THE SUBJECT OF JERUSALEM is an extremely significant one for both spiritual and obviously mundane reasons. For men and women of faith, especially those who belong to the world of Abrahamic monotheism, it is of both immediate and ultimate concern……………
One can hardly avoid the conclusion that as long as religion was central to human life,
there was no ecological crisis even if there were minor degradations of the natural envi
IT IS NOT POSSIBLE to discuss Islamic spirituality :Without dealing with
that spiritual reality which is called futuwwah in Arabic and jawan mardi
in Persian and which can be rendered into English as “mystical
youth” or spiritual chivalry………………
Islam and Music: The legal and the Spiritual Dimensions
SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR
The goblet revealing the universe is the heart of the perfeet
The mirror that reveals the Truth is in reality this heart.
The heart is the depository of the treasures of the Divine
Whatever you seek in the two worlds, ask the heart and you
shall attain it.
Shams al-Dïn Lâhïjï, Sharfa-i gulshan-i räz
The Word of Allah is the origin and principle of Islamic art par excellence. Just as the Word descends from the unseen and unmanifest order to the visible and material realm, so too does the art that is based upon it descend from the ‘formless’ sonoral level to the formal visual plane. And just as the Word, once having entered the formal plane of calligraphy, ‘develops’ horizontally by becoming ever more complex, similarly Islamic art unfolds its diverse possibilities through the course of history and in numerous Muslim cultures. By continuously reaffirming the presence of the One in the many and Unity in diversity, Islamic art, through its multifarious forms, allows for all Muslims to gain access to the spiritual journey back to the Origin from which the Divine Word issues.