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Perceptions of God within Islamic Art

29 Mar

Perceptions of Islamic Art

Damascus Room

Damascus Room

After spending some time working in the Islamic Art Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art I’ve had the opportunity to make a few observations.

God is the Universe. He is truly a spirit with no human face. Often when we assign a visage to God it is in the image of human creators and somebody is left out.

There is purity in the faceless God who can be known through pray and worship. I see the interconnectedness of God, the infinite Universe and humans. The Glory of God is made manifest through intricate geometric designs immeasurable mathematical equations, like Pi 3.14 extending forever into the galaxies.

I found this gem in Islamic Art. When I read it I thought about the scripture in the Bible that says we are the Light of the World and Jesus is the Light of the World in Matthew 5:14, John 8:12 & John 11:9. We are much more alike than different. We have more in common that what keeps us apart.

Mosque Lamps -- Egypt

Mosque Lamps — Egypt

Qur’an 24:35 Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things.

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Prayer Niche

Prayer Niche

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