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In the Inferno section of Dante’s trilogy The Divine Comedy, Mohammed is described as being one of the “Sowers of Discord,” showing his entrails to Dante and Virgil in the Eighth Circle of Hell:

Inferno XXVIII, 19-42.

The poets are in the ninth
chasm of the eighth circle, that of the Sowers of
Discord, whose punishment is to be mutilated.
Mahomet shows his entrails to Dante and Virgil
while on the left stands his son Ali, his head cleft
from chin to forelock.

Several famous (and not-so-famous) artists have created their own illustrations of this scene. In each drawing, Mohammed is the one with his torso slit open.

The medieval drawing above of Mohammed (on the right in the image) showing his entrails to Dante and Virgil (on the left) is from one of the earliest surviving illustrated manuscripts of the Inferno, dating from the third quarter of the fourteenth century (1350-1375), and currently held in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England. The artist is unknown; the manuscript is known as “MS. Holkham misc. 48,” part of the Holkham manuscripts collection.

From: Stalkr2090
Subject: fuck you

fuck you kafir pieces of shit

get my new game HOLY WAR coming soon bitches….

see you when you die…

This picture is of an early Renaissance fresco in Bologna’s Church of San Petronio, created by Giovanni da Modena and depicting Mohammed being tortured in Hell.

In 2002, Islamic extremists plotted to blow up the church in order to destroy the image.

The fresco is in an inaccessible part of the church and is now only visible at an angle from a distance; this old black-and-white image is one of the few official photos ever taken that shows a straight frontal view of the figures.

I found this email to be remarkable in that the author thinks Mohammed is admirable and is in heaven because he had “only” 400 “total Kills.” Only 400? Truly a man of peace!

From: ahmed a. (Egypt)
Subject: Muslim Love Mohamed Last Prophet to world

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êî銂 ‚‡‡Œ ¾ Šò‹ ‚‡¾§’‡

In the Name of Allah

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1- Islamic religion respect all religions so why you always try to kill Islamic religion & Allah’s Prophet Mohamed.

2- Do you know that there is no body can enter to Paradise before Prophet Mohamed ?

do you know that total Kills for Prophet Mohamed at all wars were 400 Only. & you can count any another body.

3- Do you know that you try to Kill your prophet ? & Allah Get him up to Heaven ?

4- Do you know that Islamic religion is the REAL Religion ? & the Quoran is the only book form Allah & there is no changes in his words ?

5- Do you Know that Mohamed is the BEST & The KIND & the BETTER Man in the world from ADAM Till finish ?

êîé’ ‚‡‡Œ ¾ Šò‹ ‚‡¾§’‡

Speaking of which…

Chick Publications, the Christian publishing house famous for the campy free booklets it has distributed across the United States for decades, has issued several titles which featured drawings of Mohammed, all claiming that Islam was either inspired by the Devil, or concocted as a power-grab by the Catholic Church — or both. One of the booklets is called Men of Peace, drawn by Jack Chick himself, and which focuses on the diabolical origins of Islam. Here are three sample pages from Men of Peace:


Men of Peace, page 4.


Men of Peace, page 5.


Men of Peace, page 6.

The following two emails arrived just yesterday, and are the latest additions to the “Responses from Readers” page:

From: n. shareef (India)

you bastord how dare you to display the name of muhammed salle lahu alaihi wa sallam on others photo
do you know his image doesnt appear because GOD almighty ALLAH has not make others to remember his photo and draw his paintings……………
no one knows how he looks……..
you are the bloody rascal,bloody bugger,bastord,you all family has born as bastords that’s y u r doing such nonsense……………
i supplicates FROM ALLAH ALMIGHTY to deteriorate your life soon.AAMIN. its a curse from me and from all muslims and MIGHT BE its a reward for ur work frm ALLAH…………………………… DONT INTERFERE IN RELIGIOUS MATTER………………OTHERWISE YOU NEVER GET A CHANCE TO MEND YOUR GUILTS………………………….FUCK OFF BLOODY BASTORD……………….HOPE YOU NEVER DO IT AGAIN…..REMOVE MY PROHET MUHAMMED NAME ON OTHERS IMAGE………….OTHERWISE YOU LOOSE YOUR LOVEONE………………

