“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”
A minaret is a distinctive architectural feature of mosques,usually either free standing or taller than the connected support structure.
Other than providing a visual cue to a Muslim community, the main purpose of the minaret is to provide a vantage point from which the call to prayer is made.
The earliest mosques lacked minarets, the call to prayer performed elsewhere; hadiths relay that the Muslim community of Medina gave the call to prayer from the roof of the house of Muhammad, which doubled as a place for prayer. Around 80 years after Muhammad’s death the first known minarets appeared. ( Paul Johnson, Civilizations of the Holy Land.)
The tallest minaret, at 210 metres (689 ft.) is located at the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco The tallest brick minaret is Qutub Minar located in Delhi, India. ( Jamal Malik, Islam in South Asia)
“Life is a difficult assignment. We are fragile creatures, expected to function at high rates of speed, and asked to accomplish great and small things each day. These daily activities take enormous amounts of energy. Most things are out of our control. We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, hope, ecstasy, and wonder. Being fully human is an exercise in humility, suffering, grace, and great humor. Things and people all around us die, get broken, or are lost. There is no safety or guarantees.
The way to accomplish the assignment of truly living is to engage fully, richly, and deeply in the living of your dreams. We are made to dream and to live those dreams.”
It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque.
The design of the mosque is the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque development. It incorporates some Byzantine elements of the neighbouring Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The architect, Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa, synthesized the ideas of his master Sinan, aiming for overwhelming size, majesty and splendour. – (Wikipedia)
“I’ll be here tomorrow
If I can make it through today.”
The signs of progress…?
Fooling around with some snapshots !
“The frame, the definition, is a type of context. And context determines the meaning of things. There is no such thing as the view from nowhere, or from everywhere for that matter. Our point of view biases our observation, consciously and unconsciously. You cannot understand the view without the point of view.” – Noam Shpancer
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.” – George Bernard Shaw
Around Horseshoe Lake in Woodland WA !
“Ne pierdem în amănuntul dimineții, în căldura amiezii și mai ales în pașii grăbiți spre casă, spre ceea ce suntem obișnuiți zi de zi să facem.
Oare vreodată ai avut curajul să te oprești și să realizezi că defapt, în viață, te grăbești? E vorba de o grabă parcă impusă, undeva notat și apoi remunerat. Altfel nu îmi pot imagina de ce, dimineața, mă grăbesc să nu mă împiedic de scările tarziului și uit să observ că miroase a salcâm. Uit că e ziua de naștere a celei mai importante persoane din viața mea, și asta pentru că e o nouă zi de rutină obositoare.
Este o grabă impusă de artificialul și “normalul” societății și culturii . Dar păcat că ajungem să ne însuşim această grabă și în lumea noastră interioară, contopim visarea cu ora, cu timpul, uităm că răbdarea este un principal atuu al succesului și vrem TOTUL acum, imposibilul nimic să ne aparțină într-o secundă.
Cred cu tărie că această grabă își pune amprenta și asupra sufletului nostru… Și de aici nu e decât un pas către dezamăgire, pentru că nu realizăm că liniștea și visarea se contopesc cu adevărat spre împlinire. Și nu întâmplător am câștigat mult mai mult când nu m-am grăbit și nu am reușit când graba s-a impus!” – (by Mite)
These are just some snapshots of Dubai International Airport. Couple of days back I spent almost twelve hours there. Huge and beautiful airport with everything your heart desires readily and easily available for decent prices. Luxury brands available at every turn of the head, luxurious hotels here and there, restaurants and bars that serve all the food and drinks you ever want. People , like ants, going by their business, running to catch a flight or spending some money from the budget they have for their vacation on things they don’t really need , or looking for that place where they can enjoy the difficult to understand pleasure of inhaling the smoke out of a fine cigarette while gently sipping some caffeine.
And yet, you start getting a quite uneasy feeling when you know that , despite having all the life’s small pleasures there, at your wallet’s desire and possibility, you are stuck in a bubble, you don’t smell the wind and you don’t really feel the sun burning your skin. You can not go anywhere until it is facilitated to you.
Probably, seeing the speed of evolution in technology and in peoples dreams, during our lifetime , we will get closer to having colonies, trying to continue life in the vast universe our planet is a grain of. Would I be able to adapt to such a life? Would I ever want to live such a life? Not sure…and I am glad that I might actually not need to find out (or at least I can hope I don’t need to find that out) .
A foggy early morning in Doha – before and after sunrise