8.) PAINTERS GREATEST SINNERS? 48 – God does not forgive who set up partners to God, but He forgives anything else to whom He pleases. 4 The Women, 48
Hadith: The persons who will receive the severest punishment will be painters.
According to the Quran, the greatest sin is to set up partners to God. Every sin is pardonable except this. Therefore these will be the people who will be doomed to eternal punishment. If one is to give credence to Bukhari’s above stated hadith, the painters will be doomed to eternal punishment. (The hadith invented by sectarians and hadith transmitters to show their hostility to arts will be the subject of Chapter 18.)
This hadith contradicts the Quran. Moreover there are other conflicting hadiths. For instance, according to another hadith, chess players will receive the severest punishment (Capital Sins, Hafýz Zahabi).