Ten minutes later, apparently dissatisfied with the curses in his first communiqué, “n. shareef” sent this follow-up note detailing my upcoming rendezvous with eunuchs:

From: n. shareef (India)

i will depict your image…………………think it how it would be bastord……………..you self embarassed your self why i depict the prophet muhammed’s image………………..if you dont understood come to india i will make you to get fuck from eunuch……….ok bloody bastord…………….hav fuck with eunuchs

Detail of a Persian miniature from the mid-1500s depicting Mohammed (his face covered by a veil) ascending to Paradise astride the miraculous horse Buraq, surrounded by angels. In Islamic lore, this event is called the “Miraj,” or the Night Journey. From a miniature made to illustrate a copy of the poems of Nizami, called Nizami’s Khamsa (Five Poems). Tabriz, Persia, 1539-43. Currently housed in the British Library, London.

From: Mehmet Serhat A. (Turkey)
Subject: Shame On You

Shame on You!!!! Shame On You!!! Is it your contemporaneousness???!!! We respect all prophets of religions. Glorious Moses, Jesus, Jacop, Elijah, Joseph, David (Dawud), Salamon (as I know it is written as Jedidiah in the Bible) etc.

…Shame On You!!!!…Mercy!!!!!

Illustration depicting a schematized Mohammed illuminating an early medieval Latin translation of the Koran, from a manuscript in la Bibliotheque de l’Arsenal, in Paris. This may be the earliest known depiction of Mohammed, possibly dating from the mid-12th century. This reproduction is from the book Naissance de l’Europe, by Robert S. Lopez (published 1962) (taken from Deux traductions latines du Coran, by Marie-Therese D’Alverny [published 1948]).

Some of my hate mail is almost poetic:

From: Ashraf J. A. (Qatar)

What r u issuing of garbage about our prophet is your sick thinking, your empty soul, your dramatic destiny.

The entire controversy started when Danish author Kåre Bluitgen complained that he could not find an artist brave enought to illustrate his upcoming book about Mohammed. The newspaper Jyllands-Posten issued a call for submissions from any artists willing to take up the challenge. In the ensuing brouhaha, the original book was almost forgotten; it has now been released, and does feature page after page of Mohammed depictions. This site features scans of several of the pages, as does the “Face of Mohammed” blog, and the WikiIslam page. (This Danish blog also has some information about the release of the book.) The image above is a sample page taken from the book (titled Koranen og profeten Muhammeds liv, or The Koran and the life of the prophet Mohammed in English), which overall features dozens of drawings of Mohammed. The artist created the illustrations on one condition only: that he remain anonymous. This particular drawing depicts a bedraggled Mohammed in a cave seeing an apparition of the Angel Gabriel.

From: M. H.

u ar all of u how say that about profet mohamed and jezus you dont have mainds and i wel say we ar caming to kill al most of u whit bonb and whit hand and stret and evry wel becous you ar mor than animals.

Filibuster cartoons featured a comic that pointedly exposed the hypocrisy of the Islamic response.

From: Murtaza G.
Subject: All the best

Hi!!
This is Murtaza and I wish luck for all of those who have created this webpage. Please don’t take me wrong you will need all the luck from all your friend and family members as they see you burning in Hell for your acts.

I understand you have your rights and you can display and show what you want however what is displayed on your website will affect on a millions of people around the world as this is an act of coward ness you people were not able to do anything when your own President Mr. Bush whose house is run by our people in Saudi knew everything about 9/11 and still allowed you people to die as it was in his interest of making money from the Muslims.

You culture allows you to see your daughter and your wife naked and having sex with some one else in front of you and you say that it is Democracy to hell with this kind of freedom

I will certainly pray that all the people who have worked on this website goes to hell for good and also let other people learn about you so that very soon the complete of America is faced with situations like 9/11 in each and every state and city that you have.

