strain of Islam, Wahhabism seized the religious narrative and has all but obliterated an otherwise rich Islamic Art tradition. The negative influence of Wahhabism has been such that even many “moderate” Muslims avoid much of the Arts or live with a “guilt trip”, and virtually all shun religious depictions.

7:32 Say, “Who has forbidden the beauty and nice things God has brought forth for His servants, and the pure clean things of your choice?”

As to the depiction of religious figures, there is one restriction in the Quran that could be applied, and ironically enough, it is against blaspheming others’ religions:

6:108: “O Believers! Insult not the idols they set up besides God…”

By not allowing images of the Prophet (S) in story books, cartoons, and movies, have we not damaged our ability to communicate Islam to non-Muslims and our children? Also, just imagine the different storyline if Muslims had responded with their own positive cartoons against Charlie Hebdo! visit http://www.facebook.com/quranaissance to share…

(pictured: 17th century Turkish depiction of Prophet Muhammad (S))

Was Jinnah A Quranist?

jinnah quranist

No Messenger or Prophet was or could be Killed!

No messenger/Nabi was/could be murdered or crucified

Describing about Bani Israeel in the Quran it has come many time often YAQTOLOON UN NABEYYEENA BEGHAIRE HAQQ (2/61), They used to kill Nabi without their sins/unjustified. Tafseer of Rawayaat have accepted hundreds ,thousands murder of Nabi by the hands of Bani Israeel.(Ref, Tafseer Naeemi of Sura Al Baqar Page no. 287 has been written) that Bani Israeel had killed once seventy Nabiees.. The question rises ;if it is correct that Allah sent Nabi and Bani Israeel used to kill them The promise of Allah with very firm commitment about the UNMIYAA/Nabi with NOON Mushaddada
سُوۡرَةُ المجَادلة

ڪَتَبَ ٱللَّهُ لَأَغۡلِبَنَّ أَنَا۟ وَرُسُلِىٓ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ قَوِىٌّ عَزِيزٌ۬ (٢١)58/21
It is Allah ‘s decree (The Law) that in the tussle between the good and evil, good will prevail. Allah’s messenger shall ultimately be victorious and successful .This is the decree of Allah ,who is almighty and all – powerful, It is just not possible for any power on earth to defeat it.
Keeping in view of the above verse no messenger/Nabi was killed or crucified. If it had so happened the people could say that Allah could not save his nominated persons/Nabi/messenger.
أَنَا۟ وَرُسُلِىٓ
أَنَا۟( معطوف عليه) means Allah and(رُسُلِىٓ/ معطوف) His messengers are connected at once.
If Allah can be captured /MAGHLOOB مغلوب His messengers can also be captured/MAGHLOOBمغلوب.
Similarly if Allah can be MAQTOOLمقتول/murdered/killed then His messengers can also be MAQTOOLمقتول/killed/murdered.
Since Allah cannot be MAGHLOOBمغلوب/MAQTOOLمقتول/Murdered/killed ;therefore His messengers/Nabi cannot be MAGHLOOBمغلوب/MAQTOOLمقتول/killed/murdered.
The arguing person argue that the Maghloob can’t be Maqtool and brings reason ;if the Muslim had won in any war but the leader/chief/Ameer was killed . Does it not mean victory?
It seems genuine but the complete history of GHALBA e Unbiyaa consists on the following two aspects:-
1- Either Unmbiyaa had defeated the enemy in the battle field like the last messenger Muhammad and Masssih/Jesus PBUH.
2- But if the opponents were powerful because of their material ; then Allah helped the messengers to overcome the opponents. Sometime sending storm which finished the opponents from the earth. After which the belongings and wealth of the enemies came in possession of the messengers.
Messenger Nooh become victorious:-
No rich person joined him but only the oppressed (have not) people took shelter/refuge under his affection .But the leaders of the nation said:-
سُوۡرَةُ هُود

فَقَالَ ٱلۡمَلَأُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِن قَوۡمِهِۦ مَا نَرَٮٰكَ إِلَّا بَشَرً۬ا مِّثۡلَنَا وَمَا نَرَٮٰكَ ٱتَّبَعَكَ إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ هُمۡ أَرَاذِلُنَا بَادِىَ ٱلرَّأۡىِ وَمَا نَرَىٰ لَكُمۡ عَلَيۡنَا مِن فَضۡلِۭ بَلۡ نَظُنُّكُمۡ كَـٰذِبِينَ (٢٧)
O Nooh! (PBUH) we see you just like our own person / بَشَرً۬ا. We have seen that only the inferior people have followed you who are our contingents/inferiors who have no say. We do not see your superiority comparing us. You are all lying. Having such situation Allah decided a storm for the opponents.. Ordered Nooh PBUH to prepare a boat.
صۡنَعُ ٱلۡفُلۡكَ وَڪُلَّمَا مَرَّ عَلَيۡهِ مَلَأٌ۬ مِّن قَوۡمِهِۦ سَخِرُواْ مِنۡهُ‌ۚ قَالَ إِن تَسۡخَرُواْ مِنَّا فَإِنَّا نَسۡخَرُ مِنكُمۡ كَمَا تَسۡخَرُونَ (٣٨) When they used to pass by that boat ;they used to

Ridicule/laugh at that boat. Now tell us! No rich man
Participated with him .No materialistic support; but they could not

kill Nooh. Never! but they were drowned before him. in the Divine disaster/storm. Allah proved his promise ۟
لَأَغۡلِبَنَّ أَنَا۟ وَرُسُلِىٓ‌ۚ Positively Me and my messengers will be successful/victorious.
Messenger LOT/Loot became predominant /mighty.:-
Messenger Lot/Loot was having the weakest position materialistically.. So much so the nation had said “no Body should come to you !When the messengers of Allah brought chastisement/discipline to them; they said. سُوۡرَةُ الحِجر

قَالُوٓاْ أَوَلَمۡ نَنۡهَكَ عَنِ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ (٧٠) 15/70
Had we not forbid you “No people should come to you”
Being helpless He/LOOT said سُوۡرَةُ هُود

قَالَ لَوۡ أَنَّ لِى بِكُمۡ قُوَّةً أَوۡ ءَاوِىٓ إِلَىٰ رُكۡنٍ۬ شَدِيدٍ۬ (٨٠)
Alas! I had power against you or I had a refuge of sound shelter!
In spite of such helpless condition; was the messenger of Allah killed or overcome?
Allah pulled LOOT,PBUH and all his associates out of the village and stoned to death the whole valley. In very critical stage Allah fulfilled his commitment/promise.
لَأَغۡلِبَنَّ أَنَا۟ وَرُسُلِىٓ‌ۚ Positively Me and my messengers will be successful/victorious.