Geometric art

Quranic calligraphy —

No graven image

Inside dome of Regents Park Mosque, London

Inside domes of Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Istanbul

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  1. Inside a mosque you will not find representation of God. Nor any portrayal of prophets or angels – or other animate objects. Such practises are forbidden in Islam and seen as idolatrous.

    As such the two most prominent forms of visual artistic expression in Islamic civilisation are Calligraphy and Geometry. One the art of the written word and the other mathematical with its symmetrical patterns and designs. Flowers are prominent features of Islamic art aswell.

    The Prophet Muhammad even made it forbidden to portray him, as he is reported to have said:

    “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a slave. So, call me the Slave of Allah and His Messenger.” (alBukhari 4:654)

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