Monday, Apr. 19, 2010

Muhammad's Beard

Said to have been shaved from Muhammad's face by his favorite barber postmortem, the Prophet's beard is on view today in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Though relics have no official sanction in Islam, and the Prophet himself preached against worshipping anyone other than God, many visit the museum's extensive collection of items — including footprints of the Prophet and other items associated with Muhammad — each year.