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Symbolism of the Masjid

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By Maulana Achmat Salle,Cape Town. Presently, a residing Imaam in Mitchigan, USA.

There is a mosque whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety. It is more worthy that you stand forth therein for prayer. In it are men who love to be purified and Allah loves those who keep themselves pure (al ayah). In order to build a mosque on taqwa (GOD consciousness) the builders must also be GOD-fearing. In another verse ALLAH (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) mentions how Nabi Ebrahim and Ismail” (alayhis salaam) lay the foundation of HIS House in Makkah. One can hear them making thikr and duah. ‘0 Allah, accept from us, YOU are All Hearing, All-Knowing.

Some say a building is a building, but a building can be either an architectural masterpiece like the Taj Mahal or a monstrosity. When we plan our house there is a reason for every object, every plug, window or door we put in. Every adjustment we make we have a reason for it. Similarly, every part, object or style of a masjid carries its own symbolism. Very often we neglect the principles of traditional mosque architecture. These principles are high-lighted in Lings book on “Symbol and Archetype”.

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