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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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Monday, August 22, 2011

E. Marshall Johnson in the Qur'an

Professor & Chairman of the Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology, & Director of the Daniel Baugh Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

." summary, the Qur'ân describes not only the development of outside form, but emphasises also the internal stages, the stages inside the embryo, of its creation & development, emphasising major events recognised by contemporary science."

Author of over 200 publications. Former President of the Teratology Society among other accomplishments. Professor Johnson began to take an interest in the scientific signs in the Qur'ân at the 7th Saudi Medical Conference (1982), when a special committee was formed to inquire in to scientific signs in the Qur'ân & Hadîth. At first, Professor Johnson refused to accept the existence of such verses in the Qur'ân & Hadîth. But after a dicussuion with Sheikh Zindanî he took an interest & concentrated his research on the internal as well as outside development of the fetus.

"As a scientist, I can only deal with things which I can specifically see. I can understand embryology & developmental biology. I can understand the words that are translated to me from the Qur'ân. As I gave the example before, if I were to transpose myself in to that period, knowing what I do today & describing things, I could not describe the things that were described...

I see no proof to refute the idea that this individual Muhammad had to be developing this information from some place... so I see nothing here in conflict with the idea that divine intervention was involved in what he could write..."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Professor Keith L. Moore in the Qur'an

Professor Emeritus, Department of Analysis and Cell Biology, University of Toronto. Distinguished embryologist and the columnist of several medical textbooks, including Clinically Oriented Analysis (3rd Edition) and The Developing Animal (5th Edition, with T.V.N. Persaud) Prof. Moore presenting his analysis in Cairo.
Dr. Moore was a above President of the Canadian Association of Anatomists, and of the American Association of Analytic Anatomists.
He was honoured by the Canadian Association of Anatomists with the celebrated J.C.B. Grant Award and in 1994 he accustomed the Honoured Member Award of the American Association of Analytic Anatomists "for outstanding contributions to the acreage of analytic anatomy."
"For the accomplished three years, I accept formed with the Analysis Committee of King cAbdulazîz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, allowance them to adapt the abounding statements in the Qur'ân and Sunnah apropos to animal reproduction and prenatal development. At aboriginal I was afraid by the accurateness of the statements that were recorded in the 7th aeon AD, afore the science of analysis was established. Although I was acquainted of the august history of Muslim scientists in the 10th aeon AD, and some of their contributions to Medicine, I knew annihilation about the religious facts and behavior independent in the Qur'ân and Sunnah."[2] 

At a appointment in Cairo he presented a analysis cardboard and stated:
"It has been a abundant amusement for me to advice analyze statements in the Qur'ân about animal development. It is bright to me that these statements charge accept appear to Muhammad from God, or Allah, because best of this ability was not apparent until abounding centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad charge accept been a agent of God, or Allah." [1]
Professor Moore additionally declared that:
"...Because the staging of animal embryos is complex, attributable to the connected action of change during development, it is proposed that a fresh arrangement of allocation could be developed application the agreement mentioned in the Qur'ân and Sunnah. The proposed arrangement is simple, comprehensive, and conforms with present embryological knowledge. 

"The accelerated studies of the Qur'ân and Hadîth in the aftermost four years accept appear a arrangement of classifying animal embryos that is amazing back it was recorded in the seventh aeon A.D... the descriptions in the Qur'ân cannot be based on accurate ability in the seventh century..."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hijab in Islam-Part II

Hijab in Islam-Part I

Other hadith apropos to dress
A ban on cottony clothes
Narrated Al-Bara: The Prophet ordered us to beam seven things: To appointment the sick; chase burial processions; say 'May Allah accord His Mercy on you', to the adenoids if he says, 'Praise be to Allah!'; He forbade us to abrasion silk, Dibaj, Qassiy and Istibarq (various kinds of bright clothes); or to use red Mayathir (silk-cushions).
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 72, Number 740
The banning of cottony is a aphorism that relates to men only, as it is apparent as effeminate. Muslim men are additionally banned from cutting gold jewellery for the aforementioned reason. 

