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Muhammad in the Everyday Life of a Barelvi Sunni household of Pakistan (December 2016)

 Sajida FAZAL (M.A. RUHR University)

Sajida Fazal is a PhD candidate  at the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) of the University of Bochum. She is currently working on ‘Intra-religious among Pakistani Muslims migrants’.


Each Muslim community has its religious traditions attached to the presentation of Prophet Mohammad in their surroundings. These images are taken from a typical Barelvi Sunni household of Pakistan (December 2016). These are not only images but are sources to represent the presence and association of the family with Prophet Mohammad. Collectively all images show the relationship, but each image has its history and reason to be present in the household.

The sandal (na’l) of Prophet Mohammad, a poster hung on wall of the house.


This image is called sealing of Prophet Mohammad. It is a copy of the seal that allegedly was used by Prophet –according to Islamic tradition – to seal his official documents.  According to Pakistani household this image presents that the Prophethood was concluded by Prophet Mohammad. The idea of sealring (khatam) reminds of the the Qur’anic verse “ »Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and God has full knowledge of all things.”  (Qur’ān 33:40) مَّا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَآ أَحَدٍ مِّن رِّجَالِكُمْ وَلَـٰكِن رَّسُولَ ٱللَّـهِ وَخَاتَمَ ٱلنَّبِيِّـۧنَ وَكَانَ ٱللَّـهُ بِكُلِّ شَىْءٍ عَلِيمًا


















This image shows the association by keeping the name of Prophet Mohammad in several ways, for example door hanger, stand, etc.


The name of the Prophet











Poster of the Mawlid (celebration of the birth of the prophet)
A second poster of the Mawlid











The shahāda (« There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God », in Arabic). This hanging piece details the value of the Shahāda: if someone recites it once all his sins are forgiven and 4000 good deeds will be ascribed to him.


The footstep of Prophet Mohammad (nagsh). This picture says its explanation and explicitly indicates the reasons for its being at home. It is considered as a source to attain Jannah (paradise) and is relatated to the Miʿrāj narrative.


The Mosque of Medina


A devotional object present in the house.