In a series of YouTube videos, IQRA Cartoon gives a series of cartoons which describe the Prophets' lives. One example is Yunus (AS) - Prophet story (No Music) - Islamic Cartoon and this is an idea of what it looks like:

Prophet Yunus

We see that Prophet Yunus is blurred out, while the other characters are not. This holds throughout the videos, where characters are blurred out whenever they are Prophets.

For Is drawing people prohibited in Islam?, NesreenA answers "The Prophet SAAWS strictly prohibited the drawing of beings with souls" (see also Is downloading cartoon images Haram?).

The above cartoon series takes steps to blur out the Prophets, presumably because images of the Prophets are "more haram" in some way. I want to understand why there is a specific importance of the images of the Prophets over other beings with souls.

Question: Are images of the Prophets more haram than images of other beings with souls?


As far as I am aware, there aren't any explicit hadith which differentiate between images of a Prophet and other images. There are a spectrum of views on the topic and its perhaps more of a cultural taboo (or at best a matter of Taqwah) rather than a religious doctrine.

Drawing a Prophet is first of all considered a seed for idolatry and shirk, its thought that at some point people will start revering the depictions and may eventually start worshiping them.

Its also considered as disrespectful and degrading since the imagined figure will not be true to the likeness of a Prophet. The same extends to human actors depicting the Prophets in movies and serials.

The production houses take this viewpoint into account when making films about the Prophets. As far as I know there is no modern production that depicts the Prophet Muhammad(p.b.u.h). Some extend this respect to the major Sahabah (companions), for example The Message didn't depict Abu Bakr, Umar, Ali, Uthman and others. Some don't depict the Prophet but don't hesitate with the Sahabah, for example Umar depicted almost all of the sahabah. Iranian producers don't usually extend the prohibition to the previous Prophets ... they have made films on Joseph, Solomon and Abraham.

Further reading (opinions against depicting the Prophets and Sahabah):


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