Huh. I was pretty certain that he was allowed to be shown in “educational” type of depictions (like him as a person) but when there were Islamic paintings of him as a prophet his face was whited out.
I probably am mixed up though. That happens to me a lot with Islamic studies. Which probably explains the grade I have in that class. >.<
Well, there are always various sects of Islam, so perhaps in some of the less strict ones they’d allow that. I think that the Shi’a are more relaxed at times. Or those could be non-Muslim books that are just printed to teach about Islam.
The Quran itself doesn’t actually say anything one way or the other on the subject. Instead, the matter is addressed in hadith (sort of appendices to the Quran added at later dates) and fatwas (a judicial decision based on Sharia law). And whether a particular hadith or fatwa is accepted or ignored by a certain group of Muslims is somewhat arbitrary.
In any case, though, a very large percentage of Muslims do adhere to the rules that you simply cannot show any images at all representing Muhammad, his associates, and so on. Heck, many ban drawings or artwork of people or animals at all, and limit their art to images of plants or of pretty patterns.
On a different note, is it just me or do the words “the Matrix” stick out very strangely in an article about Mohammad?
Yes, it’s just you that sticks out very strangely.