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Pictural Images of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)


Dear scholars! Why can I not find an image of Muhammad the Prophet? I wish one for my son’s report on the religion of Islam. Thanks in advance.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we are greatly pleased to receive your question which shows the confidence you place in us. May Allah reward you abundantly for your interest in knowing the teachings of Islam!

In his response to the question in point, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, former President of the Islamic Society of North America, states:

“Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) forbade his followers to make the images of living beings whether human or animals. The images of pious and religious figures were often worshiped by many people in Arabia as well as in other cultures and societies. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was very conscious that these images lead to idolatry. He always wanted to remind his followers to keep their faith in Allah pure from any idolatry or image worship.

It is for this reason that we do not have any picturial image of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), but we have a lot of details available about his personality, appearance and his character. There is a whole genre of literature that is known as “Shama’il an-Nabi“, which means the physical appearance of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The companions of the Prophet have given us a full verbal discription, so you can look at some of those books to satisfy your curiousity in this matter.”

You can also read:

Prophet Muhammad: An Exalted Example of Character

Muhammad: The Man & The Message


Allah Almighty knows best.





Muzammil Siddiqi