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Discourse for Muslims concerned with artistic works.
It’s important to note that there is no verse of the Qur’an that forbids the creation of living images (paintings, photographs, etc). It does however prohibit equating them with God. The age old debate about art was settled long ago and has been since forgotten by large numbers of misinformed Muslims.
The debate about images stems from the hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), all of which are commonly taken out of context of the Qur’an and Shari’ah (Islamic Law) during the earliest times of the Islamic empire. It is important to remember that:
1) God in the Qur’an does not concern himself with the creation of images, except in the cases where people begin to worship them.
2) The Umayyad Chaliphate 661CE – 750CE (the second to succeed the Prophet Muhammad and part of the 4 righteous Caliphates all Muslim scholars for 1400+ years base their jurisprudence on when making a fatwah) carried on artistic traditions from the time of the Prophet and became known as the single most formative period in history for Islamic Art, to include music, paintings, crafts, carving, architecture and much more. This Caliphate has set the precedent for what was (during the time of the Prophet) and is acceptable today.
With the above two facts, Muslims must acknowledge that any restriction on art in the hadith must be concerned with the intention (niyyah) of its creation, whether it is to be worshiped or just an enriching form or cultural identity.
If God in the Qur’an is not concerned with art in the Qur’an except when people worship the figures the artist created with the intention or knowledge that they are objects of worship, then surely this it is the same meaning of the authentic (sahih) hadith when it says:
Narrated Aisha: (mother of the faithful believers) I bought a cushion with pictures on it. When Allah’s Apostle saw it, he kept standing at the door and did not enter the house. I noticed the sign of disgust on his face, so I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! I repent to Allah and H is Apostle . (Please let me know) what sin I have done.” Allah’s Apostle said, “What about this cushion?” I replied, “I bought it for you to sit and recline on.” Allah’s Apostle said, “The painters (i.e. owners) of these pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection. It will be said to them, ‘Put life in what you have created (i.e. painted).’ ” The Prophet added, “The angels do not enter a house where there are pictures.” (Sahih Bukhari 3:34:318)
“Ibn ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said: Those who paint pictures would be punished on the Day of Resurrection and it would be said to them: Breathe soul into what you have created.” (Sahih Muslim 3:5268)