This cartoon, originally from the Caric caricatures site, is a good example of a theme which has been explored in many recent Mohammed drawings: At what point does your creation become a picture of Mohammed? The first stroke? Not until you’re done? Or somewhere in between? Surely a paradox for philosophers to ponder.

Ever since receiving this warning, I’ve been on the lookout for “the Angle of Death”:

From: Abu M. (UK)
Subject: Wait for your Death

O infidels! Life of this world has decieved you, verily you have committed a grave sin. Just wait for the Angle of Death, you will find the Truth. Remember Hell fire is most Blazing, most Scorching. We Curse you, May Allah Punish you a Severe Punishment in both the Worlds.

This deceptive landscape appears to show Mohammed in the desert having visions of the erotic Islamic afterlife — but the desert is a woman’s body, the crescent moon is her belly-button, his turban is her pubic hair, and he’s emerging from her vagina. A full-size version of the drawing can be downloaded here.

This email never ceases to fascinate me, especially the part about “every jinn and man Muslims” and the colorful selection of verbs describing what he plans to do to my female family members:

From: tamim a.

Hey shit

You know what you are a bastard and also you are the one whose depicting the ones picture and making fun the one who is Truly the messenger of Allah to man and jinn and surely one of these (Jinn or man) will fuck you up and punish you to death because he is the love one for every jinn and man Muslims

And on the mean time I be looking to rape your sister and fuck ur mother and bang your wife.

Mohammed (riding the horse) receiving the submission of the Banu Nadir, a Jewish tribe he defeated at Medina. From the Jami’al-Tawarikh, dated 1314-5. In the Nour Foundation’s Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London. This image was found here, and another version can be found here.

From: c-r-e-e-d (Ireland)
Subject: U disguss me

there is no God but ALLAH
and Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him is the Last prophet.

Last mean last…After Jesus…Therefore we all have to follow him.

Islam means Peace.

WHY DONT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IT!!

and you making pictures yourself!! Oh ALLAH! forgive me i saw those pics.

Your end will be very painful one

Mohammed with his six-year-old bride Aisha (from the Hindu Unity site).

And finally, a prediction of future 9/11s:

From: Syed Shahid R.

Subject: go to hell mother fuckers

actually u r those motherfuckers who dont know the names
of your fathers so you all r jeoloused of muslims because
they have values and strong religous background and your
generations even dont know the name of their prophet,
ALLAH send all of you to the terriblest part of the hell very soon.

do what ever you like but you even can not touch the shit of a muslim
as it is more cleaner then you people.
even JESUS AND MOSES both feel ashamed to call
christians and jews as their belivers,because all prophets
sent by allmighty God have same preachings and we
muslims respect all the prophets and even cant imagine
to do any thing against them,and we r extreamly
proud to have the superiorest prophet (p.b.u.h)
for whom GOD made this whole universe.
all the motherfuckers done in this side God led
them to hell soon.

just wait and watch one day the 9/11 will be repeated.

go to hell

Portrait of Mohammed from Michel Baudier’s Histoire générale de la religion des turcs (Paris, 1625). It was sold at auction by Sotheby’s in 2002. The same image was incorporated into the cover of issue #2195 of the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.

Want more? Visit The Mohammed Image Archive.

One final note: If the link above doesn’t work, it’s because the Archive is overwhelmed with traffic — a common occurrence. Keep trying, and you’ll eventually get through. (Repeated hacking attempts and DDOS attacks also paralyze the site with disturbing regularity.) Which brings up an important issue: mirroring.

If anybody reading this wants to create a “mirror” version of the Archive (that is, an exact duplicate site, but posted to a different domain), you have my full permission to do so. The purpose behind the Archive is not to jealously guard its exclusivity, but rather to forever preserve and promulgate Mohammed-related artwork; and if the hackers ever succeed in knocking my site offline, I want there to be as many mirror sites as possible. Currently there are nine mirrors (listed at the bottom of the Archive’s front page), but they’re all long out of date, so any additional mirrors would be welcome. And if you send me the link to your mirror, I’ll add it to the list.

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