CNN: Why Islam forbids images of Mohammed

“Left, ‘No Woman, No Cry,’ (1998); right, ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’ (1996), which caused outrage with its depiction of a black Madonna with her right breast replaced by a clump of elephant dung, surrounded by putti formed by images from pornographic magazines.”—photo caption, New York Times website, Oct. 31, 2014 (screen shot of photo above)

Violence over depictions of the Prophet Mohammed may mystify many non-Muslims, but it speaks to a central tenet of Islam: the worship of God alone.

The prohibition began as an attempt to ward off idol worship, which was widespread in Islam’s Arabian birthplace. But in recent years, that prohibition has taken on a deadly edge.

A central tenet of Islam is that Mohammed was a man, not God, and that portraying him could lead to revering him in lieu of Allah.

“It’s all rooted in the notion of idol worship,” Akbar Ahmed, who chairs the Islamic Studies department at American University told CNN. “In Islam, the notion of God versus any depiction of God or any sacred figure is very strong”…

CNN is missing the point. Who cares why?

The MSM is more than happy to ridicule Christianity. Quite apart from free speech considerations, it’s the double standards of the MSM that annoy me.   The elephant dung picture may have caused outrage, but NYT still has the image on display at the link.

  • Thermblog

    Well I’m just an ignant fule and too lazy to look it up BUT: I seem to recall that Shunni and Sia Islam have different viewpoints about images of the Proph. For one group it is a no-no, for the other, meh. (The Danish croutons were shown in an Egyptian paper before all the fuss but everyone forgot to riot. One wonders……)

    Also, digging back in my memory, there is a thing about The Juice being anti-idolatry, but they never seem to go non-linear on outsiders violating the rules; actually they seem rather clam about it altogether.

    As you say BCF, CNN is missing the point.

    • mobuyus

      I don’t know if the Juice was anti-idolatry but I know he killed his wife and her lover.

      • Waffle

        He wasn’t her lover. He was the pizza delivery man or something like that. Wrong place, wrong time.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Just a waiter, dropping off a pair of eye glasses that Nichole Simpson’s mom had accidentally left behind at the Mezzaluna restaurant.
          Wrong place, wrong time, wrong end of O.J.

    • winniec

      The point is that whoever even suggests imperfection in Mohammed must be murdered. Every single Muslim is authorized to murder a blasphemer with impunity.
      Look it up in Sharia law, sonny.
      Do something to defend YOUR freedom and that of YOUR generation before the Muslims try to steal it from you.

      • Thermblog

        Well, winniec (any relation to Winnie M?) I was hardly providing a defence of Islamists, but thanks for calling me “sonny.” At my age, that helps.

  • winniec

    It’s possible that the real Mohammed was exceedingly repulsive. A hadith recounts that an Arab said, ‘Your prophet is a fat, little troll.’
    It’s possible the prescription to draw Mohammed came from him due to his embarrassment over his appearance.

  • Clausewitz

    I’m figuring that Moe the molester didn’t want his image published because he knew that it would end up at what passed the for mail system back then on the wall with The Ten Most Wanted List.

    • Frau Katze

      Quite possible!

    • Justin St.Denis

      Caroline Kennedy: My daddy is prez-i-dent / What does your daddy do?

      Aisha: He married me when I was six / Thighed me till I was nine / He didn’t care that I was sick / And crying all the time

      How do you get around shit like that, Achmed? Treating kids like sex toys and women like shit. And the pussy mutilation! What the fuck!?!

  • tom_billesley

    So if a kaffir draws a cartoon of mahomet as a randy old paedophile, it’ll cause muslims to abandon Allah and begin worshipping mahomet instead. I can understand that muslims would do that. They’d have an affinity for that sort of a god.

    • Martin B

      “A central tenet of Islam is that Mohammed was a man, not God, and portraying him could lead to revering him in lieu of Allah”

      By its very nature, this tenet of Islam is utterly meaningless to infidels, to whom Mohammed was neither God or prophet, but just a dead pedophile in the desert. No one @CNN thought of this, in their haste to make excuses for mass murderers.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Furthermore, it is impossible for me – a Christian – to commit blasphemy against islam. I can only blaspheme against my own Christian faith. Similarly, I do not regard anything a muslim says about my Christian faith to be blasphemous given that it comes from a muslim!

  • Martin B

    Islam forbids a great many things, among them pork, alcohol and eating anything or drinking even a sip of water from dusk to dawn during Ramadan, which happens to fall on July this year. I can’t wait for the entire staff of CNN to fast away a whole long hot summer month in Atlanta just so they don’t offend any Muzz who may be watching.

  • David Murrell

    CNN is dumb at whatever it tries to cover. I channel surfed on to it at 6 pm Eastern, with Wolf Blitzer hosting, thinking this moribund news channel might lead off on the latest on the Garland anti-free-speech shootings. But, it turns out that a black suspect’s gun went off, when Baltimore police were trying to arrest him. To the corrupt CNN, this was BREAKING NEWS, so Mr. Blitzer allocated 35 minutes of his “Situation Room” show interviewing one whining black commentator after another — whining about why blacks in Baltimore are “disadvantaged” and other such rot.

    So here we have CNN, supposedly the world’s newscaster, devoting 35 minutes to an incident where someone’s pistol accidently goes off. Amazing. I am not making this up.

  • Xavier

    How many people died from that elephant dung?

    • Frau Katze

      None AFAIK.

  • just a thought
  • BillyHW

    I’m sorry, but can anyone remember the last time that CNN broadcast lectures on the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    CNN educating people about Islam?

    Da’wah, plain and simple.

    Send in the clowns!

  • Alain

    Why Islam forbids whatever is totally irrelevant in any none Muslim country founded on freedom. I don’t care what Islam forbids or accepts.

  • There are several images of Mohammad in mosques and various texts.

    For some reason, they are not banned.

    Logic fail, as they say.

    • Justin St.Denis

      All things islamic have that tendency. To fail, I mean.