By Grace King
An unwritten ban in Islam sparked the anger of political terrorists who targeted the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, for its cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
It isn’t mentioned in the Quran, but a ban on depicting the prophet, even reverently, has been an unwritten rule passed down through the centuries, according to AP.
The belief that the prophet should not be depicted is from the teachings of Muslim scholars and interpreters over the centuries from collections of Hadeeth, sayings and actions of Muhammad, AP reported.
Tariq Khan, a member of the board of trustees at the American Islamic Association in Mokena, Illinois, said that Muslims just feel that the Prophet Muhammad wouldn’t want a likeness of him to be created.
“There is no confirmed information about the shape or the features of the Prophet… So nobody should come up with a painting or an image of him,” Iraqi Shiite cleric Fadhil al-Saadi told AP. “That would represent an insult to the status of the prophet.”
Khan said the attack in Paris was from misguided people. “I think our prophet, Muhammad, was a really kind and gracious person. In his life, people insulted him; he never reacted to those [people],” Khan said.
Terrorists like those who attacked Paris earlier this month are not doing justice to Islam or Muslims, according to Khan. “These kind of practices create a bigger divide instead of bringing people together,” he said.