Rusmir Mahmutćehajić

in The Mosque

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225842
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237159 | DOI:

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This chapter presents Islamic teachings about the Virgin Mary. The innermost part of every mosque is its mihrab—the niche in the wall that faces toward Mecca. Every mosque has at least one door through which it may be entered physically; but the mihrab can be described as the door which all the signs within the mosque speak of, and which all its paths lead toward. In saying that all provisions are from God, Mary confirms her testimony to Oneness. She is defined by the testimony that there is no god but God and that, as a result, praising Him is humanity's supreme potential. For her, the Holy Mosque, as the center of the outward world, is the image of the human heart. This is the duality that manifests and confirms Oneness, and Mary's testimony of it is what makes her chosen.

Keywords: Islam; Virgin Mary; mihrab; mosque; Mecca; oneness

Chapter.  1153 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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