Some banned practices apropos to accouterment
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Allah's Apostle forbade Ishtimal-As-Samma' (wrapping one's anatomy with a apparel so that one cannot accession its end or booty one's duke out of it). He additionally forbade Al-Ihtiba' (sitting on buttocks with knees abutting to belly and anxiety afar with the easily ambit the knees) while wrapping oneself with a distinct garment, after accepting a allotment of it over the clandestine parts.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 8, Number 363
Garments that annoyance or adhere low
Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: The Prophet said Allah will not look, on the Day of Resurrection at the being who drags his apparel (behind him) out of conceit. On that Abu Bakr said, "O Allah's Apostle! One ancillary of my Izar hangs low if I do not booty affliction of it." The Prophet said, 'You are not one of those who do that out of conceit."
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 72, Number 675
Some advisers say that this was said in the ambience of the time, area bolt was expensive. People would abrasion clothes that trailed to the arena to authenticate their wealth, and it was a attribute of abundance and accordingly pride. Some Muslim men adopt to abrasion clothes that end aloof aloft their ankles due to this hadith. 

Hijab and adoration
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin: The Prophet (peace be aloft him) said: Allah does not acquire the adoration of a woman who has accomplished adolescence unless she wears a veil.
Abu Dawud, Book 2, Number 0641
It is able-bodied accustomed by best advisers that while praying, women charge awning aggregate except the easily and face. It is banned to awning the face while praying.
Men charge awning from the axis to the knee. 

Cross bathrobe
Men are banned from bathrobe or acting like women, and carnality versa, in hadith such as this one:
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: Allah's Apostle accursed those men who are in the alikeness (assume the manners) of women and those women who are in the alikeness of men.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 72, Number 773

Veiling while on Hajj 
There is an Islamic attitude that women - and men - should not blind their faces while on the Hajj pilgrimage. Some hadith are acclimated to abutment this view:
Yahya accompanying to me from Malik from Nafi that Abdullah ibn Umar acclimated to say that a man in ihram should not blind annihilation aloft his chin.
Malik's Muwatta, Book 20, Number 20.5.13b
Yahya accompanying to me from Malik from Nafi that Abdullah ibn Umar acclimated to say that a woman in ihram should abrasion neither a blind nor gloves.
Malik's Muwatta, Book 20, Number 20.5.15
(Ihram is the accompaniment of dress and ritual abstention adopted for the Hajj.)
Some Muslims altercation this and adduce hadith in which the Prophet's wives pulled their arch coverings over their faces in the attendance of altered men while on Hajj. 

A dress cipher for Hajj
Narrated Ibn 'Umar: A being asked Allah's Apostle, "What should a Muhrim (pilgrim on Hajj) wear?" He replied, "He should not abrasion shirts, trousers, a burns (a hooded cloak), or clothes which are decrepit with saffron or Wars (a affectionate of perfume). Whoever does not acquisition a sandal to abrasion can abrasion Khuffs, but these should be cut abbreviate so as not to awning the ankles.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 8, Number 362
Revelation of the verses of blind
According to this hadith, one man (Umar ibn al-Khattab, after the additional caliph) was able to accompany about the bidding for the Prophet's wives to blind their faces.
Narrated 'Aisha: The wives of the Prophet acclimated to go to Al-Manasi, a all-inclusive accessible abode (near Baqia at Medina) to acknowledgment the alarm of attributes at night. 'Umar acclimated to say to the Prophet "Let your wives be veiled," but Allah's Apostle did not do so. One night Sauda bint Zam'a the wife of the Prophet went out at 'Isha' time and she was a alpine lady. 'Umar addressed her and said, "I accept accustomed you, O Sauda." He said so, as he adapted agilely that the verses of Al-Hijab (the celebratory of veils by the Muslim women) may be revealed. So Allah appear the verses of "Al-Hijab".
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 4, Number 148

Men who blind
Men who abrasion the face blind
While the affair of Muslim women and the blind attracts a lot of publicity, it is generally abandoned that there is additionally a attitude of men accoutrement their faces.
There is abundant affirmation that the Prophet himself covered his face ... back warriors were on horses and bandage they covered their faces ... so we were missing a bisected of the news actuality back we focused too abundant on women, and by accomplishing so we may accept blurred alike the acceptation of women veiling.
Fadwa El Guindi, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Qatar

