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Generation of Geometric Patterns in Mosques
Good day! I am a senior student from the Philippines, taking up BS Interior Design. I am currently working on a thesis about contemporary mosques. I am planning to apply the motif of "praying hands", using it as the basis for the generation of patterns and applying the principles of repetition, symmetry and change of scale for the interior. (attached is a photo illustrating this motif)I would like to ask if using that motif is appropriate for the assumptions of Islamic tradition. Your response would be very much appreciated, Thank you.
May Camille Santiago
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Generation of Geometric Patterns in Mosques
v.interesting,i think it should not create any opposition from islamic practioners of faith.
Dushyant Nathwani
Generation of Geometric Patterns in Mosques
I think its a unique idea Camille. Plz go ahead and conceptualize this idea and share the outcomes with all members. I appreciate ur creative thinking.
Inam Ul Haq
Generation of Geometric Patterns in Mosques
well its really a good thing to to start with .the repetition and scale change will really generate something interesting .. the main complication with ur concept which i feel is that ur motif is not enclosed figure... it may become complicated in later stages...
Zia-Ur Rahman
Generation of Geometric Patterns in Mosques
islam prays formless air element,and in mosques mihrab (the place) the element is suppossed to be present at the time of prayer with energy is located on north side as most holy shrine of musalims KABA happens to be in that direction....you need to translate your concept in practical interior of a mosque....regards.
Dushyant Nathwani
Generation of Geometric Patterns in Mosques
Dear Mr. Nathwani, your comments about Muslims praying to an air element is wrong. Muslims pray to Allah & not an element like "Air". Secondly your comment about the location of the Kaaba being in the North is wrong. The Qibla direction changes throughout the world. For e.g in India it is West-Northwest. Muslims pray to Allah who is omnipotent. He is present everywhere not just in the Mimbar of the mosque. The mimbar just signifies the direction of the Qibla & the place of the Imam to lead the congregation prayers.

Miss May, I like your idea of "praying hands". Just google a for a few photos & you will be amazed at where all the name of "Allah" can be found in nature. This can be of help to you.All the best to you. Regards.
Mansoor Ali
Generation of Geometric Patterns in Mosques
Hi May Camille,

Just take care to see that the Graphic representation of Allah's name is not found on the floor of your contemporary mosque. Islam requires that the name of "Allah" be treated with the highest honor.
Mansoor Ali
Generation of Geometric Patterns in Mosques
mansurji,i respect your opinion about alah and north as well all the hypothakations prewailing about the mighty power of islam,request you to pardon me for one point that when comparing five elements like earth,water,fire,air and space of hindu religion......i got the clue that alah represnted is present everywhere can also be presented by element air and green clour to understand comparitive nearness of two co-existing philosophies....wish mypoint is explained.
Dushyant Nathwani
Generation of Geometric Patterns in Mosques
Dear Mr.Nathwani, I can understand your hypotheticals. But in Islam Allah cannot be represented by any living being or element or even color. Yes the color "Green" is a color of Islam & is the color of the dome of the last prophet's mausoleum; but the house of Allah, the "Kaaba" is covered with black robes with golden verses.

Camille you can have a look at this mosque designed by a female Turkish architect at this website-http://thecrunchyapple.blogspot.com/2009/06/first-modern-mosque-of-turkey-sakirin.html
Mansoor Ali
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