The first kibla of Muslims: Al-Aqsa Mosque

Arts & Culture / Architecture / Nebi Bozkurt, PhD

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the first kiblah (direction that is prayed to) of Muslims and one of the three places of worship considered most sacred. In Aramaic, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is referred to as Beth Makdesha, in Hebrew Beth Ha-Miqdash and...

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Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock

The Al-Aqsa Mosque... the home of prophets, the first kiblah of Muslims and the symbolic stopover of the Miraj journey that is a place of worship...

This place of worship which is one of the lasting symbols in our minds...

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The Qur'anic Verses in Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabawi

Arts & Culture / Architecture / Murat Sülün, PhD

The Islamic tradition of decorating different works of art, including first and foremost historical buildings, with verses from the Qur'an has an important place in Islamic culture.

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Another first: The Mi'raj Hilya by Calligrapher Ali Hüsrevoğlu

Ali Husrevoglu, one of the leading figures in Islamic calligraphy who has made a unique name for himself with his 30 different hilya (an elaborate work describing an event or person through calligraphy) works, shared his incredible work...

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Prophet Muhammad in Calligraphy

Arts & Culture / The Arts / Hilal Kazan, PhD

The Arabic script was not greatly developed in the pre-Islamic era; it was not used much at this time because the Arabs usually committed things to memory. For this reason, the development of the Arabic script started with the advent Islam...

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Prophet Muhammad in Miniature

Arts & Culture / The Arts / Hilal Kazan, PhD

In the Islamic religion, painting is a sensitive issue continuing to attract debate and the final verdict has not been reached.

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The Place of the Mawlid in Religion

Arts & Culture / Literature / Abdulhakim Yüce, PhD

We seem to think that throughout the history of mankind there has been no confusion of concepts until today. The leading role in this confusion, which is like a contagious disease, infecting the whole world and almost every culture, is played by the media.

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Mawlid

Arts & Culture / Literature / Ahmet Özel, PhD

Throughout history the celebrations connected with the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad's death have been an important component in the religious and social life of Islamic countries; these incredibly colorful and...

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Imam Busiri and the Ode of the Mantle

Arts & Culture / Literature / Mahmut Kaya, PhD

Poets raised in the Islamic world ning with Hassan ibn Thabit and Ka’b ibn Zuhair put forth the most mature works of their genius and art in eulogies and odes written for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). However, some of these are considered to...

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Karbala martyrs have been remembered here in Istanbul for centuries

Muharram is a month which holds unique meaning for the world of Islam and Muslims due to the fact that it is first month of the Hijri (Lunar) year and its 10th day being the day of Ashura. The day of Ashura had signified different meanings for different religions throughout history

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