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Acting as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a Film?

“Whosoever intentionally lies regarding me, so let him take his place in Hell.”

Source : ShafiiFiqh / 15 May 2014


There is a website which claims that there is a difference of opinion about whether people can act as any of the Prophets in movies, whether the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, or other Prophets (peace be upon them). Is this true?


wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

Shaykh Ibrahim al-Bajuri said, “Believing that the outward qualities [mahasin zahirah] that were manifest in the body of the Prophet (sallaAllahu alayhie wa sallam) have never been manifest in another, this is from the intactness of faith [iman]. And with that, it was never displayed from him (sallaAllahu alayhie wa sallam) entirely; as if it was, eyes would not have been able to bear seeing him (sallaAllahu alayhie wa sallam).” (al-Mawahib al-Luduniyyah 34)

One major problem in this is that any actor who would portray the Prophet Muhammad (sallaAllahu alayhie wa sallam) would not be able to resemble him in truth, and the Prophet (sallaAllahu alayhie wa sallam) said, “Whosoever intentionally lies regarding me, so let him take his place in Hell.” This hadith is well-established and a clear proof.

Here, falsifying details regarding the Prophets (alayhium al-salam) goes beyond how historically accurate a movie was regarding events in their lives, and it includes their very beings [surah/dhat] being portrayed by an actor. It is impossible for anyone to accurately portray a Prophet; the difference between one with the nur al-nubuwwat and one without needs no explanation. It is “kadhib” and is thus unlawful.

In Ghayat al-Sul 294, Ibn al-Mulaqqin mentioned that according to the vast majority of scholars, to intentionally falsify something regarding the Nabi (sallaAllahu alayhie wa sallam) is a major sin [kabirah], and the minority who maintained a differing view, like Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Juwayni, said it is disbelief [kufr].

And Allah knows best.


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