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Islamic Art Feature: Architecture Pick of the Month, 10/11

Islamic Art Feature: Architecture Pick of the Month, 10/11

Welcome to the another edition of MuslimMatters.org's regular Islamic Art feature. If you want to see your work on MM, then either email us your images to art[@]muslimmatters[.]org or submit them to our Flickr group.

This month's feature is a focus on architecture-related images. How does the modern compare to the classic?

Click on the images below to view the original.

Abraj Al Bait Towers, Makkah al Mukarramah - by lord hexter

Abraj Al Bait Towers, Mecca al Mukarramah - by lord hexter

Masjid Dhul Hulayfa. The place Medina pilgrims enter into ihram. By lord hexter.

masjid Dhul Hulayfa. The place Madīnah pilgrims enter into ihram. By lord hexter.

Niujie Mosque, Beijing - by a2portfolio

Niujie Mosque, Beijing - by a2portfolio

Detail of the main mihrab, Ummayad Mosque, Damascus - by shafraz nasser

Detail of the main mihrab, Ummayad Mosque, Damascus - by shafraz nasser

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra, Spain - by Summertime

The Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra, Spain - by Summertime

Sunset over the Masjed, 55x55 cm oil on canvas - by moslihh

Sunset over the masjid, 55x55 cm oil on canvas - by moslihh

makkah masjed masjid medina

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5 comments

  1. Jazakallah khair for this very interesting post! All of the images were stunning!

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  2. The painting is beautiful!

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  3. I really don’t like the look of Abraj Tower. Unless I see the top, I always think it is Big Ben. Rasulullah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) told us that we will imitate the kuffaar in everything but to that point? In a place that is supposed to serve the Hujjaaj? Very very disappointing.

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  4. I absolutely love the spare look of Masjid Dhul Hulayfa, the Beijing masjid (representing both Chinese and Islamic culture), and the masjid interiors.

    However, the towers that have been built beside Masjid Al-Haram are repellent. Looking at them, I feel like I’m living a bad dream and wonder when I’ll wake up. Why would these so-called monarchs build massive towers practically on top of the the sacred mosque, thereby dwarfing it and detracting from its majesty? What they have done to the holy places and cultural landmarks of Makkah is absolutely disgusting. My fear is that it will never be undone, even when the royals have gone the way of other dictators.

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  5. Wael Abdelgawad you are so right!

    When I saw that picture I seriously thought it was photoshop or at the very minimum a photo which makes the buildings look closer to Masjid Al-Haram then they really are…
    But no, these people literally built them on top of the Kabba – in certain photos you can see the shadow of the tower over the Kabba…

    May Allah forgive us.

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