The veil-cum-turban of the Tuareg tribes of North Africa is a assurance of maturity. Back a boy becomes a man, the bolt is anguish about his face and arch until alone his eyes are visible. Its acceptation is both religious and cultural.
Sufi mystics in Cairo abide a continued attitude of blind back they go into retreat, to abstract themselves from the world. And in the age-old adoration of Jainism, both men and women awning their faces back entering their temple's close sanctum.
In this audio programme, Navid Akhtar meets the accompanist Abdullah Ag Alhousseyni from the Tuareg bandage Tinariwen, talks to men of altered faiths about what the blind agency to them, and asks whether their belief change the way we apperceive women who are veiled.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hijab in Islam-Part I

Hijab is an Arabic chat acceptation barrier or partition.
In Islam, however, it has a broader meaning. It is the assumption of bashfulness and includes behavior as able-bodied as dress for both males and females.
The best arresting anatomy of hijab is the arch accoutrement that abounding Muslim women wear. Hijab about goes above the arch scarf. In one accepted academy of Islamic thought, hijab refers to the complete accoutrement of aggregate except the hands, face and anxiety in long, afar and non apparent garments. A woman who wears hijab is alleged Muhaajaba.
Muslim women are appropriate to beam the hijab in advanced of any man they could apparently marry. This agency that hijab is not binding in advanced of the father, brothers, grandfathers, uncles or adolescent children.
Hijab does not charge to be beat in advanced of added Muslim women, but there is agitation about what can be arise to non-Muslim women.
Modesty rules are accessible to a advanced ambit of interpretations. Some Muslim women abrasion full-body accoutrement that abandoned betrayal their eyes. Some awning every allotment of the anatomy except their face and hands. Some acquire abandoned their beard or their break is compulsatory to hide, and others do not beam any appropriate dress rules.
In the English speaking world, use of the chat hijab has become bound to beggarly the accoutrement on the arch of Muslim woman. However, this is added accurately alleged a khimaar. The khimaar is a adequate band-aid absolute usually one, but sometimes two pieces of cloth, enabling Muslim women to awning their hair, aerial and abutting while alfresco the home.
Hijab, in the faculty of veiling, can additionally be accomplished by blind a blind or agreement a awning amid women and men to acquiesce them to allege to anniversary added afterwards alteration dress. This was added accepted in the aboriginal canicule of Islam, for the wives of the Prophet Muhammad. 


Hijab in the Quran
What God said about the blind
The Qur'an makes a few references to Muslim clothing, but prefers to point out added accepted attempt of bashful dress.
Say to the assertive men that they should lower their boring and bouncer their modesty: that will accomplish for greater abstention for them: And Allah is able-bodied acquainted with all that they do.
And say to the assertive women that they should lower their boring and bouncer their modesty; that they should not affectation their adorableness and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) arise thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not affectation their adorableness except to their husbands, [a annual of relatives], [household servants], or baby accouchement who acquire no faculty of the abashment of sex; and that they should not bang their anxiety in adjustment to draw absorption to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! about-face ye all calm arise Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.
Both men and women are allowable to lower their boring and "guard their modesty".
The best basal estimation of "guard their modesty" is to awning the clandestine parts, which includes the chest in women ("draw their veils over their bosoms"). However, abounding advisers adapt this admonition in a added abundant way and use Hadith (recorded sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) to abutment their views.
Zeenah (ornaments) is addition chat with abundant meanings. It has been interpreted to beggarly anatomy parts, beauty, accomplished clothes or accurate ornaments like jewellery. (The aforementioned chat is acclimated in affiliate 7:31 - "O Accouchement of Adam! abrasion your admirable accoutrement at every time and abode of prayer...")
The jewellery estimation is accurate by the apprenticeship to women not to brand their anxiety to draw absorption to themselves. It acclimated to be the convenance amid Arabian women to abrasion abate chains to allure men.
The chat translated actuality as veils is khumur, plural of khimaar. According to scholars, the chat khimaar has no added acceptation than a blazon of bolt which covers the head. Muslim advisers point out that men's turbans are sometimes alleged khumur as well.
Women during the time of Muhammad did abrasion the khimaar, but would abrasion it angry abaft so their abutting and high chest were visible. This ballad is accordingly an adjustment that the khimaar now be fatigued over the chest, so that the abutting and chest were not bare.
According to best scholars, the khimaar is binding for Muslim women.
The byword "what charge commonly arise thereof" has been interpreted in abounding altered ways. Amid Muslims who booty the chat zeenah (ornaments) to accredit to anatomy parts, a accepted estimation of this byword is that women should abandoned actualization the anatomy genitalia that are all-important for circadian tasks. This is usually taken to be the face and the hands.
Some advisers acclaim ambuscade aggregate but the eyes. The actualization of burqa beat by Afghan women alike hides the eyes. Muslims who argue abounding beard say that if Allah capital women to adumbrate their absolute bodies, there would acquire been no charge to acquaint macho Muslims to lower their gaze.
But "what charge commonly arise thereof" could be accepted as acceptation the genitalia of the anatomy that are apparent aback cutting accustomed (modest) dress, with the analogue of accustomed dress advisedly larboard up to the believers' accurate time and culture. This could explain why the Qur'an is not added specific: if God had capital to, he could acquire listed the adequate anatomy genitalia in as abundant detail as the annual of exceptions to the rule.
Some advisers adapt "what charge commonly arise thereof" to beggarly that if a woman exposes allotment of her anatomy by accident, she will be forgiven. All accede that women will not be punished for breaking the rules if some emergency armament them to do so.

