I'm sick of being on the retarded team http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/books/05wiki.html?_r=2&ref=arts&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
An article about the Prophet Muhammad in the English-language Wikipedia has become the subject of an online protest in the last few weeks because of its representations of Muhammad, taken from medieval manuscripts.
I wish we had a religious equivalent of Australia. We could ship the loons there and then their descendants would create an enlightened civilization with cool slang and wicked senses of humor.
I suppose I should mention again that there is no insult to Islam whatsoever in depicting the Prophet SAW. In fact, Muslims have depicted the Prophet SAW throughout history. Here's one example (via sepoy), entitled "Muhammad and his companions" circa 17th century:
And non-muslims have also done so, not solely to offend but also to pay sincere homage, such as on the frieze of the United States Supreme Court honoring Muhammad SAW as a lawgiver:
so, frak off, you loons.
as-salaamu 'alaikum Aziz. The first photograph is not a depiction of Sayyidina Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). It is actually a depiction of Hazreti 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) according to what I've been taught.
I think you are probably right; I am switching it out with another. Still, the ban of representations also applies to Ali AS as well. I was just trying to provoke, really.
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