Response to : Are Pictures of Muhammad Really Forbidden In Islam?
by Saif min Suyufillah
Prohibition of making pictures.
I purchased a cushion with pictures on it. The Prophet (came and) stood at the door but did not enter. I said (to him), “I repent to Allah for what (the guilt) I have done.” He said, “What is this cushion?” I said, “It is for you to sit on and recline on.” He said, “The makers of these pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection and it will be said to them, ‘Make alive what you have created.’ Moreover, the angels do not enter a house where there are pictures.'”(Bukhari 5957)
Pictures are strictly discouraged.
The Prophet s.a.w.w. said, “Angels do not enter a house that has either a dog or a picture in it.”(Sahih Bukhari 3322)
Mirrors are allowed and even there is a supplication when one looks into a mirror.Mirrors show the reflected image of a person and same does the camera which captures the reflected image of the person.
It means photos and videos are allowed.(Many Ulema are not against them).
Regarding the pictures of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.w.,definitely there is no one today who has seen Him so that he could paint him.
It was just to make fun.The competition was of cartoons.
Do you want people to make cartoons of Jesus a.s.?To create an event where there would be cartoon competition of Prophet Jesus a.s. or Mary a.s.?
Does it sound reasonable?No.It was simply the outcome of some seriously ill psychiatric patients.
Same is for Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.w.