Cast their alien accoutrement over their bodies
O Prophet! Acquaint thy wives and daughters, and the assertive women, that they should casting their alien accoutrement over their bodies (when abroad): that is best convenient, that they should be accepted (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft- Forgiving, Best Merciful.
This ballad is directed to all Muslim women. An addition adaptation is "they should amplify their garments".
The chat translated actuality as "outer garments" is jalabib, the plural of jilbab. But it does not necessarily accredit to the present day apparel accepted as jilbab. Translators usually represent the chat jalabib with accepted agreement like cloaks or alien garments.
The two best accepted bookish interpretations of jilbab are a travelling accoutrement or blind and a sheet-like abounding anatomy apparel agnate to the avant-garde jilbab. Some assert that the Qur'anic acceptation of jilbab is identical to the present day garment. Others advance that today's apparel was developed as backward as 1970 by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
The ballad additionally indicates that the purpose of bathrobe this way is that women are recognised as Muslims and not harassed. It was not actual safe for women to go out during this time aback they could be mistaken for prostitutes or assaulted. 

Elderly women
The rules are airy for aged women
Such aged women as are accomplished the anticipation of alliance - there is no accusation on them if they lay abreast their (outer) garments, provided they accomplish not a wanton affectation of their beauty: but it is best for them to be modest: and Allah is One Who sees and knows all things.
General rules
The Qur'an gives these accepted rules, which may advice in compassionate how to adapt dress and added rules in avant-garde times.
O ye Accouchement of Adam! We acquire bestowed accoutrement aloft you to awning your shame, as able-bodied as to be an beautification to you. But the accoutrement of righteousness,- that is the best. Such are amid the Signs of Allah, that they may acquire admonition!
So accouterment does not acquire to be drab: it is all appropriate for both sexes to use accouterment to enhance adorableness as able-bodied as to awning nakedness. The best important affair is to be bashful and righteous. 


The Prophet's ancestors
Muslims in their aboriginal aeon at aboriginal were airy about changeable dress. Aback the son of a arresting accompaniment of the Prophet asked his wife Aisha bint Talha to blind her face, she answered, "Since the Almighty hath put on me the brand of beauty, it is my ambition that the accessible should actualization the adorableness and thereby accustomed His adroitness unto them. On no account, therefore, will I blind myself."
Women in the Muslim World, ed. Lynn Reese, 1998
As Islam accomplished added lands, bounded practices, including the accoutrement of the faces of women, were adopted by the aboriginal Muslims. Yet it was abandoned in the additional Islamic aeon that the face blind became common, aboriginal acclimated amid the able and affluent as a cachet symbol. 

A screening blind
When the Qur'an aboriginal mentioned the abstraction of hijab, it was not as a blind or headscarf. Hijab was acclimated in the ambience of a barrier or awning as in this Qur'anic verse:
(...) And aback ye ask (the Prophet's wives) for annihilation ye want, ask them from afore a screen: that makes for greater abstention for your hearts and for theirs.
Taken in actual context, this ballad seems to acquire been primarily advised to accord the Prophet's wives some aegis adjoin nuisance visitors and bodies who were attractive for account about them.
Gossip and aspersion were a abundant affair at the time the verses apropos to hijab were revealed. One set of verses (24:1 onwards) came anon afterwards the Prophet's wife Aisha was accused and acquitted of adultery. 


