The Muslim Religion

The Muslim religion is one of the largest and most wide spread religions in the world today. What this means is that it has been around for awhile, which also means it has inspired art over the ages. The art in this gallery is related to religious scenes and morals a Muslim must uphold. The first section of this gallery includes a broad range of Islamic art to show the styles and trends of the religion. Many pieces include writing, oftentimes straight from the Qu'ran itself. Islamic art also depicts nature, mainly animals that are considered sacred or important in any ways. One particular piece in this section is a house model created from clay and cooked to keep it solid. The second section of the gallery includes art works related to the five pillars of faith which include: Shahadah-declaring there is no god except Allah, and Muhammad is Allah's messenger, Salat- a ritualistic prayer five times a day, Sawm- fasting and self control during the blessed month of Ramadan, Zakat- giving a portion of one's wealth to the needy, and Hajj- a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a person's lifetime assuming he or she is able. The last section contains art related to the great Mosque of Mecca which contains the Kaaba. The Kaaba is the holiest artifact of the Muslim religion and has under gone many restorations and conservation efforts to maintain its form. Unfortunately, The Kaaba's original shape, a pyramid, was unable to be restored due to money constraints. This particular website has a somewhat small amount of Islamic art, although the actual subject might be small due to many religious wars and burning of religious subject matter, but these art works give at least the base of Islamic art to view.

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