>Why dont muslims write narratives about great islamic figures?
Because they suck as writers today? Because they're more concerned with careers than dreaming?
>And why dont we produce great works of visual art anymore?
Anymore? Because you are not creeative. Because we live in a time where the main goal is the pursuit of money and not creative expression and the art world is run by kufaar reprobates.
>Especially when there are hadith about portraits being made of the prophet ﷺ during his lifetime?
What hadith is this?
>This concept of artistic restriction doesnt even seem to be rightly based in salaf, so I dont understand why these themes have become so common in the muslim world, when they hurt us more than they benefit us,
The ONLY restrictions on artistic expression is the prohibition of figural representation (sculpting, drawing or painting the human or animal form), and music. Other than that, there seems to be no restriction other than a cultural one. Alhamdulillah I was not born into an Arab, Desi or African family, since these tend to be the culprits of cultural imposition onto the religion.
>I mean, we have little to no media presence,
Who cares? It isn't that important. Do you even read the Qur'an?
>what does that do for our Ummah?
Keeps it safe from imitating the kufaar. As a matter of fact, the lack of presence in the media is a strength that makes the Muslim unique. Stop trying to be like a kafir.
>It makes us artistically dependent on the west,
No, it doesn't
>and this eventually depleats young muslims of their values;
No, actually, striving to be seen in media and to be part of the crowd is what is depleating young Muslim values. They're so busy trying to be "cool" like the kufaar that they begin to sell their religion out for likes and follows.
>I feel like this whole concept of bidah excludes the fact that muslims live a reality outside of worship
That's an interesting way to say, "we should reconsider rejecting bidah"
>sometimes I feel as if bidah has become a form of bidah on its own right.