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The Stunning and Very Rare Architectural Photography of Iranian Mosque Interiors by Mohammad Rez Domiri

These incredible photos capture the intricate detail of the Middle East’s grandest temples - a kaleidoscope of colours on their ceilings. Mohammad Domiri is a young self-taught photographer from northern Iran who takes beautiful photos of traditional architectural monuments throughout the Middle East.
Due to restrictions on tripods, as well as overcrowding, it is very difficult to get permission to shoot inside these grand wonders.  Most of his subjects are grand traditional mosques, heavily decorated with mesmerizing geometric patterns and mosaics, beaming and swirling with colour just like colossal kaleidoscopes.
Even if you are the world’s least religious person, you might feel your hands coming together in prayer naturally when you see the brilliance of this light. As a result there are very few images of such temples - meaning his photography is extremely rare.
More info: gravity.ir | 500px | Facebook

Women have an Islamic right to enter a mosque,
Women have an Islamic right to enter through the main door,
Women have an Islamic right to visual and auditory access to the musalla (main sanctuary),
Women have an Islamic right to pray in the musalla without being separated by a barrier,
Women have an Islamic right to address any and all members of the congregation,
Women have an Islamic right to hold leadership positions and as members of the board of directors and management committees,
Women have an Islamic right to be full participants in all congregational activities,
Women have an Islamic right to lead and participate in meetings, study sessions, and other community activities without being separated by a barrier,
Women have an Islamic right to be greeted and addressed cordially,
Women have an Islamic right to respectful treatment and exemption from gossip and slander.
Speak up. Demand your rights. Stop accepting the status quo. No one is going to change our situation but ourselves. Bring the masjid back to the way it was during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (saws). There is no back entrance to the Kaaba, there isn’t a separate room to God. We all have the right to prayer and no one should be prohibiting this, especially ourselves.
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The Stunning and Very Rare Architectural Photography of Iranian Mosque Interiors by Mohammad Rez Domiri

These incredible photos capture the intricate detail of the Middle East’s grandest temples - a kaleidoscope of colours on their ceilings. Mohammad Domiri is a young self-taught photographer from northern Iran who takes beautiful photos of traditional architectural monuments throughout the Middle East.
Due to restrictions on tripods, as well as overcrowding, it is very difficult to get permission to shoot inside these grand wonders.  Most of his subjects are grand traditional mosques, heavily decorated with mesmerizing geometric patterns and mosaics, beaming and swirling with colour just like colossal kaleidoscopes.
Even if you are the world’s least religious person, you might feel your hands coming together in prayer naturally when you see the brilliance of this light. As a result there are very few images of such temples - meaning his photography is extremely rare.
More info: gravity.ir | 500px | Facebook

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Shades Of The Old Punjab

The Ghuman family of Sarwarpur, near Ludhiana, cannot understand what the fuss is about. Ever since Sajjan Singh Ghuman, an NRI Sikh living in England, rebuilt a mosque in his native village that was damaged during Partition, the shrine, as well as his family back home, have attracted the curiosity of  outsiders. “We never imagined we would be on a Punjabi TV channel just because my elder brother rebuilt this small mosque for the poor Muslim families of our village. For him, it was just a gesture towards restoring the collective heritage of our village,” says Sajjan’s brother, Joga Singh, who manages the family’s lands in Sarwarpur. Sure. But what Joga and his family, or even the TV channel, do not know is that the sentiment that inspired his brother’s act is being manifested in scores of villages across Punjab, with Sikhs and Hindus joining hands to either rebuild old and damaged mosques or build new ones. Odd? Perhaps. But Punjab, as admirers of its unique religious synthesis say, has always defied stereotypes to do its own thing.

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Great Mosque of Córdoba by Alex E. Proimos on Flickr.

The Great Mosque of Cordova is a beautiful example of Islamic architecture, with the famous superimposed striped arches (you can’t really see them here, but you’d recognize them as Moorish or Islamic if you saw them) and intricate geometric patterns. As a mosque, architects and artists were forbidden to depict humans or Allah inside the actual building, so in place of typical European imagery are ornate calligraphic designs and geometric ornamentation. Fun fact- Cordova was once the capital of the Spanish Muslim dynasty of the Ummayads. It really is fascinating to see the overlapping European and Moorish influences in formerly-Islamic Spain.

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