Persianised and whitewashed depections (often strangely effaminate) of the Ahlul-Bayt are widespread in Shia regions of Iran and Iraq and elswhere for a reason. It is not just some ‘cultural practice’ that is shunned by Shia scholars, on the contrary, the Shia scholars have sanctified Catholic-esque iconography and saint depiction with their lax views regarding the depiction of human beings, particularly saints.
Nothing but an insult to the Ahlul-Bayt, no Muslim would be bothered IF they wouldn’t attribute this nonsense to the Ahlul-Bayt, so don’t give me ‘why do you care’.. But whose responsible for this Catholic-like idolatry in the name of Islam and the Ahlul-Bayt, is it some bid’ah done by ‘some’ ignorant Shia laymen or (as usual) the culprits behind this ugly and hideous bid’ah are none but the Turbaned devils of Qom and other Hawzat who have polluted the name of the Ahlul-Bayt with all sorts of zandaqah and bid’ah?
Fact is: Many of their polemicists lie through their teeth when they claim that their scholars have prohibited depictions of their Imams and it’s just some ‘cultural’ thing (as if that makes it less worse). The opposite is actually true, the vast majority of their mujtahids (‘Maraji’/Ayatollahs), similar to Catholic and Orhtodox priests are extremely lenient when it comes to the depiction of saints. They come up with tricky wordings in their edicts such as: ‘
As long as the Imams are depicted in a respective way (of course drawing them like Womanish looking Persian saints is respective!)…as long as they are not drawn with the intention that the images are factual depictions of them…’ all Bani Israel like excuses by the REAL culprits of this Catholic-like iconography i.e. the Ayatullats.
The Ayatullats even allow doing business with these idols, selling and buying them and even depicting the Prophet (S) with the pathetic excuse ‘If due deference and respect is observed’. It’s just one (not even a major one) of many heresies they have deceitfully introduced and justified in the name of ‘loving Ahlul-Bayt’ just like the Christians, same bid’ah different saint.