Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mohammad Image of the Day

In 1999, Islamic art expert Wijdan Ali wrote a scholarly overview of the Muslim tradition of depicting Mohammad.  In that essay, Ali demonstrates that the prohibition against depicting Mohammad did not start to arise until as late as the 16th or 17th century, despite the media's continuing false claims that it has always been forbidden for Muslims to draw Mohammad.  Until comparatively recently in Islamic history, depictions of Mohammad (especially in Shi'ite areas) continued to be produced. 

Mohammed receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel (or as I believe a fallen angel). Miniature illustration on vellum from the book Jami' al-Tawarikh (literally "Compendium of Chronicles" but often referred to as The Universal History or History of the World), by Rashid al-Din, published in Tabriz, Persia, 1307 A.D. Now in the collection of the Edinburgh University Library, Scotland
(images via Mohammed Image Archive)

Islam swept the Arabian Peninsula, and later most of the ancient world with the blade of the sword.  With it's founder's prophetic words and instructions, it's history filled with forced conversion and violence unlike any religion know to man. Present world events show us the legacy of the boy who suffered seizures, fell under the influence of supposed angelic (?) visions and took children as wives, has once again raised it's twisted bloodthirsty ideology to scourge civilized man .