Thursday, December 15, 2016

Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad party together in heaven

By Lawrence Toppman
This illustration of three prophets comes from a medieval Qur'an in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven”
NEW YORK---The painting with this column has no title; the one in the headline is my own. It comes from a medieval Qur’an, the holiest book in the Islamic religion, and you can see it through Jan. 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in an extraordinary exhibit. Look closely at this picture. After you get past the horse with a human head – he’s Buraq, a steed in Islamic myths who transported the prophets – you notice that the three main figures seem to be on fire. The Jewish prophet Abraham and the Christian prophet Jesus (for so Muslims would call them) are welcoming Muhammad to heaven. [link]