Johnnie Kallas

Johnnie Kallas

Johnnie Kallas

The Islamic poetry selections we read from and discussed in class share a lot of the common themes about Islamic worldview already developed throughout the course. Like other forms of art, poetry remains distinctly connected with spirituality and Islamic virtues, and is not very distinct from religion. While poetry often describes topics such as love, areas that are(…)

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Johnnie Kallas

Johnnie Kallas

During our visit to the Cleveland Mosque last Saturday, the connection between art, architecture, and spirituality became very clear. According to some of the articles we have read on Islamic art, it is extremely difficult to separate spirituality from artistic endeavors. Art appears to follow a similar path as other aspects of government and civil society in the(…)

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Johnnie Kallas

Johnnie Kallas

After reviewing the display of Islamic art in the Religion department hall, a major conclusion I have reached is the impossibility of separating religion from artistic work in the Islamic world. Art forms, such as poetry, contain an inherently religious meaning that is not always true with regard to art in the West. A lot of the artwork(…)

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Johnnie Kallas

Johnnie Kallas

Prayer #42 provides very interesting insight on how believers of Islam view God.  According to the prayer, God is an approachable figure to which many different types of individuals can seek refuge.  Not only does God aid and guide beneficent and trustworthy people, He willingly helps sinners and those without friends.  For example, line six(…)

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Johnnie Kallas

Johnnie Kallas

Chapter 31 of the Quran, entitled “Luqman,” discusses the relationship between Allah, truth, and nonbelievers.  The passage obviously advances the supremacy of Allah, stating in that “association [with him] is great injustice” (31:13), showing that Allah remains above and beyond the capacities of any human.  Allah created the heavens and the earth.  He is solely(…)

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