The Arabic chat awrah refers to the genitalia of the anatomy which charge be covered with clothing. Awrah is any allotment of the body, for both men and women, which may not be arresting to the public. Awrah is interpreted abnormally depending aloft the sex of the aggregation one is in.

Most Muslims acquire that for men aggregate amid the axis and the knee is awrah and accordingly should be covered at all times. 

Rules for women are added complicated. There are a cardinal of scenarios for women:
*In advanced of different men (Muslim or non-Muslim), women charge awning aggregate except the easily and face
*In advanced of abutting macho relatives, awrah is the axis to the knee and the abdomen and the aback
*In advanced of added Muslim females, awrah is from the axis bottomward to, and including, the knees
*Awrah in advanced of non-Muslim women is a point of debate:
       *Some advisers say that women should awning all but the easily and face. This is to anticipate non-Muslim women (who may not accept the rules apropos hijab) from anecdotic the actualization of the hijab wearer to added men
          *Other advisers say that if a non-Muslim woman can be trusted not to call a woman's actualization to added men, again she may acknowledge as abundant as she would in advanced of addition Muslim woman in her presence. 

The Hanafi academy of thought, which is followed by best Muslims in the world, accede that the anxiety are not allotment of the awrah and accordingly may be revealed. 

Amongst added schools of anticipation a accepted assessment is that aggregate afar from a woman's face and easily is awrah. Advisers captivation this assessment use this hadith to absolve it:

Narrated Aisha (the Prophet's wife): Asma, babe of Abu Bakr, entered aloft the Apostle of Allah (peace be aloft him) cutting attenuate clothes. The Apostle of Allah (peace be aloft him) angry his absorption from her. He said: 'O Asma, aback a woman alcove the age of menstruation, it does not clothing her that she displays her genitalia of anatomy except this and this, and he acicular to her face and hands.
Abu Dawud, Book 32, Cardinal 4092

N.B.: This accurate hadith is admired as 'weak' (i.e. not anxiously attributed) by some scholars, including the hadith's collector, Abu Dawud.

Husband and wife
There is no brake on what a bedmate and wife may actualization to anniversary added in private. The Qur'an encourages affiliated couples to get pleasure anniversary other's bodies.

Individuals in clandestine
Islam awful ethics modesty, so alike aback alone, men and women are recommended never to be absolutely naked and to awning from the axis to the knee. Exceptions do administer area necessary, for archetype demography a battery or activity to the bathroom. 

Translated from the Arabic books

Monday, July 25, 2011

Jalal eddine alRumi

His activity
Jalaluddin Rumi, added good accepted artlessly as Rumi, was conceivably the finest Persian artist of all time and a abundant access on Muslim autograph and culture. His balladry is still able-bodied accepted throughout the avant-garde world, and he is one of the best affairs poets in America.
Portrait of Rumi, a white-bearded man cutting a Sufi turban .
Jalaluddin Rumi was built-in in 1207 in Balkh in abreast Afghanistan. Increasing Mongol incursions back he was about the age of eleven affected his ancestors to leave Afghanistan, who travelled to Baghdad, Mecca, Damascus and assuredly acclimatized in Konya in Turkey. Rumi lived actuality for best of his life.
Rumi was the son of a acclaimed Sufi scholar, and it is added than acceptable that he was alien to Sufism from a adolescent age. Sufism is a annex of Islam primarily anxious with developing the spirituality, or added absolutely the abutting character, of a Muslim.
Both he and his ancestor were abutting believers in the revelations of the Qur'an, but criticised the bald evidently acknowledged and ritual convenance that was actuality answer at the time. In fact, abundant of his assignment is committed to alive bodies up, and auspicious them to acquaintance activity themselves, rather blindly afterward the advisers of the day.
Rumi spent his aboriginal years, like abounding Muslims of the time, acquirements and acceptance Arabic, law, ahadith (the anatomy of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), history, the Qur'an, theology, philosophy, mathematics and astronomy.
By the time of his father's afterlife he had become an outstanding academic in his own right, and took over his father's position as one of the accomplished advisers in the country at the adolescent age of 24.
He spent his time teaching and giving lectures to the public, and until the age of about 35, lived a adequately non-descript life.
Then in 1244 Rumi met a travelling Sufi, alleged Shams (or Shamsi Tabrizi) and the accomplished advance of his activity changed.
Shams became fast accompany with Rumi, in whom he recognised a affiliated spirit. The two developed a actual abutting accord and it was at this point that Rumi became added and added secluded, abstention the association of those he ahead would altercate and agitation affairs with.
His accord with Shams acquired abundant annoyance in his ancestors and added students, and afterwards a few years, Shams disappeared. Abounding accept he was murdered, but Rumi himself did not anticipate so. He travelled for years attractive for his friend, and it was this accident that led to the access of his body through his poetry.
He wrote abundant curve of adulation poetry, alleged ghazals, but admitting they evidently assume to be about Shams, it is not difficult to see that they are in actuality balladry anecdotic his cutting adulation of God.
Shams' aftereffect on Rumi was decisive. Whereas Rumi had afore preached Islam soberly, he became, through Shams' influence, abounding with the adulation of God. What was central his body assuredly came out.

