Art and Architecture

Some Lessons from Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in Architecture: The Prophet’s Mosque in Madīnah

Abstract: This paper discusses some lessons in architecture that can be gleaned using the Prophet’s Mosque in Madīnah as a case study. The paper deals with the following main themes: the meaning and significance of Islamic architecture; function–form relationship; respect for the environment; cleanliness; comprehensive excellence; promoting just social interactions; safety; and the relationship between the indigenous and foreign influences in the spheres of Islamic architecture. Every theme discussed signifies a permanent feature of Islamic architecture which derives its strength and merit from the Prophet’s experiences. Hence, a close analogy is drawn in the paper between those architectural features and the Prophet.
Keywords: Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Madinah, the Prophetís mosque, Islamic architecture, comprehensive excellence
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