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Islam and aesthetics: Some observations

Published: 15/02/2010 03:03:00 PM GMT
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The Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) speak of the idea of decoration in diverse contexts.

By Dr. Spahic Omer

  • Part one: The Concept of Decoration in the Holy Qur’an and in the Prophet’s Sunnah

Decoration, adornment, embellishment or beautification, all these are regularly translated in Arabic in their noun forms as zinah and zukhruf, and in their verb forms as zayyana and zakhrafa.

The Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) speak of the idea of decoration in diverse contexts, such as the built environment, nature, the meaning of life, spiritual progression, family life, society, and the like.

In this manner, Almighty God and His last Messenger convey powerful messages to people, regardless of their ages, vocations and overall life interests. In time, the Qur’anic verses and the Prophet’s traditions of the mentioned type have adopted varied tones, styles and substance so that the intended messages could be conveyed effectively.

However, all the messages and lessons that could be drawn from the mentioned Qur’anic verses and the Prophet’s statements and traditions can be placed, by and large, under the jurisdiction of two thrusts: decoration as an instrument of deception, and decoration as an instrument of enhancing the original qualities of a thing.

It goes without saying, therefore, that due to their enormous significance and implications for life with all its facets and secrets, the two cited thrusts lie at the core of the Islamic message.

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The Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad speak of decoration in diverse contexts

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