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actually there really is no formal ban within islam on the drawings of mo and this whole idea of killing you for drawing him is somewhat new appearing around the last decade or so - why is that?

#136 | POSTED BY MUTANT AT 2015-05-30 07:41 AM

Actually, there is...and it is technically not just Islam that has this rule.

Drawing living things on a whole are frowned upon, and in certain schools of thought considered completely forbidden. Generally, the Prophets as a whole are off-limits (which includes all of the Judeo-Christian prophets), and especially Muhammad.

The reasoning is pretty straightforward. On one hand it is to prevent any prophet or living thing from being deified. On the other, there is an idea of reverence and sacredness.

Depictions of Muhammad are shunned upon to prevent Muslims from revering the Prophet to an extreme where he would have been considered a God, by placing his pictures in home or mosques and praying to him. This is what Muslims believe happened in the case of Jesus, and other cases of god-incarnates in history. If you've ever been to a mosque (at least not the new ones built by oil-rich countries), its interiors are actually very minimalist. At most you would see arabian calligraphy and geometrical patterns. God is not a person, but an entity that cannot be realized in human minds.

Islam is very much about strict monotheism, or realizing the truth about the Oneness of God - there is no room for multiple Gods or abstractions of Gods or avatars or incarnations.

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This is also why Jews didn't name angels or have an entity like a Devil separate from G-d; because people would worship them over G-d. We do see it with Jesus, Mother Mary, and Saints.

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