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Decoration as an Instrument for Enhancing the Real Qualities of a Thing

Decoration as an Instrument for Enhancing the Real Qualities of a Thing Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com There are two types of decoration: decoration as an instrument of deception, and decoration which enhances the real and original qualities of a thing. About the latter the Qur’an says: {Indeed, …

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Decoration as an Instrument of Deception

Decoration as an Instrument of Deception Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com There are two types of decoration: decoration as an instrument of deception, and decoration which enhances the real and original qualities of a thing. There are many Qur’anic verses and hadiths of the Prophet (sa) that refer …

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The Prophet’s Mosque as the Seat of the Prophet’s Government

The Prophet’s Mosque as the Seat of the Prophet’s Government Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com                 Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Madinah The mosque of the Prophet (pbuh) played the role of the seat of the first Islamic government. In the mosque, …

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The Emergence of the Concept of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah

The Emergence of the Concept of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malay In the early days of Islam, there was no such thing as the concept of ahl al-sunnah wa al-jama’ah. The Prophet (pbuh) spoke much about the virtues of following the jama’ah (community), the Qur’an and …

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Following Religion vs. Inventing Civilization: Implications for Islamic Architecture

Following Religion vs. Inventing Civilization: Implications for Islamic Architecture Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com An imaginary initial simple form of Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque. Courtesy of the Hadarah Tayyibah Exhibition held in Madinah in 2010-2012. It was a mentality of duly applying the precept of following the religion of …

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The Significance of the Rock (Sakhrah) inside the al-Aqsa Mosque

The Significance of the Rock (Sakhrah) inside the al-Aqsa Mosque Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia The Dome of the Rock (Qubbah al-Sakhrah) in Jerusalem built, as commonly perceived, between 65 H/684 CA and 72 H/691 CA within the precincts of the original al-Aqsa Mosque (al-Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary) is …

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Islam Rejects Excessive Asceticism and Monasticism

Islam Rejects Excessive Asceticism and Monasticism Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com Following its genesis and growth, pseudo Sufism had many forms some of which were associated with excessive asceticism and monasticism. There were Sufis who adopted and promoted as a solitary goal of existence excessive abstinence from worldly …

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The Universe as a “Mosque”

The Universe as a “Mosque” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia Islam is a religion that inevitably leads to the creation of a virtuous comprehensive culture and civilization which benefits not only Muslims, but also non-Muslims and all the other worldly creatures as well. Islam also creates individuals who through a …

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Towards Reviving Islamic Architecture

Towards Reviving Islamic Architecture Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com The skyline of the city of Lahore, Pakistan, at sunset Islamic architecture is not concerned about the form of buildings only. Islamic architecture signifies a process where all the phases and aspects are equally important. It is almost impossible …

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The Earth as a “Mosque”

The Earth as a “Mosque” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com The Prophet (pbuh) has said that the whole earth was created as clean and pure (tahur), and as a place of worship, or a mosque (masjid), to him and his followers. Consequently, he used to offer his prayers …

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