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Monday, May 4, 2015


Scheme depicting the transmission of science and learning from the civilizations of antiquity to the Islamic world.

Nike. From a bronze vessel, probably made in a Greek city of southern Italy, about 490 B.C.

Hitite base with sphinxes from palace of Bar Rakab, Zincirli, Turkey, 8th century B.C.

Christianity. Trumpeters, portending the Last Judgement announce manifestations of flaming mountain was cast into the sea ...

Muhammad's visit to Paradise, depicting Muhammad (right) upon the human-headed steed Buraq and the archangel Gabriel (left. Houris (bottom) exchange nosegays of flowers signifying Friday as the Islamic holiday. From a 15th-century manuscript of the M'raj-name. In the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris (supplement ... 100).

The nocturnal accent (al-mi'raj) of the Holy Prophet.

Not so long ago framed-up pictures of what supposedly to be that of the Prophet on Boraq was a favourite decor in Malay houses including my kampong house. It is a thing past and not anymore because depictions of the Boraq is based on Greek mythology. People have also realised that it is the result of fertile imaginations of (Persian etc) artists in the past to depict and simplify God's work in this case.

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