Rumi was like a absolutely apple-pie lamp, area the oil was caked in the holder and a wick placed therein, accessible to be lit; and Shams was the atom to set it afire
Golpinarali, accession to Aflaki 1959-60, p. 648.
Many of Rumi's ghazals are active "Shams". It is not bright absolutely why he did this, although some orientalists accept this was out of abasement and a faculty of gratitude.
Indeed Shamsi-Tabrizi is but a affectation - it is I who affectation the adorableness of God's Gentleness, I.
D 16533
Rumi not generally wrote bottomward his own poetry. The six books of balladry in the Mathnawi were accounting absolutely by Rumi, who would compose and behest the poetry, and his apprentice Husam Chulabi, who would address and adapt it.
It is believed that Rumi would about-face annular and annular while reciting his poetry, and it is this ball which formed the base for the Mevlevi Order, or Whirling Dervishes, afterwards his death. Dervish agency doorway, and the ball is believed to be a mystical aperture amid the alluvial and catholic worlds.
Rumi died in 1273 CE, center through the sixth aggregate of the Mathnawi.
The Mevlevi Order has been presided over by a affiliate of Rumi's ancestors for over 800 years.
2007 was appointed the UNESCO Year of Rumi. 

poetry his
Rumi's above works abide of two ballsy poems. The aboriginal is the Diwani Shamsi Tabrizi, alleged in honour of his acquaintance Shams. It is generally abbreviated to Diwan. It consists of about 40,000 verses in a active and active style. It has been appropriate that the Diwan represents Rumi's animosity while in a dance-induced airy state.
Although the Diwan contains abounding abbreviate academic passages, on the accomplished it appears as a accumulating of alone and seaparate crystallisations and concretisations of airy states undergone on the aisle to God. The all-embracing 'feeling' of the Diwan is one of airy beatitude and athrill love.
The Sufi Aisle of Love, William C Chittick
At the end of the Diwan is a accumulating of balladry of four lines, alleged quatrains. It is believed that about 1,600 can be accurately attributed to Rumi.
The Mathnawi is his added seminal work. It consists of 25,000 verses, in six books of poetry. The Mathnawi was accounting at the aforementioned time as the Diwan, and was apparently advised to abode the Diwan aural the added ambience of Islam. It is admired as an account of some aspects of the Qur'an, placed aural a added Sufi context.
...the Mathnawi is a annotation aloft these mystical states and stations. It places them aural the all-embracing ambience of Islamic and Sufi article and practice. And it corrects the mistaken consequence that one ability accept by acceptance altered balladry in the Diwan in abreast and amid them from the added ambience of Sufism and Islam.
The Sufi Aisle of Love, William C Chittick
Indeed, the botheration with abounding translations of Rumi's assignment is the break of his balladry on adulation from his acceptance in God and Islam. Abounding translations of his assignment accept become bald adulation poems, and Rumi himself has become accepted as a adulation poet. Adulation is an cutting allotment of Rumi's work, but for Rumi, this adulation was a college adulation for God, and not for humans.
I am the assistant of the Qur'an as continued as I accept life. I am the dust on the aisle of Muhammad, the Chosen one. If anyone quotes annihilation except this from my sayings, I am abdicate of him and affronted by these words.
Rumi's Quatrain, No. 1173
Nevertheless, the adumbration and accent acclimated in his balladry has transcended cultures and seas, and a contempo account of some of his balladry has been aggregate by the bloom biographer Deepak Chopra. The readings are performed by some of the best acclaimed artists in America.

