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    The Reason Why There is no Picture of the Prophet (SAW)

    Question:
    why is it that there isn't a picture available of the prophet Muhammed
    [pbuh] anywhere in the world?

    Answer:
    Praise be to Allaah.

    Islam came to prevent all means that may lead to shirk or the
    association of others in worship with Allaah. Among these means is
    the making of images, so sharee'ah forbids making images, and curses
    the one who does that, and a strong warning is issued to the one who
    does that. It was narrated from `Aa'ishah the Mother of the Believers
    that Umm Habeebah and Umm Salamah mentioned a church that they had
    seen in Abyssinia, in which there were images. They mentioned it to
    the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and he
    said: "Those people, if there was a righteous man among them and he
    died, they would build a place of worship over his grave and put
    those images in it. They will be among the most evil of creation
    before Allaah on the Day of Resurrection." (narrated by al-Bukhaari,
    al-Salaah, 409).

    It was narrated that `Aa'ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her)
    said: "The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
    him) came back from a journey and I had placed a curtain of mine that
    had pictures on it over (the door of) a room of mine. When the
    Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw
    it, he tore it and said, `The people who will receive the severest
    punishment on the Day of Resurrection will be those who try to make
    the like of Allaah's creation.' So we turned it (the curtain) into
    one or two cushions." (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Libaas, 5498).

    It was narrated that `Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood said: "I heard the
    Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: `The people
    who will be most severely punished on the Day of Resurrection will be
    the image-makers.'" (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Libaas, 5494).

    So how could he grant permission to make a picture of him? Hence none
    of the Sahaabah dared to make a picture or image of him, because they
    knew the ruling that doing so was haraam.

    Allaah warns against exaggeration, as He says (interpretation of the
    meaning):

    "O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in
    your religion"

    [al-Nisaa' 4:171]

    And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) warned
    against doing anything that may involve exceeding the limits
    concerning him (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). He
    said: "Do not exaggerate about me as the Christians exaggerated about
    the son of Maryam, for I am just a slave, so say `The slave of Allaah
    and His Messenger.'" (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, Ahaadeeth al-Anbiya',
    3189).

    Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Wahhaab wrote a chapter entitled "Maa
    jaa'a `an sabab kufr Bani Adam huwa al-ghulw fi'l-saaliheen (What was
    narrated stating that the reason for the kufr of the sons of Adam was
    their exaggeration concerning the righteous).", in which he said: "In
    al-Saheeh it is narrated that Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with
    him) said, concerning the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

    `"And they have said: `You shall not leave your gods, nor shall you
    leave Wadd, nor Suwaa`, nor Yaghooth, nor Ya`ooq nor Nasr' (these are
    the names of their idols).'

    [Nooh 71:23]

    "These were the names of righteous men among the people of Nooh.
    When they died, the Shaytaan inspired their people to set up stone
    altars in the places where they used to sit, and call them by their
    names. They did that but they did not worship them, until those
    people died, then the knowledge was forgotten and they were
    worshipped."

    Ibn al-Qayyim said: "More than one of the salaf said: `when they
    died, the people started to frequent their graves, then they made
    statues of them, then as time passed they started to worship them."
    (Fath al-Majeed Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed by `Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Hasan,
    p. 219)

    For this reason there are no pictures of the Prophet (peace and
    blessings of Allaah be upon him), because he forbade doing that, lest
    it lead to shirk.

    The implication of the testimony that Muhammad is the Messenger of
    Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is that we believe
    in him and in the message that he brought, even though there are no
    pictures of him. The believers do not need a picture of him in order
    to follow him. The description of him that is given in the saheeh
    reports means that we have no need of his picture. Among the
    descriptions of him (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that
    have been narrated are the following:

    1-He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was
    the most handsome of face of all people.

    2-He had wide shoulders.

    3-He was neither tall nor short (of average height).

    4-He had a round face with a ruddy complexion.

    5-His eyes were intensely black.

    6-He had long eyelashes.

    7- He was the Seal of the Prophets, the most generous of people in
    giving, he was the most forbearing and content of all people, he was
    the most sincere in speech of all people, he had the gentlest nature
    of all people and was the most easy-going with others. Those who saw
    him suddenly stood in awe of him and those who mized with him came to
    love him. Those who described him said they had never seen anyone
    like him before or since."

    See Sunan al-Tirmidhi, al-Manaaqib, 3571 and other books of Sunnah
    which give descriptions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
    be upon him).

    Undoubtedly the believers wish that they could have met the Prophet
    (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Hence it says in the
    hadeeth narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him)
    that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
    him) said: "The people most loved by me among my ummah will be those
    who would come after me, but every one amongst them would have the
    keenest desire to catch a glimpse of me even at the expense of his
    family and his wealth." (Narrated by Muslim, al-Jannah wa Sifat
    Na'eemihaa, 5060). Undoubtedly love of the Prophet (peace and
    blessings of Allaah be upon him) and following him are the means of
    being brought together with him in Paradise. Part of loving him
    (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is seeing him in a dream,
    which means seeing him in his real form. It was reported that Abu
    Hurayrah said: "I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be
    upon him) say: `Whoever sees me in a dream will see me when he is
    awake, for the Shaytaan cannot take my form.'" Abu `Abd-Allaah said,
    Ibn Seereen said: this applies if one sees him in his true form.
    (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Ta'beer, 6478).

    And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah bless our Prophet
    Muhammad.

    Islam Q&A
    Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid (www.islam-qa.com)

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    (11:55-56)

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    #2
    jazakallah khairun

    actually there is no picture of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) but some anti islamic elements have drawn his portrait and it is being published!!!!...it came to me thru fwds...i dunno how to put this in images section but i wanted to tell u all abt it...if anybody knows how exactly to put an image here which has cum thru fwds do tell me...plzzzzzzz.

    [This message has been edited by enchanted (edited June 13, 2002).]

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      #3
      I have seen ancient persian paintings which depict the prophet. The generally show him with a fore around his head. Other paintings just show the fire and no face.

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