The Universe is God's Art
The entire universe is a product of God’s art. God manifests His art and power in the movements of the earth, in the rain, in the twittering of a bird and in the color of a violet, in a piece of music, in a sculpture, and in a painting. God is the creator of everything, the maker of all raw materials and the mastermind of laws of chemistry, physics and biology. Man shapes what God has provided him with in due conformity with physical laws; he invents machines, makes various calculations that, thanks to mathematics, lead to the production of cars and airplanes. A musician composes with what already exists in the world. A perceptive mind sees the existence of God behind all these things. Nowhere in the Quran is there a suggestion about the prohibition of music, sculpture or painting. Yet, many sects have banned the arts and have wanted to impose their gloomy world on others.
According to the Islam of the traditionalists, painting and drawing are strictly limited. Despite the total absence of such a prohibition in the Quran, drawing a live figure is banned just like sculpture. The same fabricated hadith has also forbidden keeping pet dogs at home. There have been sarcastic questions derisively posed: “Considering that the Angel of Death is also an angel, shall I be spared death since he shall not visit me at home?”
Say: "Who has made unlawful the nice things that God has brought forth for His servants and the good provisions?" Say: "They are meant for those who believe during this worldly life, and they will be exclusive for them on the Day of Resurrection." It is such that We explain the revelations for those who know. (Qur'an 7:32)
The faithful, according to the Quran, draw benefit from beautiful things not prohibited by God for which he gives thanks to God. Traditionalist Islam is ever after prohibitions and seeks difficulties everywhere and in everything. Such mentalities are convinced that the more they render life difficult, the easier it will be for them to attain heaven. Yet God condemns all additions to and removals from His sayings.
O you who believe, do not make unlawful the good things that God has made lawful to you, and do not aggress; God does not love the aggressors. (Qur'an 5:87)
Say: "Have you seen what God has sent down to you from provisions, then you have made some of it forbidden and some lawful?" Say: "Did God authorize you, or do you invent lies about God?" (Qur'an 10:59)
"Elevated Chambers, Statues, Bowls Like Reservoirs..."
The raising of a hue and cry against poetry was not so intense as against sculpture. The reason was simple: sculpture would lead to idolatry! Given the fact that Hindus worship the cow, must all cows be killed then? The Magians worshipped fire. Did the Prophet ever prohibit the kindling of fire? Can one live in a dark cellar just because there are people that worship the sun? Only in one place in the Quran is there mention of statues and it is in praiseworthy terms.
They made for him what he willed of elevated chambers, statues, bowls like reservoirs, and stationary kettles. (Qur'an 34:13)
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