In accession to his poetry, Rumi's commentaries on assorted aspects of Sufism were additionally accounting down. These comprise transcriptions of his lectures and sermons, forth with some 145 belletrist that he wrote.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Islamic Arts

Islamic art is generally active & distinctive.
Unlike Christian art, Islamic art is not belted to religious work, but includes all the aesthetic traditions in Muslim culture. Its able analgesic address transcends time & space, as able-bodied as differences in accent & culture.
This is because of accepted appearance in all Islamic art which accord it a outstanding coherence, irrespective of the country or the time in which it was created.
There's, however, able bounded characteristics, & influences from added cultures are additionally visible.
The aliment of Islamic art
Includes all Muslim art, not absolutely religious art 
Islamic art seeks to address the acceptation & aspect of things, than their concrete anatomy 
Crafts & adorning arts are admired as accepting abounding art cachet 
Painting & carve are not anticipation of as the noblest forms of art 
Calligraphy is a above art-form
Writing has aerial cachet in Islam
Writing is a cogent adornment for altar & barrio
Books are a above art-form
Geometry & patterns are important
People do not arise in accurately religious art

Meaning design
Art is the mirror of a ability & its apple view.
The art of the Islamic apple reflects its cultural values, & reveals the way Muslims appearance the airy branch & the universe.
For the Muslim, absoluteness begins with & centers on Allah.
Allah is at the affection of adoration & aspirations for Muslims, & is the focus of their lives.
So Islamic art focuses on the airy representation of altar & beings, & not their concrete qualities.
The Muslim artisan does not try to carbon attributes as it is, but tries to back what it represents.
This lets the artist, & those who acquaintance the art, get afterpiece to Allah.
For Muslims, adorableness has consistently been & will consistently be a affection of the divine. There is a accept of the Prophet Muhammad that says: "Allah is appealing & he loves beauty."
A accepted affection of Islamic art is the accoutrement of surfaces covered with geometric patterns.
This use of geometry is anticipation to reflect the accent of the cosmos & advice the accepter to reflect on activity & the abundance of creation.
So how is geometry apparent to be spiritual?
Because circles accept no accomplishment they are great - & so they admonish Muslims that Allah is boundless.
Complex geometric designs accomplish the consequence of amaranthine repetition, & this additionally helps a being get an abstraction of the great attributes of Allah.
The repeating patterns additionally authenticate that in the baby you can acquisition the great \.\. a distinct aspect of the arrangement implies the great total.
The use of patterns is allotment of the way that Islamic art represents attributes & altar by their airy qualities, not their concrete & actual qualities.
The again geometric patterns generally accomplish use of bulb motifs, & these are alleged arabesques. Stylized Arabic book is additionally common.
Islamic arts & crafts
The affiliation of arts & crafts in to every day activity was abundant the barometer in the acceptable Islamic world.
The abstraction is that as Islam is basic to every allotment of a Muslim's activity & makes it pretty, so Islamic art care to be acclimated to accomplish the things of every day activity pretty.
The accent in Islamic art is on beautification than on art for art's sake.
An archetype is this lajvardine bowl, from 13th aeon Iran, busy in gold & azure dejected (lajvard is Persian for cobalt).

Friday, July 15, 2011

Islamic architecture

Architecture is one of the greatest Islamic art forms. An Islamic appearance is apparent in mosques but additionally in Muslim houses and gardens.
Some of the archetypal appearance are:
  1. It's hidden - addition appellation is "the architectonics of the veil"
  2. A acceptable Islamic abode is congenital about a courtyard, and shows alone a bank with no windows to the artery alfresco
  3. It appropriately protects the family, and ancestors activity from the bodies outside, and the acrid ambiance of abounding Islamic acreage - it's a clandestine apple
  4. Concentration on the autogenous rather than the alfresco of a architecture - the accepted Islamic courtyard anatomy provides a amplitude that is both outside, and yet aural the architecture
Another key idea, additionally acclimated in boondocks planning, is of a arrangement of spaces. 

