Zoe Martens

Zoe Martens

Zoe Martens

I chose Saeb Tabrizi’s Dispersed Couplets, specifically Couplet 2 reading: “The wave is ignorant of the true nature of the sea; how can the temporal comprehend the Eternal?” This poem was significant for me because it explains the Islamic view of the relationship between the Divine and humanity by using imagery of nature. Since all is created in(…)

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Zoe Martens

Zoe Martens

The visits to the Muslim mosque and Hindu temple provided comparative insight into the two religions’ perspectives on the relationship between humans and God. The architecture and decoration of each of the places of worship were very telling as to how the followers of each religion felt they could connect with and praise God. When visiting the mosque,(…)

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Zoe Martens

Zoe Martens

The art reflected the significant Muslim belief that there is no divide between the secular and the sacred. Each work of art was not only visually beautiful, but beautiful in that it praised Allah and brought blessing and good omen. Despite the fact that the art pieces came from many different countries from Iran to Thailand, they all(…)

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Zoe Martens

Zoe Martens

The prayers reveal the nature of God and how he interacts with his human creations. As seen in the prayer on pages 5-6, God is named as “the best”, proving he is unlike any other being, exemplifying the concept of tanzih. But the names he is given such as “forgiver” and “helper” show God’s mercy,(…)

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Zoe Martens

Zoe Martens

Chapter 31, Luqman, focuses on the devotion and truth of Allah, God. I see three main points of this chapter. The first point is performing good deeds and believing in Allah. Through this, one will be rewarded. Those who, “establish prayer and give zakah” will consequently be certain in their faith and will be successful.(…)

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