By: William C. Chittick
Anyone with the vaguest knowledge of Islamic culture knows that it has produced extraordinary works of art and architecture — Persian miniatures, the Taj Mahal, the Alhambra. Few are aware, however, that this rich artistic heritage is firmly rooted in a worldview that highlights love and beauty.
The link between love and beauty is clear. We love what we find beautiful. Beauty attracts, ugliness repels. Nor are beauty and ugliness simply physical characteristics. We all know people who are outwardly attractive but personally repellent, and vice versa.
Beauty makes a massive appearance in love poetry like that of Ibn al-Farid, Rumi, Yunus Emre, and countless others. Their verses stir up wonder and delight by evoking the beautiful characteristics of the beloved.
Journalist, film maker and this weeks special guest Bilal Abdul Kareem who was reporting first hand on the ground in Syria will be giving us the inside scoop and all of the hard facts about this group called ISIS/ISIL and will be explaining to us how they went wrong and how they have been misguided.
A special live episode of Understanding Islam at the International Peace Convention from Dubai, Featuring Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, Dr. Zakir Naik and Mufti Menk. April 18th 2014. This video is a property of DubaiMedia.