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Lessons in decoration from the Qur’ānic Sūrah al-Zukhruf (Gold Adornments)

Omer, Spahic (2021) Lessons in decoration from the Qur’ānic Sūrah al-Zukhruf (Gold Adornments). al-Burhān: Journal of Qurʾān and Sunnah Studies, 5 (1). pp. 1-18. E-ISSN 2600-8386

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This paper discusses three lessons in decoration from the Qur’ānic chapter, or sūrah, al-Zukhruf (gold adornments). The lessons recognise and deal with decoration as an intrinsic human pursuit, a means of deception, and a means for enhancing and promoting the truth. Each lesson is discussed in a separate section. The sections are titled in the manner of the essence of the lessons. The paper concludes that the realm of decoration is inborn and instinctive. Its potential impact on human emotions and psyche is such that it can influence man’s behavioural pattern. As a weak and wavering creation, it will be too much for man to bear if too much of worldly beauty, splendour and prosperity is placed at his disposal. Thus blinded, most persons would lose sight of all moral and spiritual considerations and become egocentric, insatiable and cruel. The meaning of inherent beauty, splendour and wealth will then be lost forever in the process. The three lessons are entwined with the nucleus and main emphasis of the sūrah, that is, the exposition of the contrasts between the beauty and glory of the truth and revelation and the false glitter of other counterfeit alternatives. The contents of the lessons represent the gist of the Islamic tawḥīdic (God’s Oneness) worldview.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decoration; Sūrah al-Zukhruf; Deception; Signs; the Truth
Subjects: N Fine Arts > Islamic art and architecture > Islamic decoration
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of History & Civilization
Depositing User: Omer Spahic
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2021 16:11
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2021 16:11
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/88452

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