Islamic Civilization Museum

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We chose to visit the Islamic Civilization museum, located in Sharjah in the Heritage and arts area. Sharjah has been elected in 2014 the capital of Islamic culture in the Arab world, so it is an emirate that really wants to show its significant role in the global culture scene. Sharjah contributed to Islamic and human culture through the interest of its wise leadership in all fields such as science, culture, literature and arts. Culture enthusiast can learn more in Sharjah’s University City, which is an area of the emirate comprised of many different universities where they conduct numerous scientific research in their facilities such as libraries and archaeological centers. Moreover, Sharjah holds many different events during the year…show more content…
Thus, Islamic civilization is based on unity, which stands completely against any racial or ethnic discrimination. Such major racial and ethnic groups as Arabs, Persians, Turks, Africans, Indians, Chinese and Malays in addition to numerous smaller units embraced Islam and contributed to the building of Islamic civilization. Mosques can nowadays be found all over the world and we saw during the visit at the museum different types of mosques in different countries. Since praying five times a day is one of the pillars to Islam, many Muslims constantly go to the mosque and especially for the Friday prayer. That is why it is necessary in all Muslim countries to have many mosques close to where people live so that they can accomplish their prayers there and listen to the Imam, who is the worship leader of a mosque and Muslim community. The mosque is a symbol of the Islamic civilization. The mosque decoration can either be minimal or ornate. The walls and ceiling of many of the great mosques are adorned with exquisite patterns (an example in the UAE would definitely be the Sheikh Zayed mosque of Abu…show more content…
It is a beautiful gold-domed building that was transformed from a traditional covered market to a museum in 2008. It is a place where we get to learn about Islamic faith and science and examine over 5,000 beautiful art crafts and rare manuscripts from the Islamic world. There, we saw many different galleries with different themes. On the ground floor, we visited the Abu Bakr Gallery of Islamic Faith. It is where we found many different Quran manuscripts, principles of the five pillars of Islam and a very beautiful Kiswah, which is a heavy cloth of black silk lined with cotton and embroidered with gold and silver threads that cover the Ka’ba. It dates from the pre-Islamic times. We also saw there the incredible collection of pictures of mosques from all around the world and got to learn facts about their different architectures. We then went to visit a second gallery which is the Ibn Al-Haytham Gallery of Science and Technology. This gallery shows how Islamic civilization expanded the knowledge on science and how much findings and evolution was done in the Islamic era. This gallery covered many different fields of science such as medicine, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry, architecture and much

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