UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Topic initiated on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 8:26 AM
|Updating the Mosque for the 21st Century|
The whole world is a mosque, the Prophet Muhammad once said. With pious intent, a faithful Muslim can conjure a mosque almost anywhere, transforming a desert sand dune, airport departure lounge or city pavement into a sacred space simply by stopping to pray. The first mosque was Muhammad's mud-brick house in Medina, where a portico of palm-tree branches provided shade for prayer and theological discussion. As the young religion spread, Arabs — and later Asians and Africans — developed their own ideas of what made a building a mosque. But that innovative spirit has slowed in recent decades, leaving most Islamic skylines dominated by the dome-and-minaret design that first appeared centuries ago.
Updating the Mosque for the 21st Century
Edited by: raushan on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 8:28 AM