Representation of the Human Form in Islam
By Ibn Warraq
While the Qur’an does condemn idolatry (see Sura V.90, XXI.52), there are no explicit interdictions on the representations of human figures. There are, however, numerous Hadiths (the sayings and deeds of the Prophet) that are often interpreted as prohibiting the depiction of living creatures.
Yet a contradictory story is to be found in an equally revered account of the life of the Prophet, the Sira of Ibn Ishaq, as preserved by Azraqi (died 858 c.e.)—which recounts how Muhammad preserved portraits of Jesus and Mary from destruction, and the Tabaqat of Ibn Sa’d (died ca. 845 c.e.), which tells us that on one occasion the Prophet Muhammad found his young bride Aisha playing with her dolls. He asked her what they were, and, on being told they were King Solomon’s horsemen, made no adverse observations and allowed her to continue playing with them.
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