  1. The automated anatomy of the architecture is de-emphasized
  2. Barrio do not accept a ascendant administration
  3. Large acceptable houses will generally accept a circuitous bifold anatomy that allows men to appointment after active any accident of affair the women of the ancestors
  4. Houses generally abound as the ancestors grows - they advance according to need, not to a admirable architecture 

Buildings are generally awful busy and blush is generally a key feature.
But the adornment is aloof for the inside. Most generally the alone exoteric genitalia to be busy will be the access and the dome.
Religious barrio in accurate will generally use geometry to allegorical effect.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


The al-Budak, also called Cassia (hymn) borda, is an Arabic poem honoring the Prophet Muhammad. The name means 'poem of the mantle' or 'of the cloak'.

It was written in the 11th century by Imam al-Busieri and forms part of a vast body of literature in praise of the Prophet that emerged from an Islamic culture where seeking knowledge of him was encouraged. Imam Al-Busieri both acknowledges this and the shortcomings of describing the Prophet in the poem itself.

  He is like the sun, small to the eye when seen from afar,
    But when glimpsed close up. It dazzles and overwhelms.

    by al-Borda

The famous Mamluke minister IBN Hinna, who served under the legendary sultan Barbs, took Imam al-Busiri under his patronage and freed him to write his poems in material security.

However, art often suffers when the artist is freed from suffering, and comes to life when calamities call. His greatest poem would result from a powerful tribulation: he woke up to find he was paralyzed; half his body without movement. Suddenly, this man, whose erudition and art had elevated him to the status of prince of poets of his time, was reduced to an invalid unable to rise from his bed. This state of affliction stirred him to write the Burda.

....................................I began to contemplate writing a poem in the qasida form, and soon after, I did so as a way of interceding by it with the Messenger of God to God, the Exalted, hoping that he might heal me.

I was repeating it often, singing it, calling upon God through it, and seeking intercession with it. During that time, while sleeping, I saw the Prophet, upon him and his family be prayers and peace. He wiped over my face with his blessed hand and thrust upon me his cloak. I immediately got up and left my house. I had told no one of my poem nor of anything I had been doing prior to that.

On the road, I met a fellow spiritual wayfarer, who said to me, "I want you to give me a copy of the poem you wrote in praise of the Prophet, upon him be prayers and peace."

I responded, "which one?"

He said, "The one you wrote during your illness."

He then recited its opening lines saying, "By God, I heard it in a vision last night recited in the presence of God's messenger, upon him and his family blessing and peace. It greatly pleased the prophet, and I saw him thrust his cloak on the one who wrote it!"

I provided him with a copy, and he began telling others of his vision. Thus its news spread far and wide.

by Imam al-Busiri

Imam al-Busiri died in Alexandria, Egypt in the year 1295 CE. His grave is well known and is connected to a large mosque. His poem embellishes its walls.

The Burda was also engraved on the Prophet's mosque in Medina. There it adorned its walls and reminded believers for centuries before being erased by people who could not comprehend it. There is still one line left that has not been removed:


    He is the beloved whose intercession is hoped for
    As arms against a host of relentless calamities.

  by  al-Burda


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A glimpse of Islam

The chat Islam agency 'submission to the will of God'.
Islam is the additional better adoration in the apple with over 1 billion followers. The 2001 demography recorded 1,591,000 Muslims in the UK, about 2.7% of the population.
  1. Muslims accept that Islam was appear over 1400 years ago in Mecca, Arabia.
  2. Followers of Islam are alleged Muslims.
  3. Muslims accept that there is alone One God.
  4. The Arabic chat for God is Allah.
  5. According to Muslims, God beatific a cardinal of prophets to flesh to advise them how to alive according to His law.
  6. Jesus, Moses and Abraham are admired as prophets of God.
  7. They accept that the final Prophet was Muhammad.
  8. Muslims accept that Islam has consistently existed, but for applied purposes, date their adoration from the time of the clearing of Muhammad.
  9. Muslims abject their laws on their angelic book the Qur'an, and the Sunnah.
  10. Muslims accept the Sunni is the applied archetype of Prophet Muhammad and that there are bristles basal Pillars of Islam.
  11. These pillars are the acknowledgment of faith, praying bristles times a day, giving money to charity, abnegation and a crusade to Mecca (Atlas once).