“God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty”; so said prophet Muhammad some 1400 years ago. He also said, “God likes that when you do anything, you do it excellently.” (Reported by Muslim)
Such prophetic sayings provided the impetus for the Muslim’s beautification and adornment of their places of worship, homes, and even of articles in common use in everyday life. Islamic architecture and decorative arts are still very much alive and valued in many parts of the Muslim world.
Islamic art developed a unique character, utilising a number of primary forms: geometric, arabesque, floral, and calligraphic, which are often interwoven. From early times, Muslim art has reflected a balanced, harmonious world-view.
Muslims are convinced of the balance and harmony of all things in existence. Nothing occurs randomly or by chance, for all is part of the plan of the All-Wise, Most Merciful Planner. Some essentials of Islamic art are:
• Islamic art seeks to portray the meaning and essence of things, rather than just their physical form.
• Crafts and decorative arts are elevated to the status of art.
• Calligraphy is a major form of art in Islam.
• Intricate geometrical and floral patterns play an enormous role in Islamic art.
• Islamic art involves all types of art, not just explicitly religious art.
Islamic art developed a unique character, utilising a number of primary forms…
Author : Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, Qatar
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