Jesus & Mary in Islamic Art

Raza Rumi posted a few images on Twitter from a forgotten chapter of our history when Muslim rulers and Muslim artists were keen to experiment with Christian iconography in the miniature art. Since Mary and Jesus Christ are sacred for Muslims, this was even more important.

  • Rex Minor

    Since Mary and Jesus Christ are sacred for Muslims? Is there a place in Islam for the recognition of Christ as such ? Raza Ahmad Rumi should check his statement and try to improve his knowledge about the religion of Islam and that of christianity. 2016 is a good year for start, until then he should better stick to politicking.

    Rex Minor

  • CM

    Once we a Muslims, lose the moral high ground, we are no different from the rest of
    non-Muslims ( Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Christians, Atheists) from the rest of the human brings
    who live their lives as animals, bending any rule to fulfil their desire – Mehdi R Hasan

  • How we are consciously separating religion from festivals and making it more about shopping and less about praying
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    How Santa Claus gradually overshadowed Jesus Christ on Christmas!
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    The story goes that an American visited a Japanese shopping mall and discovered to his horror that a Santa Claus effigy was on a cross! He thought this was a joke, or maybe a political protest, or a post-modern installation, but then he realised this was it was done innocently by store people who just assumed Jesus Christ and Santa Claus were the same people. This is not surprising when you see American serials where parents debate on whether to tell their children if Santa is real, or not. In fact, over time, in many homes, Jesus Christ has been removed from the Christmas discourse. It is all about Santa. Who is Santa?
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    There are many theories. The most popular urban legend is that it was a creation of Coca Cola because Santa Claus wears the same colours as a Coke can. And Santa Claus has become popular to prop up consumerism and is in many ways, what secular capitalism can do to religious rituals. For now you have a father figure who gives you gifts if you are ‘nice’ and no gifts if you are ‘naughty’. So Santa Claus is a kind of God who rewards you with stuff if you do what your parents tell you to do. A perfect capitalist-consumerist bastardisation of the Old Testament Abrahamic God who sends flood and fire and brimstone on people who do not do as he says. In many ways, Diwali is going this way as increasingly people are separating the feasting and gifting from all religious trope.
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    In Germanic Europe, before Christianity arrived, the belief was that in the middle of winter the one-eyed wise and bearded old Odin rides out of his eight-legged horse with a band of hunters across the sky during the festival of Yule. This perhaps has now metamorphosed into the idea of Santa Claus travelling across the sky on his reindeer sleigh, moving down chimneys, to stock gifts for nice children near the Christmas tree, an old pagan symbol. We must remind ourselves that Christmas is the birth of Jesus, and he was born in the desert. There was neither snow nor coniferous trees around the manger that he was born in.
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    Then there is generous St Nicholas of the Byzantine Empire, and Father Christmas of 16th century England and Sinterklaas of the Netherlands, all generous and jolly old men, who helped the poor in the nights when Christ was remembered inside Churches by rich barons and bishops, while outside it was dark and bitterly cold and the serfs starved. While St Nicholas is more like a bishop, Father Christmas and Sinterklaas are jolly old men dressed in red and green coat, lined with fur.
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    A whole Santa cult has emerged, complete with theme parks and letter writings and stories of his elves and Hollywood movies about his wife and his son, and his gift making abilities. Somewhere it competes, even overshadows, the idea of Jesus Christ and his birth in the humble manger surrounded by farm animals, shepherds and visited by three wise men under the special star. Is it the result of old pagan traditions that refused to give way to Church puritanism? Or simply the rise of commerce that invariably jostles for space during festival time? Or is it a deliberate attempt of a festival to distance itself from religion and make the festival less about praying and more about shopping? Things we need to think about as we unwrap those gifts our secret Santas gave us in our offices and schools.

  • tajender

    santa depicts zpoinist control of christianity.santa is copy of coca cola bottle,a zoinist product.

  • rex minor5

    Cm
    We the Muslims have not a higher moral ground versus other in this world. Says rex minor.we are humans and sinners.

    Rex minor

  • engrich

    religion should be seprated from politics.

  • engrich
  • engrich

  • Rex Minor

    Nobody is equivlent to zero and should better take the hike, instead of posting abuses in the jibberish Paki language.

    Rex Minor

  • engrich

    DESCRIMINATION OF MUSLIMS IN JOBS AND OTHER OPPOTUNITIES CONTRIBUTES TO THEIR DESCRIMINATION

    he Telangana director general of police’s observation that random arrests of the Muslim youth whenever there is a terrorist attack and the community’s socio-economic regression have much to contribute to their radicalisation squares with what many civil society organisations have been saying over the years.

    It is surprising that such an observation has come from the head of the police of a state when it is common knowledge that the Indian police have not always behaved with impartiality in cases of communal riots. In the book The Politics of India since Independence, the academic Paul Brass has observed that during communal riots police firings have been disproportionately targeted at Muslims.

    Even when there has been no disturbance, the police do not always dispense even-handed justice. In 2000, when a Muslim boy had been beaten to death in the presence of his father in Delhi, the commissioner of police of the city then had nothing better to say than “Muslims cannot trust us”.

    There are two aspects to Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma’s observation — one is the haste with which the culpable are identified in the case of terrorist attacks, and the other is the backwardness of the Muslim community. On both counts he is right. In several cases after arrests and after having spent years in detention, young Muslims have been set free by courts for want of evidence.

    But in the process they lost precious years of their lives and have little scope to rebuild them. This failing of our criminal justice system is seen in other cases also. For example, in the killing of Muslims in Meerut in 1987 and the Dalit massacre in 1996 in Ara district of Bihar, the accused were found to be blameless though in the Bihar case some of them had been given the death sentence by a subordinate court.

    As regards the socio-economic backwardness of the Muslims, the Sachar Committee report bears it out beyond doubt. When a community feels the odds are heavily stacked against it, it no doubt becomes alienated.

    The police are in many cases a microcosm of society and the prejudices of society do find expression in the behaviour of the police. So what is referred to as ‘police brutality’ is often a manifestation of malignant sentiments embedded in our social DNA. If the police go wrong correctives can be applied. But what about society at large?

  • Majumdar

    RR sb,
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    Nobody sb has a point. You are humbly requested to change “Islamic art” to “Muslim Art” or “Turkish Art” or something.
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    Regards

  • engrich

    DESCRIMINATION OF MUSLIMS IN JOBS AND OTHER OPPOTUNITIES CONTRIBUTES TO THEIR DESCRIMINATION

    pls read,

    DESCRIMINATION OF MUSLIMS IN JOBS AND OTHER OPPOTUNITIES CONTRIBUTES TO THEIR radicalization.
    sorry.

  • nobody

    Maj-umdar Mohammad Sabyastian of course but these Mirzai assholes want to pervert Islam that is how their founder tried to change the basic tenet of Islam, that of finality of prophethood and that is why they desire the label of Islam for their religion as well. This is just part of the same distortion. Next time, please quote what I wrote, that way even if this fuckturd septic tanky deletes me, my point will be preserved unless he deletes you as well.

  • Majumdar

    Nobody sb,
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    I hope Masadi sb will not play foul and fail Septic tank mian deliberately.
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    Regards